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Old 05-16-2004, 02:08 PM   #1
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shell help


hello everybody,
whenever I read something about using the shell the prompt shows a $ sign.
I don't have that.mine looks like this: "my login name"@linux:~>
I just don't know where to look for help about this. I have Linux,The Complete Reference,Running Linux by O'Reilly & my SUSE user guide for books.
any help would be great!
thanks,
alex
 
Old 05-16-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

It doesn't really matter what your shell looks like. If you want it to look like that then run:
PS1=$

Perhaps you are trying to run a command that requires you to be root, try suing with "su -" first.
 
Old 05-16-2004, 03:18 PM   #3
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thank you for that information. am I right in thinking that thats just a default login prompt?.Is the host name simply a name I give my computer?
root is o.k. it gives me the # symbol. just a little disconcerting when I didn't get the same $ symbol as shown in the books.
 
Old 05-17-2004, 02:24 PM   #4
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yes it is just the default and you can set your hostname to whatever you like but make sure you add your new hostname after the loopback address in /etc/hosts
 
  


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