A string of characters displayed by interactive shells to signal the shell is waiting a user input.

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Newline (“\n”) before output in bash

I want to modify my output in bash for better view of output. Simply put \n before this. How can I change it in .bashrc? For example: It's default: root@comp:$ abc bash: abc: command not found I ...
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How to fix shell prompt ( ps1 ) after remote login

I am observing the below strange prompt after login to my remote machine from ubuntu 14.04. This only happens while I'm using the ubuntu gui terminal and not via putty. Any suggestion to fix it?
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How can I escape an exclamation point in the PS1 environment variable?

It is substituted with the history number even if I try to escape it with a backslash.
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PROMPT_DIRTRIM not working

I have the following in my .bash_profile: PROMPT_DIRTRIM=3 export PS1='$ \u in \w: ' However, when I navigate deep within a directory, the path doesn't shorten. This is what the prompt shows: $ ...
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Why is $ the default symbol for a user shell and # the default symbol for a root shell?

Operating a standard bash shell on a server, the PS1 prompt defaults to ending in a $ for non-root users, and # for root. IE: ubuntu@server:~$ sudo su root@server:/home/ubuntu# Why is this?
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Custom Linux log in prompt and system health check

I am looking for an existing tool or direction on creating a custom login terminal and system health-check scripts when booting/logging into my linux machine. Upon opening or closing the laptop much ...
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Define root prompt and non root prompt in one rc file

I'm writing a restore script for my dotfiles and I find it really irritating that I have to have two .tcshrc for both root and user where they only differ by one line. Is there a way of defining the ...
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Weird user in shell

I use iTerm on OS X 10.10 When I start iTerm I get the weird user unknownA988274AC:~ myUserName$: That was not there before. Before there was myUserName$: Any ideas where that comes from?!
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Fish shell shows dark-grey “⎔ characters in prompt

I'm pretty certain this is some foible of my SSH client (RoyalTS for Windows) but, having just installed and changed to fish shell, my prompt is preceded by two dark-grey ⎠characters. It doesn't ...
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Different hostname / prompt is shown after logging in as root

[mayur@centos ~]$ su Password: [root@centos mayur]# I want it to be "centos" only. How to do it?
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Shell prompt displays .f>

I am running SSH through this command: ssh <machine-name> But instead of seeing the machine name in the prompt, I see .f>. Normally the prompt looks something like machinename> Any ...
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tcsh prompt changes with change of directory

I am trying to change my prompt to be permanent no matter what directory I am in. I put set prompt = "%n@%M %T>" in my .cshrc and upon opening a console it looks as expected. However as soon as I ...
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align rprompt with top of prompt

I've recently been getting really excited about zsh, and making myself an extravagant prompt, but I'm stuck trying to align my RPROMPT. I have an output like this: | [14:59:44] git:(master) ...
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Show last three directories in the prompt [duplicate]

I am trying to set prompt of the shell to show atleast last 3 directories. I am using the following to show present working directory, set prompt = " %~>" (Home directory will be replace with ~ ...
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how to make your tcsh command promt show LSF job count?

I want to monitor LSF job count through command promt. %j will not give me LSF job count. Can anyone tell how to configure command prompt to show LSF job count ?
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bash prompt got reset every time I login

I asked this question some time ago about the shell does not displaying the path. Recently I found out that the .bashrc does not get sourced (and this should be a normal practice?). Currently, the ...
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Redirect all output, including input prompts [duplicate]

I know that doing command &> /dev/null suppresses all output file descriptors. But I notice that it does not work for commands that request input from the user, most notably ssh: > ssh ...
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tcsh shell prompt to show unfinished jobs count

How do I make my tcsh shell prompt to show unfinished background jobs? I understand %j will tell me unfinished job number count but prompt goes stale if I keep it idle. Ideally, I would like prompt to ...
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tty, console prompt customization?

My Arch based system directly boots to tty and i never use x system or gui. I want to change prompt or whatever which looks like [root@0 ~]#. I want to change it to current time 12 hours format and no ...
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How to always print the prompt on a new line & keep input

We all know this annoying issue: $ printf "abc" > some-file $ cat some-file abc$ which tends to mess up the prompt if it is any more complex than $, throws off the current cursor position and ...
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Conditional PS1

I'm basically trying to make my PS1 look like this when in a git repo: $ ~/Projects/Blah (master): Or if I'm not in a Git repo, I want it to look like this: $ ~/Projects/Blah: This is my current ...
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Setting up command promt in tcsh to show only last 3 working directory instead of complete path?

I have command prompt in tcsh that shows the current working directory. The problem is that the command prompt becomes very big once I am in a deep hierarchy of folders. How do I set the command ...
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Save cursor position and restore it in terminal

I am playing with some terminal capabilities to create async prompt output on bash. I want to get something like this: while outputting string in PROMPT_COMMAND, save terminal cursor position, print ...
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Can I display GIT in prompt when current directory has a .git folder?

Can I display GIT in prompt when current directory has/contains a .git folder? Is there a way to do this? My current prompt is defined like so: export PS1="[\u@\h] \w $ " So, my prompt looks ...
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Utility for managing and defining prompt definitions

Due to escape sequences, prompt definitions often have dyslexia-inducing complexity. For example, here is one person's definition: ORIG=$PS1 PS1="\[${txtund}${green}\]LOCAL\[\[${reset}\]"; PS1+="\$(...
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Prompt: replace custom path with a short word like ~ for home

When I call cd /Users/mu3/apps the prompt simplifies it like this: mu3 [~/apps]: Is this possible to do the same for custom path like cd /Users/mu3/Development/Web/test: mu3 [DEV/test]: I'm ...
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Shorten path in zsh prompt

Bash has the PROMPT_DIRTRIM option, e.g. when I set PROMPT_DIRTRIM=3, then a long path like: user@computer: /this/is/some/silly/path would show instead as: user@computer: .../some/silly/path ...
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What configuration exists in CentOS but not in Ubuntu, which shows user@hostname for remote terminal sessions?

We have a standard "basic server" install of CentOS 6.7 for our servers, and Ubuntu 14.04 for our desktops. From my Ubuntu desktop, when I ssh into a remote server (ie: ssh into a CentOS instance), ...
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What does [vmuser@localhost ~]$ mean?

What does the vmuser, localhost, ~, and $ mean in: [vmuser@localhost ~]$
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New line after the command prompt

Is there any way I can configure terminal applications to display command text from front of $ to under the user name on terminal window? See image attached. I use terminator.
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Compact bash prompt when using a directory tree / filename

In a system with Ubuntu 14.04 and bash, I have the PS1 variable ending with the following contents: \u@\h:\w\$ so that the prompt appears as user@machinename:/home/mydirectory$ Sometimes, ...
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How to change the part after root@

For example. [root@ip-10-0-7-225 ~]# I edited /etc/hosts but it didn't work.
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Update 'changing' variables every time PS1 is called, i.e. every new prompt [duplicate]

The reason I need to be able to do this, is to have 'updating' variables in my PS1. I'd like to have my prompt span across the entire width of the terminal, not wrapping around or going down to a new ...
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Can Bash tell an interactive SSH session from an in-line SSH session?

I have a Bash script that needs to be run from an interactive prompt, due to environment variables and configuration that only seems to be read when actually logged into a session. Examples below: ...
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Meaning of three dots in default terminal window in Debian

I have a debian machine, and each time when I login and open the terminal, the default window used to start up with [mgiri-deb7-64:~]1 % However, yesterday, I used putty to login into this ...
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Bash prompt execute command every time a new prompt is displayed

I have the following prompt in bash which shows the current git branch: PS1+="$(git_prompt)" #git_prompt is a function in my .bashrc which works when I source the .bashrc, but not when I change the ...
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Updating a git variable in the Shell prompt on every command

I am running TCSH and I would like to update my prompt every time I run a command. I think can currently do that via backticks. set tmpstr = `git status --untracked-files=no --porcelain` set ...
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How do I ask password by GUI prompt while using sudo in script?

I use Trisquel GNU/Linux with GNOME Flashback Desktop Environment. I need a GUI password prompt for user for executing command with sudo in script. Example consider following script: zenity --...
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How to make the prompt beep with every key press/character printed?

You know how hollywood movies depict hacking scenes with fast yet scrolling CLI technobabble in this fashion : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jkj60TUWaE I want to know how to modify linux to make ...
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How can I make tcsh echo the time that a command is executed, before it is executed?

I would like tcsh to print the time that each command is executed, preferably in the right-hand column of the screen. This is similar to what rprompt can be used to do with the following setting, ...
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NixOS no login prompt in virtual terminals

I have NixOS built using 15.09 channel, session manager is sddm, display manager is KDE 5. Switching to virtual ttys from 1 to 6 gives me no login prompt, I see same piece of log everywhere: <<...
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Can I set a text color for the prompt or text I type to to be different from text generated. using bash konsole [duplicate]

when iuse the konsole for a period of time I sometimes have to scrollup to remind myself what has been going on but most of the text is green on black, warnings are purple and error messages are red. ...
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PS1 prompt to show elapsed time

I currently use this to display the current time in my bash prompt: PS1=\[\e[0;32m\]\t \W>\[\e[1;37m\] 20:42:23 ~> Is it possible to display the elapsed time since the previous prompt? Such ...
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How do I write a Bash script that will ask users to define a variable?

I am presently modifying this shell script to turn it into a shell script for installing Arch Linux, with custom username(s), password(s), etc. At the moment I am wondering what I need to do in order ...
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Bash $PS1 collapsing in MAC terminal [duplicate]

So I have declared as PS1="\[\W \u\e[0;31m\] ❤ \e[0m\] " in my ~/.profile file. At the start my terminal look like this ~ mihkel ❤ - what is the desired output. But when I'm going back in historly ...
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Why don't I get my bash customizations when I log in normally?

My user's shell prompt is stuck as [bash-4.2]$ and many useful commands like ll don't work on that bash-4.2 shell. I tried the chsh command and usermod commands, but neither fixed this. I've checked ...
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Zsh prompt filling whole width with user input in next line

I'd like to have the left and right prompt in one line and a background color spanning the full line. The user input should be in the next line. hostname | ~/path/to/cwd ...
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Highlight current bash prompt line

I want the terminal to highlight the current bash prompt line. The effect I'm trying to acheive is the same as in text editors where the current line with the cursor is highlighted. Something like ...
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__git_ps1 (current branch) in bash prompt is always out of date somehow

My PS1 in my ~/.bash_profile: export PS1="\\n\[\033[38;5;246m\]\u@\[\033[38;5;245m\]\h\[\033[38;5;15m\] \[\033[38;5;28m\]\w\[\033[38;5;15m\]\[\033[38;5;2m\]`__git_ps1`\[\033[38;5;15m\] \[\033[38;5;...
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Current directory abbreviation rule in shell prompt

Sometimes I see that the current working directory in shell prompt is abbreviated and sometimes not. For example /usr/bin will be displayed as bin$ or /folder1/folder2 displayed as folder2$, in ...