When i installed zsh and add oh-my-zsh i cant execute command like ifconfig and services.

To install zsh i execute this commands:

$ sudo apt-get install zsh
$ wget https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/raw/master/tools/install.sh -O - | zsh
$ chsh -s `which zsh`

My .zshrc look like this:

# If you come from bash you might have to change your $PATH.
  export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

# Path to your oh-my-zsh installation.
  export ZSH=/home/kuchar/.oh-my-zsh

# Set name of the theme to load. Optionally, if you set this to "random"
# it'll load a random theme each time that oh-my-zsh is loaded.
# See https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/wiki/Themes

# Uncomment the following line to use case-sensitive completion.

# Uncomment the following line to use hyphen-insensitive completion. Case
# sensitive completion must be off. _ and - will be interchangeable.

# Uncomment the following line to disable bi-weekly auto-update checks.

# Uncomment the following line to change how often to auto-update (in days).
# export UPDATE_ZSH_DAYS=13

# Uncomment the following line to disable colors in ls.

# Uncomment the following line to disable auto-setting terminal title.

# Uncomment the following line to enable command auto-correction.

# Uncomment the following line to display red dots whilst waiting for completion.

# Uncomment the following line if you want to disable marking untracked files
# under VCS as dirty. This makes repository status check for large repositories
# much, much faster.

# Uncomment the following line if you want to change the command execution time
# stamp shown in the history command output.
# The optional three formats: "mm/dd/yyyy"|"dd.mm.yyyy"|"yyyy-mm-dd"
# HIST_STAMPS="mm/dd/yyyy"

# Would you like to use another custom folder than $ZSH/custom?
# ZSH_CUSTOM=/path/to/new-custom-folder

# Which plugins would you like to load? (plugins can be found in ~/.oh-my-zsh/plugins/*)
# Custom plugins may be added to ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/
# Example format: plugins=(rails git textmate ruby lighthouse)
# Add wisely, as too many plugins slow down shell startup.

source $ZSH/oh-my-zsh.sh

# User configuration

# export MANPATH="/usr/local/man:$MANPATH"
# You may need to manually set your language environment
# export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

# Preferred editor for local and remote sessions
# if [[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]]; then
#   export EDITOR='vim'
# else
#   export EDITOR='mvim'
# fi

# Compilation flags
# export ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64"

# ssh
# export SSH_KEY_PATH="~/.ssh/rsa_id"

# Set personal aliases, overriding those provided by oh-my-zsh libs,
# plugins, and themes. Aliases can be placed here, though oh-my-zsh
# users are encouraged to define aliases within the ZSH_CUSTOM folder.
# For a full list of active aliases, run `alias`.
# Example aliases
# alias zshconfig="mate ~/.zshrc"
# alias ohmyzsh="mate ~/.oh-my-zsh"

When i execute PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH nothing change, still cant use ifconfig and service.

  • What OS are you using? Were you able to use the "service" command with a different shell, like bash? If so, what's the output of command -v service in that shell?
    – jayhendren
    Dec 7, 2016 at 1:23
  • ifconfig and service are likely in /sbin or /usr/sbin.
    – muru
    Dec 7, 2016 at 2:26
  • The operating system is hidden in the tags, jayhendren. Nonetheless, this is a poorly written question. It has: no demonstration of the command not working; no demonstration of the Z Shell in action, or that the changed shell was actually invoked at all; confusion as to the name of the command being sought, sometimes service mosttimes services; which zsh, but not which ifconfig or which services; no indication that an ifconfig command is even installed in the first place (as opposed to the tools from the iproute2 package).
    – JdeBP
    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:07
  • @jayhendren now when i go back to bash i got bash: ifconfig: command not found also on command -v service nothing return. I use Raspbian. I was able to use service and ifconfig before i install oh-my-zsh
    – kuchar
    Dec 7, 2016 at 8:52
  • Why down vote on this question?
    – kuchar
    Dec 13, 2016 at 13:27

2 Answers 2


Solution for this problem:

Change this in your zsh config file ~/.zshrc export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH to this: export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:$PATH Save and reboot for sure.


Open up your ~/.bashrc and ~/.zshrc files side by side, copy all command PATHs you are missing from your .bashrc into your .zshrc file, save, and restart your terminal. All set!

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