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prompt not appearing

i am working on ideas software which is based on irix.we have both SGI workstations and HP workstations.
   the problem i am facing is that i don't get a dollar prompt when i open a shell on a HP workstaion.i observed this only on a couple of Workstation.
   can someone tell what the problen is??
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depending on the used shell, the prompt is different, might be % or # or $
    echo $SHELL
to see which shell you use, then change the promt with
    set prompt = '$ '
for csh or tcsh, or
    PS='$ '; export PS
for most other shells
Assuming you don't have your home directory NFS mounted from a server, then possibly your .dtprofile isn't executing your .profile when you start a shell session, or your .profile is different on the other workstations, so it isn't seting the prompt (as ahoffmann described) automatically. If you're not using NIS, your user setup in /etc/passwd may also be different on the different workstations.

Compare these files on a "good" and "bad" workstation to see if this is the case.

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