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Bug 365 - /bin/zsh is missing from /etc/shells after upgrade from 5.1. to 5.2
Summary: /bin/zsh is missing from /etc/shells after upgrade from 5.1. to 5.2
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: zsh
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Cristian Gafton
QA Contact:
: 228 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
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Reported: 1998-12-09 18:51 UTC by J|rgen Christoffel
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-02-11 23:15:45 UTC

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Description J|rgen Christoffel 1998-12-09 18:51:56 UTC
This relates to bug ids #228 and #303.

I just upgraded from 5.1 to 5.2 and before the upgrade
/bin/zsh definitely was in /etc/shells and now it isn't

I did a quick check of the post-install scripts with

for p in $(rpm -qa) ; do
  echo "%%%%% $p %%%%%"
  rpm -q --scripts $p | grep /etc/shells
done | more

and didn't find anything obviously wrong. But the timestamps
on /etc/shells and /tmp/upgrade.log show that the change
must have happened after upgrade.log was completed:

     64 Wed Dec 09 18:47:14 1998 /etc/shells
   5340 Wed Dec 09 18:47:08 1998 /root/upgrade-5-2.log

The last package updated was zsh, which does check for the
existance of /bin/zsh in its post-install script. So I'd say
the installation script itself mangles /etc/shells after
installing all upgrades.

Comment 1 Jay Turner 1998-12-09 21:09:59 UTC
Very easy to reproduce, unfortunately.

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1998-12-09 21:12:59 UTC
*** Bug 365 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
upgraded from 5.0 to 5.2, and when I was done, I couldn't
ftp to the box, though I'd been able to before. Turns out my
additions to /etc/shells (for my own login shell) had
disappeared, and /etc/shells had been returned to a
pristine, out of the box state.

Had the process left behind a .rpmsave file, that'd be at
least consistent with the rest of the changes that had
happened -- as it is, though, rpm -qf /etc/shells disavows
any knowledge of the file.  Oops.  Some upgrade script isn't
checking to make sure things haven't changed...

------- Additional Comments From  12/08/98 15:51 -------
I installed RH5.0, added a last line to /etc/shells of /bin/zsh.  I
upgraded from 5.0 to 5.2, and observed the /etc/shells was identical
to the one I had made in RH5.0.  Sorry, couldn't duplicate the

Comment 3 Jay Turner 1998-12-09 21:13:59 UTC
*** Bug 365 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
When upgrading to 5.2. The /etc/shells file is changed and
set to a value which does not contain (at least) /bin/zsh.

		-- Erick

PS: This is probably not a zsh problem, but /etc/shells
doesn't seem to belong to any package.

------- Additional Comments From  12/04/98 12:56 -------
I did an upgrade from 5.1 to 5.2 and this file was not changed. Also
it does not contain an entry for /bin/zsh in either 5.1 or 5.2

Comment 4 Erik Troan 1999-01-11 21:38:59 UTC
This is a problem in the package, not the install.

Comment 5 Mike Maher 1999-02-11 23:15:59 UTC
changed preinstall script in zsh RPM to be more simple:

if [ ! -f /etc/shells ]; then
        echo "/bin/zsh" > /etc/shells
        echo "/bin/zsh" >> /etc/shells

testing the RPM it does removes and place /bin/sh in the /etc/shells

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