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Customizing the Bash Prompt 19 December 2010

Posted by Maulvi Bakar in : Linux,Unix,Work , trackback

If you’re on Linux, most of the time the current existing bash prompt is fine. Other types of UNIX, in my case is Solaris, is somewhat spartan in appearance. You’ll either get a boring ‘$’ or ‘#’ or simply a display of version.

The table below are the various options available –

Personally, I just wanted to duplicate the bash prompt on Linux into Solaris. All I did was thus in the “/etc/profile” –

export PS1
PS1='[\u@\h:\w]\$ '

Remember to use single quotes ” ‘ ” rather than the double quotes. Otherwise the “\$” will not work.



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