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start shell



Exit from the CLI environment and create a UNIX-level shell. To return to the CLI, type exit from the shell.

Juniper Networks does not provide support for operations in the shell.

  • To issue this command, the user must have the required login access privileges configured by including the permissions statement at the [edit system login class class-name] hierarchy level.

  • UNIX wheel group membership or permissions are no longer required to issue this command.



Create a UNIX C shell.


Create a UNIX Bourne shell.

user username

(Optional) Start the shell as another user.

Additional Information

When you are in the shell, the shell prompt has the following format:

An example of the prompt is:

Required Privilege Level

shell or maintenance

Output Fields

When you enter this command, you are provided feedback on the status of your request.

Sample Output

start shell csh

Release Information

Command introduced before Junos OS Release 7.4.