I just uploaded a version of shadow that provides scripts for the
maintenance of /etc/shells. I decided very quickly when I became the
shadow maintainer that I didn't want to (and probably wasn't qualified to
be) an arbiter of acceptable shells.
/etc/shells is no longer a config file, but is maintained by the
add-shell and remove-shell programs. So, if a package contains
something that the maintainer thinks ought to be a valid login shell,
it's postinst should, (on initial install only, to allow a sysadmin to
take it out again), run:
In the postrm, probably on remove, the package should call
Packages using this mechanism must declare a dependency on
passwd (>= 4.0.3-10). As the various shells start to use it, the
default shells list will start getting shorter, but that's not
expected to happen until at least sarge+1.
(you will be able find the above documentary verbiage in
share and enjoy