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Mac OS X Terminal not logging in

When I open my Terminal.app the terminal opens, but nothing shows. The title bar says login, so I assume its a problem with /usr/bin/login. Confusingly when I restart it works for a bit and then again stops working.

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marked as duplicate by Sathya May 20 '11 at 9:36

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Try changing the session shell in : Preferences -> Start -> Open shells with command : /bin/bash (for example).

  1. Try with the same shell you use normally.
  2. If the problem persists, try with another shell (like /bin/zsh).

With this we should see where is the problem (/usr/bin/login, or .bashrc or any .rc file)

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No matter what shell I use, I cannot get past it. Even if I do specify /bin/zsh it says login in the titlebar. –  user15691 Oct 27 '09 at 21:03
    
Well strange. It shouldn't say "login" when you specify /bin/zsh. It should bypass /usr/bin/login and directly run /bin/zsh. Did you put something in a .profile or .bashrc (or another .rc) file ? –  Studer Oct 27 '09 at 23:14
    
Terminal always creates a terminal session via /usr/bin/login. If you specify a custom shell or other command, it passes that as an argument to login and login runs the command instead of the user's default shell. –  Chris Page Aug 21 '11 at 9:06

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