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Old 04-23-2003, 11:03 PM   #1
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user comand prompt changed - don't know why

I've been learning Linux and have been practicing at the command prompt in a terminal window. I did something to change the prompt, but I don't know what. It also appears when I do ctrl+alt+f1 and log in there. This is my personal account without root permissions.

It used to show [sadsac@ip96 sadsac]$.

Now it shows [sadsac@ip96 ~]$.

The first thing I noticed when I logged in after shelling out with the ctrl+alt+f1 was the missing "fortune." I had this set up to post a quote as soon as I logged in. The next thing I noticed was that I could not set an alias. I tried "alias cls="clear"" to mimic the DOS equivalent. It didn't work. It works however when I log in as root, or another test account which, like mine, does not have root permissions. I thought maybe a second instance of my home directory was created, but that is not the case.

How can I get ride of this state and get it back to my original user configuration? I'm trying to learn Linux by going through a tutorial and I can't do the practices because my account is broken. I also would prefer not to use the root account for practicing as I'm sure you understand.

I would be grateful for any insight on the matter.

Thanks, sadsac
Old 04-23-2003, 11:42 PM   #2
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Re:user comand prompt changed - don't know why

Well, I guess I'm a victim of timing. This is sadsac, replying to his own post. I'm hoping that this may help another newbie avoid the problem I posted.

I started my Linux study again, and they mentioned something about the /etc/passwd file. I didn't think this had anything to do with my problem, but something in the explanation caught my attention and that was "The information in the /etc/passwd file determines which directory is considered your pwd."

I wasn't sure how this applied but I logged in as root, and opened the /etc/passwd file in gedit. I went down to the line that had my name on it and found the last entry on the line said "/bin/csh" and then I remembered that I had been trying out changing shell types. I was sure I got the shell back to bash but somehow it modified my entry in the /etc/passwd file. I wasn't aware of this connection until I followed a feeling regarding the information I read mentioned above.

I hope I haven't wasted anyone’s time, but I still don't know why it kept the "csh" entry when in following the examples, I changed it back to bash. I also entered an "echo $SHELL" at the time and it did display "/bin/bash" so maybe I have a question after all.

Thanks, sadsak
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