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Old 06-13-2006
The > symbol

Hi guys,

Im new to unix; I have a problem at hand.

Somehow at the terminal, I lost the command prompt, instead I get a ">" symbol. Anything I type in does me no good. What do you recommend?

Thank you for your help.
# 2  
Old 06-13-2006
Try Delete key or Ctrl+C or Ctrl + z to come out of that command and bring your prompt back.
# 3  
Old 06-13-2006
The > is the default UNIX secondary prompt (held in the $PS2 environment variable, so you can change it for the current logon session with PS2="anythingyoulike ") and shows that the last command line was incomplete, often because of unclosed quotes
e.g.
Code:
$ print "hello
> world"
$

or you are entering a multi-line command
Code:
$ for a in x y
> do
> print $a
> done
x
y
$

To get back to normal finish the command or terminate it (control-c)

cheers
# 4  
Old 06-13-2006
try q and enter or bye and enter. it may be an FTP command prompt or somthing along thoughs lines.

hush
 
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