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Re: system default shell

From: Dale P. Smith
Subject: Re: system default shell
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 16:49:08 -0400

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On 11Oct2001 01:15PM (+0200), David Pirotte wrote:
> > how can i ask
> >
> >       (system <...>)
> >
> > to use the default user shell (instead of 'sh)
> >
> > for example (system "beep") works in bash
> >
> You'll have to lookup the user's shell and call it inside your system
> command. `system'is meant to give consistent results regardless of the
> user's shell.
> (system "bash -c 'beep'") would be an example of how to force use of
> bash, but if you really want to get the user's shell you will have to
> use getpwent and the like.

Don't most (if not all) shells have a $SHELL variable? Or is that yet
another bashism?

Dale P. Smith
Treasurer, Cleveland Linux Users Group
Senior Systems Consultant, Altus Technologies Corporation
440-746-9000 x339

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