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Old 01-29-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
jholp
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Need dynamic prompt


Please be patient with me.

I am trying to set a dynamic PROMPT to show me where I am. I have tried the following but it is not working.

PS1=[h::\u:\w]> ;export PS1

my prompt should look like;

redhat5::jholp:/home.jholp>

But it is not working.

Can yo give me the syntax so my prompt tells me which machine I am
on, who I am on as, and where I am in the directory structure.

This way I do not have to do pwd to see where I am

Once the syntax is correct I place it in .bash_profiel or .profile?

I am using Red Hat 5.2 Server distribution


Thanks,

John
 
Old 01-29-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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Try something along these lines:

Code:
export PS1='[\h:\u:\w]\$ '
My custom prompt lives in my .bashrc

Edit: I really would suggest keeping the \$ as it changes based on if you're root or non-root. Helps keep track, but you could put a > in instead if you really feel it has to have a > at the end. To get more or a less exactly what you want would be:

Code:
 
export PS1='[\h::\u:\w]> '

Last edited by rweaver; 01-29-2010 at 04:23 PM.
 
Old 01-30-2010, 06:46 AM   #3
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Mr. Weaver,

Thanks, it works perfect. I forgot the single ' is what gives the interpretation of u::, u: etc., etc.

John
 
Old 02-01-2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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