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Old 04-27-2015
Help changing the PS1 prompt in Solaris

Hi, I need help changing PS1 in Solaris. I tried this:


export PS1

My problem is that $PWD is not working, when I get the prompt and I change directories, the prompt is not displaying the current (changed) directory. I've seen other posts where people do single quotes:

but that didn't work for me as I get this:

as the prompt !!!.

Please help.


Last edited by DukeNuke2; 04-27-2015 at 03:42 PM..
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Old 04-27-2015
FYI - for bash:
export PS1="[\$USER@\$(hostname):\$PWD] "

# 3  
Old 04-27-2015
Just stop using /bin/sh as a login shell and switch to ksh or bash.

By the way, I would also recommend to avoid the final "> ".

Standard bourne shell prompt are usually ending with "$" for casual users and "#" for root. Sticking to that standard helps knowing who you are running command as. Moreover, "> " is risky as a terminal window copy/paste "accident" is less likely to create unwanted files, or worst, clear existing ones.
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Old 04-27-2015
vgersh99: I'm using Korn shell, and your suggestion / command didn't work. Any ideas/code for the Korn shell (Solaris box).
SunOS kdsan004 5.10 Generic_150400-09 sun4u sparc SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise

jlliagre: I am using the Korn shell (/bin/ksh).

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Last edited by DukeNuke2; 04-27-2015 at 06:58 PM..
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Old 04-27-2015
If BASH what you probably want is:
PS1="\u@\h:\w> "

Dont forget to export it if you like it.


Last edited by sea; 04-27-2015 at 07:11 PM..
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Old 04-27-2015
Originally Posted by curiousmal
jlliagre: I am using the Korn shell (/bin/ksh).
I'm afraid you are not.

This behavior can only be observed with the legacy bourne shell. All other Bourne shell style shells available under Solaris, including /bin/ksh, /bin/bash, /usr/xpg4/bin/sh, and /usr/dt/bin/dtksh will properly handle this PS1 setting (but not sea's suggestion which is bash specific).
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Old 04-29-2015
jlliagre: Yes I am:

 twsapps@kdsan004:/opt/apps/twsapps> echo $SHELL

Any other thoughts ?


Last edited by Don Cragun; 04-29-2015 at 10:22 PM.. Reason: Add CODE tags.

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