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I'm running gnome-terminal set to update its title according to terminal commands updating their own titles (default on Fedora 13). When I SSH to somewhere else the title is updated correctly, but then SSH exits and gnome-terminal is indicating that I'm still logged in remotely. This is confusing when trying to navigate around. How do I maintain the behaviour when logging in, and restore the old title when logging out (by default just "Terminal", but better yet display current location)?

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Which shell are you using on the local side? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 15 '10 at 9:54
Don't have access right now, pretty sure it's bash though - whatever is default for gnome-terminal on Fedora 13. – Sam Brightman Oct 16 '10 at 6:01
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Add the set-title escape sequences to your shell's rc file. For bash v4, this would be:

if [[ $TERM == xterm* ]]; then
    # This puts "user@host workdir" into the titlebar.
    # (look for section "PROMPTING" in bash's manual)
    title='\u@\h \w'


in your ~/.bashrc.

Stop reading here unless you like messing with bash scripts.

The code above is actually a greatly simplified version of my ~/.bashrc snippet:

case $TERM in
    # only set the "screen"window title

# Very useful for: title syslog && tailf /var/log/syslog
title() { [ "$title_seq" ] && printf "$title_seq" "$*"; }

# Modify the prompt string.
if [ "$title_seq" ]; then
    title='\u@\h \w'
    PS1+="\[$(printf "${title_seq//\\/\\\\}" "$title")\]"

Actually, that was my old ~/.bashrc snippet. Upon discovering PROMPT_DIRTRIM=1 I had to replace the $PS1 modification (the last if statement) with:

update_title() {
    title "$USER@$HOSTNAME ${PWD/#$HOME/~}"
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Thanks, love it. @Sam-Brightman : Please accept this answer. – vasquez Nov 18 '11 at 11:24

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