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How can I change my '$'prompt to any other prompt.I heard that it is done by using .cshrc file.How to access it ?Give me a step by step method from the time of login.
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echo 'set prompt="any other prompt"' >> ~/.cshrc
man csh
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by:pagladasu
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You mentioned $ prompt - so are you using the Korn shell or Bourne shell?
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I asumed csh, since kravella asked about .cshrc,
But you're right, we should verify which shell is being used.
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I was just wondering - the $ prompt is generally no the default one in C shell.
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If you are using the Bourne or Korn shell, you could insert the following line in your
profile file
PS1=")-"
This would change the prompt in this shell

Thanks and all the best
pagladasu
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Here's something that I use in my .profile file.
I am using Korn shell.

dasu(){
  cd $1
  PS1="`pwd`>"
}
alias cd=dasu
cd

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to pagladasu:

The Korn shell variable, $PWD is set by ksh to be the current value of pwd.  You can verify this by "echo $PWD" from the shell prompt.  So, to set your prompt to be the current working directory in the Korn shell, without declaring an alias, you can use the following in your .profile;

export PS1="\$PWD>"

Cheers,  

--frankf
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by:pagladasu
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to frankf - righto, it works.
pagladasu

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by:saila
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As the System prompt is held in variable PS1.

Edit either /etc/profile  - to define same prompt for all users or  .profile in home directory of a user

and define variable PS1, ie

PS1='$PWD) '
export PS1

This shows current dir (like dos prompt).
you have to export it to make it valid in sub-shells.

If you want to display hostname as well you can define something like :

HOST=$(hostname)    - Korn shell only OR
HOST=`hostname`
PS1='[$HOST] - $PWD > '
export PS1


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