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How to reset terminal back to show" [user@localhost user]$ " instead of bash-4.2#

asked 2013-11-01 11:43:24 -0600

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updated 2014-09-27 20:39:20 -0600

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HI,I am Avik..I am using Fedora-19 Gnome..recently fedora terminal encountered a problem it is showing " bash-4.2# " instead of " [user@localhost user]$ " all commands are working fine .. all system is ok.. but don't know why this is showing. Please help..

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What is the output of: id; ps

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2013-11-01 11:50:31 -0600 )edit

Hello, what is output of 'echo $PS1'

baptistemm gravatar imagebaptistemm ( 2013-11-01 11:56:00 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-11-02 00:08:22 -0600

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Thank you,for your kind help,i had managed by copying bashrc and all other bash files to my home directory from root.. and all things are fine now...

thanks once again...

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In this case the most probable reason for the problem was missing /etc/bashrc initialization ("Source global definitions") in user's ~/.bashrc (due to manual edits). The ~/.bashrc file is by default created with the contents of /etc/skel/.bashrc - see "skel" description in man useradd, and copying root's /root/.bashrc to ~/.bashrc restored sourcing of /etc/bashrc which sets the PS1 variable

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2013-11-12 09:08:45 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-11-01 14:10:32 -0600

Hi: Edit your .bash_profile and put a line

export PS1="[\u@\h \W]\$ "

And make sure that you /etc/passwd looks something like

casep:x:1000:1000:Carlos "casep" Sepulveda:/home/casep:/bin/bash

Kind regards

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Avik may be running as root - we need to exclude that possibility first

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2013-11-01 14:14:55 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-03-22 00:44:12 -0600

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It is very simple. You have to do these followings.

1.First open your terminal and type;

             vi ~/.bashrc
  1. Then you get the vi editor. In vi editor type;

             export PS1="[\u@\h \W]\$"
             export PS2=">"
  2. Then you have to save this using; :wq

  3. Then type;


You can enjoy now!!!!

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