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Dash is an acronym for debian almquist shell. Dash is a direct descendant of BSD's ash.


root # emerge app-shells/dash


Login shell

To use dash as your login shell, you must whitelist dash for pam.

root # echo "/bin/dash" >> /etc/shells

User Shell

To add a user using dash as its default shell:

root # useradd -s /bin/dash username

To make your current users shell dash:

root # chsh -s /bin/dash