Thank you all for the ideas about what was up with $SHELL. I'm not
sure where the problem was, but it is now fixed, SHELL is once again
being set up correctly. There are two possible explanations:
1) I installed 10.6.1 this morning.
2) I had changed my login shell to /bin/sh and back to /bin/csh using
the chpass(1) command. Using Scott's suggestion, I checked it through
System Preferences->Accounts Advanced Options. It was correct there
as /bin/csh, but I went ahead and saved the current settings. Perhaps
that set something that was missed when changing the login shell via
I did both of these things before I had started up X today, so I
couldn't say for sure which of these two actions fixed the SHELL issue.
The only other issue that I have is that anything that starts out of
my ~/.xinitrc gets started with a working directory of / instead of
$HOME. It has been this way for some time, at least since I was
running the default Leopard X11. My fix for this has been to just add
a "cd $HOME" at the top of my ~/.xinitrc, which seems to be a
On Sep 12, 2009, at 2:46 PM, Scott Buchanan wrote:
For Snow Leopard did you set the default shell in your account
information? (System Preferences->Accounts and then right-click on
your account to get the Advanced Options)
On Sep 12, 2009, at 8:26 AM, Doug McNutt wrote:
I donno if it's still true because I'm limited to OS 10.3.9 for
compatibility with my SE/30 file server.
Having used csh since before Macintosh, and even after Mac via
MPW's version, I was really surprised to find that PATH and SHELL
were a problem in OS neXt. Environment.plist and ~/.tcshrc seemed
not to be working at all.
What I found was that the startup script for tcsh and csh in /etc
was getting executed AFTER environment.plist and ~/.tcshrc.
The PATH variable and perhaps SHELL were getting arbitrarily reset.
I left those files in place but removed the contents. Yes. I filed
a bug but never heard anything.
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