Influx command doesn't always return the InfluxDB shell

I’ve noticed that while having 2 different versions of Influx installed on 2 different Debian VM’s, one InfluxDB shell version: 1.6.7~rc and the other one Influx CLI 2.0.9 (git: d1233b7951) build_date: 2021-10-01T21:09:53Z I am unable to get into the InfluxDB shell when using the 2.0.9 version.

How can I do that or better yet, is there an alternative option that would allow me to create and manage databases?

@Jamesb the interactive shell was dropped in the v2 CLI. The help-text you see when typing influx (or influx -h) will print all the available top-level commands. To create and manage databases in 2.x you’ll want to use the bucket commands.