How can I configure zsh to be the default shell under Cygwin?
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Unless you're using cygwin as a multiuser environment (in which case use
Otherwise, you just change cygwin.bat to run
Of course, if you want to run multiple shells from startup, just create a set of
I felt I should update this to provide info on doing this without
Just thought I'd add this answer in case it helps anyone who's looking for it. If you use chere (which adds a "Bash prompt here" option to the right-click context menu of any folder), you can set it to zsh ("Zsh Prompt Here") with:
If I read your question right, you're looking for something else than what chere supplies (which, granted, is pretty cool in its own right).
The current version of Cygwin doesn't have an /etc/passwd file, and the system I'm working on has Windows account information in a domain database out of my control. Consequently, chsh is no longer supported.
I also found that bash is not hard-coded into the startxwin script, nor is it hard-coded in any .bat file. Turns out you don't need to fiddle with .bat files at all.
Searching for how to change my shell, I found some advice about mkpasswd
I added it to the mix.
The man-page said:
(I don't know why the spacing is so "off"...)
I then used the following command:
mkpasswd -c | sed -e 'sX/bashX/zshX' | tee -a /etc/passwd
The next time you open a Cygwin Terminal, it will go straight to zsh
And that, I think, is what you asked for.