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Old 11-05-2003, 08:46 AM   #1
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Setting My Working Directory Environment


I recently installed Red Hat 9 on my PC and I want to set my environment up so I can see what directory I'm in every time I log in or execute a command at my shell prompt. At the moment the information I've found to do this just leaves me showing my home directory whatever place I'm at.
Old 11-05-2003, 09:26 AM   #2
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You insert the following line in your ~/.bash_profile (or in some distros, ~/.bashrc):

PS1='\u@\h:\w\$ '

PS1 is the prompt environment variable. \u is the code for username. \h is the code for the hostname. \w is your current working directory. \$ is your prompt character. The '@' and the space after \$ will appear literally.

I usually insert the newline code, \n, because I like to have the prompt on a separate line than my commands. ie. PS1='\u@\h:\w\n\$ '

You can also set PS1 manually from the command prompt, but you have to do this everytime you log into a console shell.


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