I ran a fresh install of garuda dragonised,it comes with a fish shell by default. I had no experience with this so asked the installer to add zsh -which it did along with config files.

Upon booting into the system I was still running fish but zsh appeared to be installed and have config in place so I tried chsh and a reboot on my login account.

Upon logging back in echo "$SHELL" will return /usr/bin/zsh but the active shell is very clearly still fish

To be honest I kinda gave up and decided to roll with fish yesterday but I would like to try to understand what might have happened...

I was very clear not to get confused between my own account and sudo - in fact I set both to zsh and rebooted again for good measure with no change to the actual shell presented (still fish) for either but with both reporting /usr/zsh or /usr/bin/zsh

if i try to run source ~/.zshrc then I get errors about assignment using = in fish, I should use SET HISTFILE instead

UPDATE: changed title to reflect new understanding, I have also removed zsh, all config and re-installed

  • I can run zsh manually and it seems to work fine
  • i am launching the shell from konsole via the gui

I am now thinking the call to launch konsole is probably binding a particular shell - any tips where to look would be appreciated

  • what does which /bin/sh return
    – belkarx
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 16:02
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    Related: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/522907/… Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 16:06
  • @belkarx ẁhich /bin/sh returns /bin/sh
    – SwiftD
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 16:30
  • @fuzzydrawings thanks, I'll have a read
    – SwiftD
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 16:31
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    How did you use chsh? If you used it with sudo, you've changed root's login shell, not yours. Do you have a .zshrc, .zprofile or .zshenv file in your home directory? If so, does it say to start the fish shell? Can you start the zsh shell by typing zsh?
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 16:38

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Thank you all for your help in working through this.

It turned out to be a setting binding the shell to the Konsole terminal. There is a command line flag to pass this in when launching.

For the garuda KDE based desktop you can access this setting under settings->configure konsole-> edit profile from the konsole gui menus`


Right clicking in the fish terminal then under configure profile under command changing it to /usr/bin/zsh solve my problem. It was stuck with /usr/bin/fish

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