Just updated to 18.04.1 I use Terminal only. When I do an su to one my users that runs a game, I only get a $ and no name of the user and does not show current location. Also, tab autocomplete will not work for those users either. I can still navigate just fine if I manually type everything. Tab auto complete works for my regular user as well as root.

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    What if you try su - username ?
    – Ravexina
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:02
  • Nope, that doesn't work either.
    – Xor
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:02
  • What is the output of getent passwd username | cut -f7 -d:? also which bash?
    – Ravexina
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:03
  • I get no output from getent passwd username | cut -f7 -d: And which bash says /bin/bash
    – Xor
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:15
  • you have to place your username instead of username, ex: getent passwd ravexina | cut -f7 -d:
    – Ravexina
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:16

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getent passwd username | cut -f7 -d:

if you get an empty result it means your user does not have a default shell thus it is using /bin/sh by default. And that is why it looks like what you are describing.


sudo chsh -s /bin/bash username

to fix the issue

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