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For some reason, when I run chsh -s /bin/zsh, my $SHELL environment variable isn't getting set. When I run:

echo $SHELL

It outputs:

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chsh does only affect subsequent logins, not the shell you are currently running.

Try to log out and log in again or restart your graphical system or display manager. $SHELL should then be set, if the chsh command succeeded.

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