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Is the a way to specify a multi line prompt in Korn shell?

I am planning to swhitch from bash to ksh. In bash I have a very simplistic prompt, but it is 2 line prompt. I hate when input position changes depending on directory depth. My PS1 in bash is:

PS1='$(echo $?): \w\n>> '

Which results in prompt like:

0: /var/log
>> _
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Just put an embedded newline inside the string:

PS1='$(echo $?): $PWD
>> '
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Such a trivial thing! I tried putting newline char and it did not work. Did not think about explicitly putting newline. – Andreas Nov 7 '11 at 12:38
May I suggest you change the >> to something else? '> or >> in a prompt may lead to nasty results if you accidentally cut&paste your screen contents. Maybe » or with an UTF-8 charset is also a nice prompt and has no special meaning for a shell. – ktf Nov 7 '11 at 15:51
$'\n' will embed a newline too. – amphetamachine Nov 8 '11 at 0:06
@amphetamachine, not in my Ksh. Where you tried that? – manatwork Nov 8 '11 at 8:37
I think $'string' is bash only which wouldn't help here. The embedded newline approach is probably the easiest way to do it. – jw013 Nov 8 '11 at 20:25

This seems to work for me on ksh


The output is like below

myhost /user/varghese
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