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My ISP has switched to jailshell at some point, and now when I SSH in my prompt is always:


I'd like it to be:

`pwd` $

Where do I configure this? I seem to recall some kind of config file, but I can't find it.

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touch ~/.bashrc; echo 'PS1="\w $"' >> ~/.bashrc

This will create the file .bashrc in your home directory if it doesn't already exist, and append PS1="\w $" to it.

The environment variable PS1 defines your prompt, and the escape sequence \w translates to the current working directory (pwd). A full list of escapes sequences can be found here.

To make the shell reflect the changes made in .bashrc without restarting the session, run source ~/.bashrc.

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if I do source ~/.bashrc I get the prompt like you say, but it isn't doing that on login – Kip Dec 4 '09 at 13:13
oh wait i got it to work. since it is a login prompt i have to use ~/.bash_profile, not ~/.bashrc – Kip Dec 4 '09 at 13:15
Awesome, I'm glad it worked :). – Arkenklo Dec 5 '09 at 11:15

AFAIK jailshell reads .bashrc
so man bash is your friend

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~/.bash_profile - This works for hostgator PS1 prompt

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