How to set the default shell in Linux

One thing I always forget when logging into a new Linux server is is how to set the default shell.

The below command sets the default to bash

chsh -s /bin/bash

From the man page for chsh

The chsh command changes the user login shell. This determines the name of the users initial login command. A normal user may only change the login shell for her own account, the superuser may change the login shell for any account

Replace /bin/bash with the path to your preferred shell

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