Monday, October 21, 2013

My BASH Promt

Below are my notes on how I like my BASH prompt setup. This prompt has two lines which I find helps to break up the commands from the output. The second line also gives more room for long commands and helps prevent the line from wrapping over top of the prompt. I also update the title bar on the terminal or xterm with the hostname and current working directory. I find this helpful because this way I will always know who I am on the system, what server I'm logged into and what directory I'm in without typing any commands.

earth:~
man@earth

Cut and paste the line below into your terminal or add in to your .profile file. If you like my prompt.
export PS1="\[\e]2;\h:\w \a\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[0m\]@\e[0;32m\h\e[0;34m\]\n<\[\e[0m\] "

If you have any suggestions or questions post them below.