Prettier prompts for the bash

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Prettier prompts for the bash

Postby xtapetae » Aug 1st, '17, 01:32

It is not difficult to change the vanilla prompt that comes with Mageia to something more (for me) attractive. I prefer to have something like:


And when opening a root shell I want it to remind me of that fact in a fat and red font:


It is easy to change the prompt (and tempting to spend a lot of time with experimenting):
The first version requires the following line in the config file .bashrc which is in the home directory of every user:

PS1="\u@\h:\W> "

The fat red root prompt can be obtained by putting the following line in the .bashrc in /root/.bashrc:

PS1="\e[01;31m\u@\h:\W# \e[00m"

There are almost unlimited possibilities. Tutorials for changing the bash prompt are many, e.g.
here: ... rompt.html
or here:
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Re: Prettier prompts for the bash

Postby xboxboy » Aug 1st, '17, 05:39

or if you're like me, lazy, or not interested in clogging my brain up with another config file you can just use a package from the repos: as root

Code: Select all
urpmi colorprompt

Nice green prompt for users, red for root. It's the second thing I do on a fresh system after the post install update.
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