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Old 03-05-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Print single quotes within an echo appending to the end of a file.

Hello all,
I am working on setting up a script to set certain things and install them on new installs of linux, however I am running into an issue with appending code onto the end of my .bashrc.

I am trying to append
PS1='\033[1;32m[\A \u@\h \W]\033[0m$ '
into .bashrc and I have tried the following methods without success
echo PS1='\[\e[1;31m\][\A \u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] ' >> /root/.bashrc
echo 'PS1='\[\e[1;31m\][\A \u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] '' >> /root/.bashrc
echo 'PS1=\'\[\e[1;31m\][\A \u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] \'' >> /root/.bashrc
echo "PS1='\[\e[1;31m\][\A \u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] '" >> /root/.bashrc
as well as several others with not avail. the issue is that echo is interpreting the single quotes that I would like printed. I have tried escaping them with not luck. any ideas?
Old 03-05-2015, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have figured it out, it requires some wierd syntax but it is
echo 'PS1='"'"'\[\e[1;31m\][\A \u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] '"'"'' >> /root/.bashrc
does anyone have a better way?
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This works for me in bash:
jlinkels@donald-pc:~$ echo "PS1='\033[1;32m[\A \u@\h \W]\033[0m$ '" >> /tmp/foo
jlinkels@donald-pc:~$ cat /tmp/foo
PS1='\033[1;32m[\A \u@\h \W]\033[0m$ '

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