I changed guake to use /bin/zsh from /bin/bash. now it doesnt start. by start, i mean that when click the shortcut key, guake just pops up for a second, and then disappears. I changed the default interpreter back to bash, and it works. what is the problem?

As an aside, how can I make zsh the default terminal shell?

  • Remember that the full path of zsh in /usr/bin/zsh, whereas bash's /bin/bash.
    – loevborg
    Nov 24, 2010 at 10:44
  • zsh seems to ship a /bin/zsh4. Is that insufficient? Nov 24, 2010 at 19:09
  • There is a /bin/zsh in Maverick, and I think also previous releases.
    – poolie
    Nov 25, 2010 at 2:56
  • neither of /usr/bin/zsh or /bin/zsh work. Nov 25, 2010 at 5:23

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The symptoms you describe are a lot like the bugs http://pad.lv/360253 and http://pad.lv/625192 so I suggest you add some debugging information to the latter. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport for how to get a crash file to attach to the bug.

As an aside, how can I make zsh the default terminal?

It's a shell, not a terminal. But to change it just for your account, you want

chsh -s /bin/sh

and to change it for newly-added accounts, change DSHELL in /etc/adduser.conf.

  • thanks for the correction. Also, does it mean that I have to change the first line in all the scripts from #! /bin/bash to #! /bin/zsh ? Nov 24, 2010 at 7:49
  • Uh, what are you trying to accomplish? The instructions I gave are to make zsh the default shell when you log in or start a text terminal.
    – poolie
    Nov 24, 2010 at 8:05
  • no, your answer was correct, It just struck me that there are some scripts that have the shebang, and just asked for clarification. Nov 24, 2010 at 8:40
  • Scripts with no shebang are I believe run by /bin/sh which is a link to dash on Ubuntu.
    – poolie
    Nov 24, 2010 at 9:35
  • @Kaustubh: Do not change the shebang line on any script. Bash and zsh have (slightly) different syntax, zsh can't execute a bash script or vice versa. Nov 25, 2010 at 2:13

I've solved the same problem by running zsh in Terminal. This created new .zshrc file. So, I think, this problem caused by lack of .zshrc

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