I recently tried zsh as a shell but didn't like it much. Then removed it and I still continue to use bash.

When I was using bash, I had this cool script 'nautilus-open-terminal' which lets you open a terminal in the directory you are currently in, with right-click to an empty area in nautilus.

However, after removing zsh from my computer, I noticed that nautilus-open-terminal was not working. When I press 'Open In Terminal', the terminal was being opened for a split second and immediately closing itself.

To avoid the terminal to close itself, I set the terminal's preferences as [When Command Exits: Hold the Terminal Open]

As you can see in the above link, Hold The Terminal Open is selected

And after doing this, now I could see the problem. When I pressed 'Open In Terminal', I saw this screen:

Nautilus-Open-Terminal tries to use zsh

To conclude, my nautilus-open-terminal tries to use zsh instead of my bash; therefore it crashes since i do not have a /bin/zsh file anymore.

This problem of 'nautilus-open-terminal immediately closes itself' is quite common as far as I can see. However, from the posts I have seen, people talk about different issues that cause the same problem that I have.

Now comes my question:

How do I reconfigure my nautilus-open-terminal so that it will use the bash instead of zsh?

  • And yes, I tried purged remove and installing it again.

Thank you for your interests.

  • what's the output of echo $SHELL
    – Ron
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:32
  • It IS indeed /bin/zsh. How do I change that? * Btw, when i used chsh to change my shell, I was able to do it and now, chsh command still shows me /bin/bash. Interesting. Aug 15, 2015 at 17:34
  • That's exactly what I did actually. However, after doing that, when i echo $SHELL, I still see /bin/zsh. Aug 15, 2015 at 17:38
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    just log-out and log-in
    – Ron
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:43
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    @Ron It's your answer...
    – A.B.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:56

1 Answer 1


Make bash your default shell by:

chsh -s /bin/bash

then log-out and log-in. Now, nautilus-open-terminal will use bash.

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    As you're a reputation 6 user: If this answer helped you, don't forget to click the grey at the left of the answer, which means "yes, this answer is valid"! ;-)
    – A.B.
    Aug 15, 2015 at 18:30
  • Thanks for the tips, guys. I pointed Ron's answer to be the one and upvoted. Aug 15, 2015 at 18:42

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