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Old 07-12-2002, 12:03 PM   #1
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Konsole prompt/commands

Hey! Very new to Linux here...
This is, hopefully, an easy question to answer (doesn't it always seem to be the simple things that make ya scream "HELP!"?)

Got my Slackware 8,1 up and running in X without too much trouble -- it being the 6th distro I've tried in the last week and a half, and seemingly the best. Mandrake, RH, SuSe...argh, too friendly, so much so that they won't let you do what you want, when you want. The others, just kinda...incomplete...

Um, yeah, the question...

When using Konsole, I get the bash2.5a# doesn't show the base directory at the prompt, or accept the standard commands -- "dir", for instance, to list the contents of the current directory. It is useable, of course, but I want to have access to the same functionality and look as I would get if I weren't in X. I know this is do-able, as several of the other distros I tried afforded this type of interface while using Konsole.

I hate to admit, but I can't figure it out (and believe me, I tried). There are many more important tasks I need to address and things to learn (ah, to be a newbie again, eh?) But....I....can't....let...this...go....and ...move...on.....ugh!

Thanks in advance!
Old 07-12-2002, 01:08 PM   #2
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Bash is standard shell. Most distros use it. Look if you have all important dirs in your PATH:
echo $PATH
How to add something? Lat's say there's no /usr/sbin. To add this use
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/sbin .This change is not saved when you reboot. So edit your .bash_profile in your home directory and write this command inside.
Old 07-12-2002, 01:13 PM   #3
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dir isn't a standard command under Linux, its a common alias for "ls -lh"

Likewise the display of the prompt doesn't have the directory by default, many distros just set up their default profile that way. I think can help you set up a bach profile with a custom command prompt, otherwise read the bash documentation.

If you get different set ups in X and outside of X, then the odds are you are using a graphical login which is bypassing the profile (as it isn't a login shell), you can set these things in the x login script instead, or using ~/.bashrc
Old 07-12-2002, 01:14 PM   #4
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You can do a search on google or here on LQ for prompt setup or prompt tips on how to configure it. I posted a good link a while back you may be able to find...
Old 07-12-2002, 01:31 PM   #5
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Wow! Thanks, guys! I'll have it customized in no-time now, I'm sure


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