My server is a Debian distro. I am currently configuring this bad boy up.

In my Bash, I'm used to having the input to the command line being in one line, i.e.:

root@my-server:~    $  cd ..

However, in this server:

cd ..

My question is - what configuration do I need to change to have my input in the same line?


This is one of the relevant things in my .profile:


if [ -e /usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm-256color ]; then                      
        export TERM='xterm-256color'                                      
        export TERM='xterm-color'                                         

export LS_OPTIONS='--color=auto'                                          
eval "`dircolors`"        
  • Whats the output of echo "$PS1" ? – heemayl Jun 1 '15 at 23:42
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    ${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;31m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ – faroskalin Jun 1 '15 at 23:47
  • Are you logged in on the console or over the network? What terminal are you using? What is the output of printf '%s\n' "$PS1" | hexdump and of `echo "$TERM"? – Gilles Jun 1 '15 at 23:57
  • Please show root's PS1. The PS1 that you claim is for a normal user. – John1024 Jun 1 '15 at 23:57
  • Hi @John1024 - how do I show root's PS1? – faroskalin Jun 2 '15 at 4:44

Your PS1 variable most likely has a newline character in it. The variable is set whenever a new terminal is opened, when the bashrc is executed. So, to change it:

Open up the bashrc file:

sudo gedit ~/.bashrc

Find the part where the PS1 variable is set. It should look something like this:


And remove the unwanted newline. In the case that you don't see a newline, your best bet is to replace the PS1 variable by putting this at the bottom of the bashrc file:

export PS1="\u@\h: \W\\#"
  • Hi therre. This is my PS1 var: ${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;31m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34‌​m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ I do not see a \n in that. – faroskalin Jun 1 '15 at 23:54
  • Hmm, either there is some obfuscation, or a \n is being appended later in the file. See what happens if you put this at the end of the bashrc file: export PS1="[\u@\h \W]\\$ " – Matthew D. Scholefield Jun 2 '15 at 1:44
  • @RandomPerson323 Note that the prompt that is causing the OP difficulty, as documented in the question, ends in #. It, therefore, has nothing to do with the PS1 prompt string that is being quoted in the comments which would display a $. – John1024 Jun 2 '15 at 2:15
  • @RandomPerson323 that seemed to work! Now my input is [root@bump ~]# . There seems to be missing some color, however. – faroskalin Jun 2 '15 at 4:50
  • @faroskalin For the missing color, I recomend using a PS1 generator, such as: kirsle.net/wizards/ps1.html There is an option to change the color. – Matthew D. Scholefield Jun 2 '15 at 5:04

Thanks to Random Person 323, I figured it out. Turns out my vim config forced my long alias PS1='..' into a new line, and so the ending ' went to the next line on accident, and caused the issue.

This is what fixed it:

export PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;31m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]    $ '

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