Everytime I use my terminal, I am always put into the dash shell instead of bash. Is there any way to change this even just for my user only? Tried apt-alternatives but setting the default shell can't be found.

I am using Debian Jessie testing btw.


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I'm not Debian user, but all installed shells you can check in:


to change shell, you can use

$ chsh -s /bin/bash

to check active shell use

echo $SHELL

Try doing this :

$ chsh -s /bin/bash

You can also edit /etc/password and modify your line with /bin/bash @ the end of the line

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