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Old 02-14-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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changing the system name

Good day everyone, I just recently did a full install of slackware 10.1 and am wondering how I change what will show up on the prompt right now it is something like: darkstar#

How can I change that? What is it called?

Thanks in advance.
Old 02-14-2005, 09:17 AM   #2
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not sure if its in slack too, but normally u can change ur hostname by typing
hostname name
at the console (as root) and edit /etc/sysconfig/network (->hostname).
Old 02-14-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for your quick response overlord73. I originally had use the command : hostname "new hostname" and it worked, untill I rebooted. Then it would just go back to the
original hostname. So now I guess that I have to edit /etc/sysconfig/network (->hostname).

I will try this and post my results when I get home........ err maybe tomorrow as it is V day and I have to spend time with my girl instead of my linux box j/k There is no replacement for a "real" women.

Thanks again.
Old 02-14-2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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he hey,,

if you wanna change the prompt, take a look at other thing:
there is a variable called "PS1". the content of this variable indicates what your prompt will look like.. try typing this:


and you'll see what happens.. if you do it this way it will only be viewable during the current session..
if you want it to apply to all the sessions, at every start-up, edit the file


and search for the lines indicating "PS1='.......' "
these lines will indicate what will be shown in your prompt.

PS: the example below is simply an EXAMPLE
but you can put commands inside that variable..
for you to understand it, take a look at my prompt:

PS1='[date +%m/%d]=JOANNES=>'

copy this line to your command line just to see what happens, ok?
if you get any problem with your /etc/profile , post back here

hope it works...
Old 02-14-2005, 02:52 PM   #5
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All you have to do is edit your /etc/HOSTNAME
Old 02-16-2005, 09:05 AM   #6
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I just edited my /etc/hostname and it worked fine. thanks for the help guys.

I have not tried changing the prompt but am going to mess around with that a bit and see if I could find something that I like the look of.

Happy Slacker!


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