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Old 12-01-2014, 11:51 PM   #1
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Terminal string

Totally new to Linux but I'm liking Elementary Luna but have a question about the terminal.
When I press ctl,alt,t the terminal ends with ~$ but if i go through apps for the terminal it ends with
What is the difference and does it matter which one I use?
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what terminal(s) are you using? There may be some "help" or "about" option in a menu.
Did you check for information?

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Not a Luna user, but if I understand your question I think that you are referring to the prompt string.

The terminal state when opened might indeed depend on how it was opened, in this case the directory where it was opened.

~$ indicates that it was opened to your HOME directory.

~/Desktop/DEBIAN$ indicates that it was opened to the Desktop/DEBIAN/ directory below your HOME directory (~/ plus Desktop/DEBIAN).

So the "apps" method must include a default path whereas the ctl-alt-t method defaults to your HOME directory.

It makes no other difference. If you open to Desktop/DEBIAN but want to be in your HOME, simply type cd <ENTER> and you will be magically transported there!

If you are not familiar with navigation and other terminal topics, a good place to start is Bash Beginners Guide or Advanced Bash Scripting Guide.

You can also find how to change the contents of that prompt string while there!

If using some other shell see the respective man page.

Hope this helps.

Last edited by astrogeek; 12-02-2014 at 12:05 AM.
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Thanks for the quick reply, that has helped me.I'll go and have a look at the links you have included.


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