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484 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2011 3:24 AM by Mark Jalbert RSS
losroche1 Calculating status...
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Jun 6, 2011 8:33 AM

When I try to open Terminal I get the following message: "you are not authorized to run this application. The administrator has set your shell to an illegal value" I am the administrator and have re-booted but no fix.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to losroche1)

    Step one is to create a new admin user account, log into it, and see if the problem persists.


    Step two is to repost your issue and results from step one to the Unix forum.

    27" i7 iMac, 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Mark Jalbert Level 5 Level 5 (4,385 points)
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    Jun 8, 2011 3:24 AM (in response to losroche1)

    Either you have a problem with the shell value in Directory Services or something is amiss in the file /etc/shells.


    From System Preferences > Accounts (unlock if necessary) > Select your account holding down the control key > Select Advanced Options. Change the Login Shell: value to /bin/bash then click the OK button. Exit System Preferences. Log Out or restart your computer. Hopefully this works.


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