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I messed around with my bash profile (in nano, macOS) a while ago and changed how the Terminal prompt looks. Now, I just want my prompt to be the default, but when I change it in .bash_profile, nothing happens. I'm running macOS Catalina version 10.15.4.

  • Have you restarted the terminal? – DavidPostill Apr 18 at 17:46
  • Just checking: are you sure you're using bash? zsh is the default for Catalina. – Glorfindel Apr 18 at 18:00
  • @DavidPostill What do you mean by restart? How would you do it? I might have but I didn't know if it was "restarting". – mbwins10 Apr 18 at 18:56
  • @Glorfindel I'm not sure. How would I check? – mbwins10 Apr 18 at 18:58
  • What do you get when you execute the command echo $0? – Glorfindel Apr 18 at 19:01
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Since macOS Catalina, zsh is the default shell instead of bash. So changing ~/.bash_profile doesn't help; you either need to

  • change your zsh profile through open ~/.zshrc
  • change your default shell to bash through chsh -s /bin/bash
    It's also possible to do this via the GUI but if you're already in Terminal, this is quicker.
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  • Right, thanks a lot. In zsh, it's actually even easier, as you can just do PROMPT=" %n " or whatever you want. – mbwins10 Apr 18 at 19:58

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