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I have tried the suggestions here:

How to shorten the no of characters display for the current directory in the prompt

But adding these lines to the .bashrc file had no effect.

Uname -a :

#46-Ubuntu SMP Wed Mar 7 13:47:05 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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What did you add to the .bashrc? Have you started a new shell after changing .bashrc? What is the new prompt? –  choroba Oct 16 '12 at 10:39
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Sorry - the question is already answered here

In the standard .bashrc on Ubuntu (in your home directory), look for the comment 'If this is an Xterm...' and change the PS1 value beneath.

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