I'm moving from bash to zsh and getting stuck on the prompt. My Manjaro defines it one way, Ubuntu another.

So I like, e.g. the prompt called "clint". But it's not exactly what I want. I can find more or less adequate resources that help me define my own prompt, but I don't know how this particular one is composed.

Where can I find its definition?

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zsh stores its prompt setups and defintions in /usr/share/zsh/functions/Prompts/.

So if you want to take a look what prompt clint does behind the curtains, first find the right file:

$ ls /usr/share/zsh/functions/Prompts/*clint*

And open it in your favorite text editor.

echo $PS1

And to find where it is defined, try the commmand below:

grep 'PS1' $HOME/.bash{rc,_profile}
  • huh, PS1 seems to work. As for the rest of your answer, this is zsh, not bash. the "built-in" prompt is definitely not defined anywhere in my home.
    – velis
    Nov 17, 2020 at 9:31

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