How do I set fish as the default shell?

Is there a way to set fish as the default shell in ubuntu netbook remix? I put in my .bashrc to run fish, which works fine, but ubuntu recognizes it as fish running inside bash, which means that when I try to close the shell it warns me that a task is still running.

It doesn’t pop up as a new application, so I can’t pin it to my bar like a normal app.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

You can set fish as your default shell by running

chsh -s $(which fish)

To do so for another user, just add the username at the end of the command, and use sudo.

Then log out and back in.

(To set it back to bash, you need to use Fish syntax of course, like this chsh -s (which bash))

Solution 2

usermod -s /usr/bin/fish username

Must be run as root though.

This will change the shell permanently for the specified user.

Solution 3

I just added the line fish to the end of my .bashrc.

Solution 4

I agree with the chsh is the correct answer. However:

If you run chsh and get error

/usr/local/bin/fish: non-standard shell

simply add the fish binary location to /etc/shells.

Found here.

Solution 5

In /etc/shells, add /usr/local/bin/fish:

# List of acceptable shells for chpass(1).
# Ftpd will not allow users to connect who are not using
# one of these shells.


Then chsh -s /usr/local/bin/fish.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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