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I'm trying to figure out what this (obretschlt2-w7) is, from my command-line prompt. I'm using a conda environment, with the name µ_env, with my Username mu. However I can't figure out where the 2nd field is coming from. I'm logged into a secure server VPN, through my work, but I don't ever recall seeing this. What is this name and where is it coming from?

(µ_env) obretschlt2-w7:~ mu$ pwd

Output from echo $PS1, as asked for (in comment).

(µ_env) \h:\W \u\$

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    please add output of echo $PS1. – ctrl-alt-delor Nov 18 '18 at 16:09
  • $ echo $PS1 (µ_env) \h:\W \u\$ – O.rka Nov 18 '18 at 16:40
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    I wonder. How did you tag with hostname, but not know it was the hostname? – ctrl-alt-delor Nov 19 '18 at 10:55

Is that not your hostname on your system?


cat /etc/hostname


$ echo $PS1 (µ_env) \h:\W \u\$

\h means hostname

Source: wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Bash/Prompt

Command "hostname" may also show your hostname

  • $ cat /etc/hostname cat: /etc/hostname: No such file or directory – O.rka Nov 18 '18 at 16:39
  • | $ echo $PS1 (µ_env) \h:\W \u\$ | \h Hostname auf dem die Shell läuft bis zum ersten "." | Source: wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Bash/Prompt | so it's your hostname. | Which OS do you use? – User8461 Nov 18 '18 at 16:45
  • \h means hostname – User8461 Nov 18 '18 at 16:47
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    command "hostname" may work to show your hostname. – User8461 Nov 18 '18 at 16:48
  • obretschlt2-w7 does that mean your are using Windows 7? ;-) – User8461 Nov 18 '18 at 16:49

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