Let's say you're on the lab machine called
mint. This is your default bash prompt:
This is what you might see in a regular session:
mint[~]$ ls Desktop/ Downloads/ public_html/ Documents/ class/ public/ unix_commands
To edit the bash prompt, fire up your favorite text editor on the
.bashrc file that lives in your home directory:
In the file, look for the variable called
PS1 where your bash prompt string is stored. It'll probably have a value like this:
You can add text to your prompt or special characters called escape sequences. For example,
\h displays the hostname (
\W displays the basename of your current directory. This Bash Prompt HOWTO is a handy reference for escape sequences.
After editing, save the file, pop up a new terminal, and marvel at your new bash prompt!
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