A string of characters displayed by interactive shells to signal the shell is waiting a user input. The prompt can be used to display variables and data about the enviornment.

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Bash Command (History) Number In PS1

I am a noob in bash to be honest. I have Googled around and cannot find an answer to this: history lists previous commands and their number e.g. $ history 286 clear I want to be able to see the ...
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Prompt “-bash-3.2$” vs. “bash-3.2$” in SunOS 5.10

When I log into a server running SunOS 5.10, my prompt initially is "-bash-3.2$" Then when I run the following commands, I can see that the prompt is slightly different after typing bash (it no ...
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What are special prompt symbols for busybox's sh support?

I want to setup a time prompt on PS1. But, there is no document about what are symbols the busybox support. Is there any one know? Here are all which I knew. PS1='\u@\h: \w \$'
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Proper place to put shell prompt(PS1) when use sh/bash/zsh together

I'm using dash(sh) or bash or zsh. If possible, I would prefer to put in common place. I want to put proper PS1 settings when I interactive with shell, so these situation should be considered login ...
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How to make bash put prompt on a new line after cat command?

What I get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some texthost:~ stas$ What I want to get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some text host:~ stas$ Is there a way I can make cat behave like this? I'm using ...
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Bash prompt not recognizing Unicode escapes

I'm trying to customize my Bash prompt with Unicode characters and I'm having a bit of trouble. If I try to include a Unicode character like this: $ echo ☢ | hexdump -C 00000000 e2 98 a2 0a ...
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Is there any way to test out PS1 Bash Prompts before committing them?

I'd like to mess with my Bash prompt, but I'd like to do so in a way that doesn't corrupt my already extant one. I could just comment it out, but is there a way to test it either with an online tool ...
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Coloring shell command and output differrently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Customizing bash shell: Bold/color the command bash $ cat what-i-want "I want the output be in a different color." I'd like my commands stand out among the output, ...
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Highlight path separators in PS1

I want to do something like this in Bash: how to format the path in a zsh prompt? But everything I try results in the PWD being fixed to the first directory I start my terminal in. Strangely I've ...
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Bash prompt that won't clobber long commands

I'm trying to set up a bash prompt for - hostname(screen#):directory$ which is coloured green if the last command completed successfully, red if not. This is what I have so far, which actually does ...
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Why does this PS1 value cause unexpected behaviour? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my bash prompt getting bugged when I browse the history? I have set my PS1 variable in .bashrc to be the following: PS1='\e[35m[\W]:\e[0m ' It achieved what it ...
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bash prompt with abbreviated current director including dot files?

I have the following in my .bash_profile (from a similar question here: PROMPT_COMMAND='pwd2=$(sed "s:\([^/]\)[^/]*/:\1/:g" <<<$PWD)' PS1='\u@\h:$pwd2\$ ' However, if the current directory ...
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busybox ash PS1 not expanding

I am trying to setup busybox's ash on an embedded system to support expanding the PS1 prompt statement. I have it currently set as PS1='\u@\h:\w\$ ' However, all that is displayed is literally ...
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Problems changing PS1 to use special character

I'm trying to get my zsh to look something like this: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1068202#p1068202. Whenever I print the └───╼ part of the PS1 to my terminal (or in the .zshrc for ...
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Change Korn prompt to show shorter path for working directory

I have changed my .kshrc to show my prompt as follows: 511 /export/home/students/cninja $ where 511 is the command number and ../students/cninja is the current working directory. Is it possible to ...
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Why sudo timestamp is not updated when NOPASSWD is set?

I've set up sudo not to prompt for password by editing the sudoers file: myuser ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL And it works fine, running sudo with no password prompting. But when entering sudo -v I ...
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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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zsh prompt not escaped properly

This is my current prompt definition: PROMPT='%(?..%F{red}%?%f:)%F{blue}%n%f:%F{green}%{${PWD/#$HOME/~}%} %(!.%F{red}.%f)%# %f' The cursor sometimes starts one character behind the actual prompt, ...
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How to set the command(s) that get run before every single prompt?

I used to know this but I forgot: I want to execute a command or a couple of commands before every single prompt. When I am in our PROD box, I want a big fat reminder above every prompt that says * ...
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Why does newgrp change my PS1 and how to prevent it?

I have a customized PS1 to show several parameters. When I switch to a different group using newgrp, it switched my PS1 to default ($) and that is annoying. The default remains even when I switch ...
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How to put “glue” CWD (etc.) to part of the screen instead of putting into PS1?

I suspect there’s some terminology for this question that I’m not aware of. It’s hard to check if a question has already been answered if one doesn’t know the proper vocabulary. So, sorry if this is ...
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assigning a multiline variable (tcsh prompt) to another

For tcsh, I have a prompt that is multiline: set prompt = "%/\\ %n@%m[%h]% " This shows the cwd on one line and then the user/host on second line. However, with this, I cannot make a copy of that: ...
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New bash prompt causing issues

I changed my bash prompt to this: PS1="\[\033[1;31m[\[\033[1;33m\$(date +%H:%M)\[\033[1;31m] \u:\[\033[1;32m\W\[\033[1;37m\$\[\033[0m\] " Sorry for the long line, it is mostly due to colors. ...
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why does it take long for the bash prompt to return on high system load [closed]

When my server experiences high load and I run a command, there is a long delay after the command has finished before I get the prompt again. Any idea what is causing this?
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Modify prompt based on value

Suppose I have an environment variable defined in .bash_profile like this: PS1='\[\e[31;1m\][\u@\h \T \w] \[\e[0m\]' This variable makes my Linux prompt show certain information, like thes: ...
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Possible to configure Login TTY over Audio device (Morse code or similar)?

One of the most miserable aspects of my day job is the need to occasionally investigate problems with machines scattered in remote locations all over the world that don't have network access to the ...
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Colors not rendered correctly in oh-my-zsh themes

I'm trying to use colors in oh-my-zsh themes. It works fine on my home computer (ubuntu), but in a work computer (Scientific Linux i.e. Enterprise linux) the prompt colors are actually spelled out. ...
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Can I configure bash to execute “clear” before every command typed in the console?

I would like to configure bash to execute clear command every time I type some command in the terminal (before executing my command). How can I do that? I'm using Debian Linux.
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When a command is over half the terminal size it breaks

Whenever I type in a bash command longer than about half the width of the shell window I'm in, the command breaks like it would if I filled the whole screen 3rd command in image - typed a few xs ...
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zsh delete part of the prompt

When I use reverse history search, then it "eats" a part of my prompt. Sometimes when I type a long command which spans to multi lines, my prompt is also lost. Have anyone experience this situation? ...
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Colored Prompt in KornShell

According to this StackOverflow post, it is possible have a colored prompt in KornShell. I have not been able to figure out how to do this. I am able to use color: echo -e "\033[34mLinux\033[00m" ...
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Prompting for input in post-install script in dpkg

I am writing a debian package and need to prompt the user for some textual details(default password, etc), as well as some one-of-many choices("Pick one of the following: foo, bar"). Will shell ...
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Reevaluate the prompt expression each time a prompt is displayed in zsh

I'm adjusting my zsh prompt, based upon the dallas theme and the dstufft theme from oh-my-zsh. I love how dallas has various sections of the prompt contained in variables, which makes it much easier ...
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executing if-statement from command prompt

In bash I can do the following: if [ -f /tmp/test.txt ]; then echo "true"; fi However, if I add sudo in front, it doesn't work anymore: sudo if [ -f /tmp/test.txt ]; then echo "true"; fi -bash: ...
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Colored text set up with PS1 and colored output from commands mess each other up

I have PS1 that ends with an opening color sequence (like \[\e[0;32m\]) to have all text in the terminal colored (green in this case). However, when I use a command such as ls (which is aliased to ls ...
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How to get green/red terminals under OpenBSD?

For linux machines I can use: # vi ~/.bashrc # red/green terminal colors regarding exit code export PROMPT_COMMAND='PS1="` if [[ \$? = "0" ]]; then echo "\\[\\033[0;32m\\]"; else echo ...
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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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Bash prompt when my home directory is a symbolic link

I symlinked my /host/Users/Kevin folder to /home/Kevin. I also edit the /etc/passwd file to /home/Kevin. I logged out and logged back in, however when I open up a terminal it's a bash prompt like so: ...
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How to change the prompt in Linux?

The default prompt will be root@monu dev]# Can we change the "root@monu" part and give it a desired name?
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Is it possible to customise the prompt to show the if there are any background jobs?

Is it possible to customise the bash prompt to show the if there are any background jobs? I find it easy to forget that there are background jobs. Say if the prompt was... $ Is there a way to ...
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ZSH %m prompt escape not working as documented under Debian Linux

The zshmisc man page on my new Debian Squeeze install states, under SIMPLE PROMPT ESCAPES: %m The hostname up to the first `.'. An integer may follow the '%' to specify how many components of the ...
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Shell Prompt Customization? [closed]

I have used oh_my_zsh (and tinkered with bash_it) on multiple systems and have generally been happy with it, though I hate it's auto-correction feature and generally turn it off. My usual shell is ...
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history list in bash always truncated to 5000 lines at new login

Similar to the 5000 line limitation problem when first thing in .bashrc I have export HISTSIZE=10001 and export HISTFILESIZE=$HISTSIZE My users do not have ~/.inputrc files and the system-wide ...
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Admin user not showing directory path in console prompt, only $

I have an Ubuntu server that I administer through ssh. When I login as root I get a full path in the prompt, like /var/www. I created a user with sudo privileges for the purpose of administration. ...
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pwd not being set correctly in zsh prompt

If I type this in my PROMPT in my .zshrc file: PROMPT="`pwd` >" I expect that it will print the current working directory. However, pwd always prints /Users/kevin. Why doesn't it show my current ...
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Set variables in ZSH precmd and reference them in the prompt

Is there a way to set variables in the precmd function of zsh and then echo them in the prompt? Something like function precmd { GREETING='Hi Kevin!'; } PROMPT="$GREETING";
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Doubt on the value of PS1 environment variable [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is $debian_chroot in .bashrc? In Bash, why is PROMPT_COMMAND set to something invisible? I logged into my computer from a normal user and executed the following ...
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How to make the terminal display user@machine in bold letters?

I have seen in some screen-shots (can't remember where on the web) that the terminal can display the [username@machine /]$ in bold letters. I'm looking forward to getting this too because I always ...
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Bash $PROMPT_COMMAND messing up scroll history display

I set up a PROMPT_COMMAND to display the current branch while I'm in a git repo. The relevant part of my .bashrc is: export PS1=" \[\033[34m\]\$\[\033[0m\] " export ...
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Why is my bash prompt getting bugged when I browse the history?

Often when I start looking at history of commands some of the characters from a command displayed aren't erased, for example: What's happening: prompt$ some_command prompt$ some_commanother_command ...