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Old 02-04-2004, 07:27 AM   #1
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bash prompt problem


I've installed Gentoo this weekend with the 2.6.1 kernel. All is well but I am having a problem with my bash prompt.

Normally when I've logged in I get a nice prompt with my username and current working directory. This is what I get now.

bash-2.05b$

Strangely when I SSH into my box I get the proper prompt as I like it.

palmadj@w72l-penguin palmadj $

Why is this? I have a .bash_profile and .bashrc

Jack
 
Old 02-04-2004, 07:38 AM   #2
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check your .bash_login

the different login files get run differently depending on whether you are logging
in or starting a new shell. i never can remember which though.

find your prompt definition and copy it to one of the other login files.
 
Old 02-04-2004, 08:06 AM   #3
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I don't seem to have a .bash_login. I wonder what SSH is sourcing when I log in that a console login does not?
 
Old 02-04-2004, 08:14 AM   #4
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i think it's the PSX definitions in /etc/profile
PS1
PS2
like that i think
 
Old 02-04-2004, 09:00 AM   #5
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In your .bashrc or .bash_profile you need to set your PS1 variable. Mine is
Code:
PS1='[\T][\u:\w]$ '
The \T is the current time so that way I can look back and see what time certain commands were run.
\u is the user
\w is the current working directory

There are a whole bunch more and you can make your bash prompt look however you wish
 
Old 02-04-2004, 09:11 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. What a great place !!

Here is what I ended up doing. In my .bash_profile I put:

export PS1='\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h \[\033[01;34m\]\W \$ \[\033[00m\]'

this had the proper effect. I took this line from /etc/profile. Does this mean that my login is not using /etc/profile but SSH is? It seems that to me. Thanks for all the tips.

Jack
 
Old 02-04-2004, 11:37 AM   #7
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i never can remember, but you could quickly put a echo "bash_profile" or appropriate at the beginning of each file so you can figure out which ones are run in what order. i think the bash man page tells the order. it may be different for ssh.
 
  


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