[wellylug] Console prompt changing

David Antliff dave.antliff at paradise.net.nz
Sun Aug 24 18:34:34 NZST 2003

Usually the prompt is 'programmed' somewhere like /etc/profile,
/etc/bashrc, ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_profile, ...

For example, I program mine thusly:

PS1="\[\e[34m\]\h:\[\e[36m\]`pwd`\[\e[37m\] $ "

This looks like (e.g):

blackbird:~/src $ grep blah

With 'blackbird:' in blue, ~ in cyan, and $ and the commandline in white.

Actually I do a bit more than this, by tidying up the working directory
with a nice little function that keeps it a manageable number of
characters long (to stop it wrapping around in my xterm and making it
hard to read - I prefer partial and full paths to just the last path


(notice the '..')

But I dont want to confuse you so I'll leave that out unless anyone
asks for it.


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> From: Jethro Carr <dodocaptain at paradise.net.nz>
> To: LUG <wellylug at lists.naos.co.nz>
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> Date: 24 Aug 2003 17:11:40 +1200
> Subject: [wellylug] Console prompt changing
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> I've got a strange & probably basic problem. My console prompt used to
> be displayed in this format:
> [root at Presario root]#
> But for some reason, it changed to:
> bash-2.05b$
> This doesn't affect the root prompt, which is still the same. I don't
> remember editing any config files...
> Does anyone know what I did & how to fix it?
> I think it might be something as simple as a key combination...
> -thanks
> --- Jethro
> dodocaptain at paradise.net.nz
> homepages.paradise.net.nz/jethroc/

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