I want to hide username@solaris in a Unix shell.

I would like something like this:

$ ls -l

Instead I have this:

user@solaris:~$ ls -l

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    This isn't a programming question – Chris Eberle Oct 10 '11 at 18:09

If by "something like" you mean: '$' when normal user, '#' when root then put


in your .profile

Otherwise use

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    This makes a good point. You should use different prompts for root vs other users like CharString suggests. – chown Oct 10 '11 at 18:19

In /etc/bashrc or ~/.bashrc change the PS1 environment variable to PS1=$. Or add a new line if no PS1 already exists with:


Then, run this:

source /etc/bashrc


source ~/bashrc

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