[opensource] Linux Terminal Prompt

Tobias Gordon gordonto at cse.ohio-state.edu
Thu Feb 8 16:33:20 EST 2007

Thank you guys, that was quite easy once I figured out where to look.
Now if I could only find a color pattern I like :)

Thanks all,


Marc Uhrich wrote:
> I haven't messed with this much, but if you are using the bash shell
> .bashrc set the environment variable for the prompt.  If you want to
> override it briefly you can modify the environment variable PS1 to make
> it whatever you would like.  However, if you want the change to be
> persistent you'll have to set this every time you open a new shell (by
> modifying the ./bashrc file).  For example, if you want a non colored
> prompt with username at host > you would run the command PS1="\u@\H >". 
> Linkage-> http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/prompt-magic.xml
> Hope this helps,
> Marc Uhrich
> Systems Engineer @ OSU Graduate School
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> [mailto:opensource-bounces at cse.ohio-state.edu] On Behalf Of Tobias
> Gordon
> Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 1:54 PM
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> Subject: [opensource] Linux Terminal Prompt
> Hey all,
> Is there a way to change the color of "username at comp:~$"?
> It's very annoying when trying to scroll up to see a particular output 
> and having to spend most of the time searching to find which lines were 
> output lines.
> Thanks,
> Tobias
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