Very simple question about changing PS1 variable at startup!

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers Very simple question about changing PS1 variable at startup!
# 1  
Old 08-26-2002
Question Very simple question about changing PS1 variable at startup!

Hello there !

I am new in this Unix world and just start learning Unix. I have very simple question about changing PS1 variable (Shell Prompt)
i have local.profile file in my working directory, i open in vi edit mode and add this line PS1="Hello:>" and i save that file.

I disconnected from system and connected back to see effect but failed. why ? i have C shell, Ksh and Sh , it should not show Hello:> at the system startup ?

Please help me what am i doing wrong.

Thanks in advance.

Abid Malik
# 2  
Old 08-26-2002
well i have not used c shell or korn shell but in bash and the bourne shell the ps1 variable is what sets the prompt, for bash, the file to put this in is ~/.bash_profile
# 3  
Old 08-26-2002
For ksh and sh, you should be able to just go into .profile in your home directory and type:

PS1='${PWD} '
for the current working directory


PS1="My prompt "
for some phrase you want to have show...


If you're in csh,

set prompt="My prompt "
in your .login file should work.
Login or Register to Ask a Question

Previous Thread | Next Thread

10 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. Solaris

Help changing the PS1 prompt in Solaris

Hi, I need help changing PS1 in Solaris. I tried this: MYPROMPT="> " PS1=$LOGNAME@$HOSTNAME:${PWD}$MYPROMPT (NOT SURE WHY IT'S HIGHLIGHTED HERE) 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... (17 Replies)
Discussion started by: curiousmal
17 Replies

2. Shell Programming and Scripting

Changing PS1

I have coded PS1 as shown, producing the following result when writing on the command line ┌─ cdl └──╼ make tracepdf2d If I make an error in the command an ✗ is printed ┌─ ✗ cdl └──╼ ls-a ls-a: command not found My problem is that if I just press enter, I do not want to have the... (3 Replies)
Discussion started by: kristinu
3 Replies

3. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

setting the PS1 variable

Hi i'm new to unix, can anyone assist in me setting the PS1 variable in unix (3 Replies)
Discussion started by: user@123
3 Replies

4. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

[Solved] Help needed to have changing value to the command prompt string variable PS1

Hi, I am using git bash terminal window to do git operations. I have set the prompt string variable PS1 in the ~/.bashrc file as follows: export PS1=" " This is intended to show me the current git branch's name which is active as part of the prompt string. But, the problem is when I do a git... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: royalibrahim
2 Replies

5. Homework & Coursework Questions

Unix Script - Changing Variable Question

This is a problem with basic Unix scripting. Thanks for looking! 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data: Make a script that will compare 2 given directories and output those filenames that are in Directory 1 and not 2 2. Relevant commands, code, scripts, algorithms:... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: iamhungry
1 Replies

6. Shell Programming and Scripting

Please explain below PS1 variable

please tell me what is "!" mean in below value of PS1 variable PS1='($PWD) !>' Thanks Sunny (3 Replies)
Discussion started by: sunilmenhdiratt
3 Replies

7. Shell Programming and Scripting

simple assigning variable question

I know many will probably say go read some tutorials...I would like to say that I am. However, I need to know this for work and it needs to be done soon. In my script I have a while loop that reads a .tbl file of 4 columns and assigns them to variables a, b, c, d. Once in the loop i do ... (10 Replies)
Discussion started by: questionasker
10 Replies

8. Shell Programming and Scripting

Changing a variable Question

I have a variable: $FILENAME = /XXXX/XXXX/XXXX/file.dat I want to set another variable that will give me this: $FILENAME2=filea.dat So basically i'm chopping up variable $FILENAME. Not sure cut will do this as i'm looking at different directories so the characther length may be... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: Pablo_beezo
2 Replies

9. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

setting PS1 variable

Hi, I am trying to set my current prompt with the current directory iam working on by $PS1=$PWD but it is blank. please help. (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: papachi
4 Replies

10. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

PS1 variable

I want to set my prompt to something more descriptive than a plain old $, so I set the PS1 variable as such: PS1="" Which changes the prompt correctly, but when I change directories, it does not update the prompt. So I tried this: PS1="`pwd`>" I get the same results when changing... (2 Replies)
Discussion started by: dangral
2 Replies
Login or Register to Ask a Question