When I create new window in tmux it displays name of current directory and date:

Directory: /home/killy
nie, 4 lis 2012, 14:51:18 CET
[killy@xerxes : ~]

How can I prevent that?

EDIT: I realized that this problem appears when I set TERM variable to xterm.

  • 2
    See the tmux FAQ, TERM must be screen or a derivative thereof...
    – jasonwryan
    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:49

1 Answer 1


I would expect these messages to be coming from your shell initialisation - either it is produced always by your shell init script or only in some mode, e.g. for interactive shells. As these lines are the default on many distributions, I would suggest to look into /etc/profile (look for the "Directory:" string). Using your own shell init scripts (for bash these would be ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile), where you modify it to your liking, is probably the best way to go.

  • You are right. On my openSUSE the code responsible for this is located in /etc/profile. Thanks! Nov 5, 2012 at 8:54
  • @JanStolarek By the way, putting all of your personal initialization stuff into ~/.bashrc has another advantage: it can be more easily shared across several machines since you don't need a write access to /etc to modify it. You can even track it with a version control system.
    – peterph
    Nov 5, 2012 at 9:51

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