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

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Awesome symbols and characters in a bash prompt

I just ran across a screenshot of someone's terminal: Is there a list of all of the characters which can be used in a Bash prompt, or can someone get me the character for the star and the right ...
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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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Abbreviated current directory in shell prompt?

vim has a really nice feature which it utilizes in its paths when they're a bit long: It abbreviates the path to the document in the tab at the top. Is there a way to do something similar to this ...
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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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Colorizing your terminal and shell environment?

I spend most of my time working in Unix environments and using terminal emulators. I try to use color on the command line, because color makes the output more useful and intuitive. What options exist ...
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How to set up `screen` to modify the window title and xterm-window title?

I'd like to have my current $PS1 prompt (\u@\h:\w$(__git_ps1 "(%s)")\$ plus some coloring) to be also used as screen's window title (in the hardline) and as the xterm window title. How can this be ...
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What does [vmuser@localhost ~]$ mean?

What does the vmuser, localhost, ~, and $ mean in: [vmuser@localhost ~]$
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Display Non-Zero Return Status in PS1

I want to include the return status in my prompt. (Easy add '$? ', right?) However, I only want the status returned (and trailing space) if non-zero. Example: sd ~ $ false 1 sd ~ $ true sd ~ $
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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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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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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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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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Mac OS X: Terminal Prompt Username

I'm using Mac OS Snow Leopard (v10.6.8). I've changed the account name under System Preferences > System > Accounts > Full Name. However, that does not change the username on the terminal ...
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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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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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Change in bash prompt depending on whether first character is a space

Right now every command which starts with a space character gets ignored by bash history (HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth in ~/.bashrc). I would like to have a better visual cue when I press space as the first ...
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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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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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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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How do I make the Xterm window title switch between the current running command and the current path?

I want to set the Xterm window title to switch between two states: When a command is running, show the command name (e.g. "less") When no command is running, show the current path (e.g. "src") I ...
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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 ...
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What is and how to use PS1 \#

I put this is .bashrc # colors NC="$(tput sgr0)" RED="$(tput setaf 1)" GREEN="$(tput setaf 2)" # etc ... PS1="\[$BROWN\]\u \[$CYAN\]#\# \[$PINK_BLD\]!\!\[$NC\] \[$BLUE\]\W: \[$NC\]" So deepo #50 !...
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How to remove the return code from the terminal prompt in Sugar on a Stick?

I am using Sugar on a Stick (Fedora 23) 0.106 for i686 as a distro. Here's the link to the website of this distro: https://sugarlabs.org When I use the terminal I get a very weird behaviour. For ...
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How to Display only the Working Directory Name in Shell Prefix? [duplicate]

I'm currently working in a really long directory. Probably something like: ~/Documents/c_prog/this_is_a_really_long_project_name/sub_directory/test_case/ It would be awesome if I could execute a ...
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Bash prompt time is not always updating

Before I start, this is not a question about how to customize PS1. I have already customized mine and I'm quite happy with it. I usually work in a remote server with SuperPuTTY, which allows me to ...
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Why in booting prompt characters become suddenly bold?

I run debian jessie 8.0, when I turn on the pc my booting prompt become dark for a moment and then all the characters become bold. Is it normal? How can I change the appearence of booting prompt?
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Unknown word comes up automatically after changing password on a user

I am using Redhat 5.4 and when I tend to change Oracle user password this comes up right after hitting Enter: passwd oracle Retype new UNIX password: passwd: all authentication tokens updated ...
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How can I change what's displayed at a login shell?

I'm getting more familiar with tweaking the way things look in a shell via the prompt (.bashrc), but I'm now trying to change the initial stuff displayed when I first log in. On my EC2 instance, this ...
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Bash prompt - backspace deletes right aligned text (possible to stop?)

I have a really annoying problem. I have followed all of the protocol for making a bash PS1. I know about surrounding non-printable characters with \[ and \] or \001 and \002; however, I have a ...
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Command prompt in CentOS [duplicate]

I think I have a simple problem but I haven't found the solution to it yet. My command prompt has been changed somehow. So I have this How to change it to this or something like that (I took ...
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problem with 256-bit color codes in bash prompt

Here is my bash prompt; I'm using ANSI escape sequences reset="\033[0m"; blue="\033[38;5;20m"; cyan="\033[38;5;38m"; green="\033[38;5;35m"; yellow="\033[38;5;227m"; white="\033[38;5;250m"; # Set ...
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How can I make commands appear bold in zsh?

I have set up my bash shell so that any commands I type appear in bold and the commands' output is shown in normal weight: I did this by adding \e[01m at the end of my PS1 variable to turn on bold, ...
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Display present working directory in Terminal

I am a complete newbie to Mac/*nix. This is what I presently see in Mac Terminal as always EN-AAABBBB:~ username$ My understanding is that EN-AAABBBB is my Mac name, followed by username. But I ...
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Identify when python script is waiting for a manual input

I'm writing a shell script which executes a Python script. The Python script halts for a manual enter to be provided. However, I don't want to have to press enter each time to the script. Instead, I ...
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How to edit shell prompt to show time?

I would like to edit my shell prompt to display time. I am currently using zsh, though I would like the customize the shell prompt to show time. I understand that an echo $PS1 will give me the ...
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how to make bash prompt more readable in .bashrc - this is do with date but even overall

This is my .bashrc or at least the section containing the prompt - # uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned # off by default to not distract the user: the focus in ...
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PS1 variable inheritance between scripts and programs using bash in AIX

How can I ensure that PS1 variable in AIX bash is inherited between cross calling of scripts and programs ? Suppose a program gives to the user a shell instance such as the shell command of vi. This ...
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Redirect all output with prompt to a file

What is the shortest way to redirect: $PROMPT, last executed command, stdout and stderr into single file? Of course, we might use &> to redirect stdout and stderr into single file and then add ...