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asked 2016-11-17 06:24:22 -0600

jdelsolar gravatar image

Hi there:

my username is as follows:

jvelarde@jvelarde ~]$

and i want to change is to:

PC1@jvelarde ~]$

I use fedora23, thanks for the support

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answered 2016-11-17 06:55:39 -0600

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updated 2016-11-17 06:56:15 -0600

Your username is jvelarde, the prompt is showing your username and hostname that seems to be jvelarde too. Use hostnamectl to set, display, manipulate the hostname. Then prompt will show something like jvelarde@PC1 edit ~/.bashrc to change how prompt is displayed. Have a look here:

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And if you are running Gnome, and want to change your hostname (shown in bash behind the @), then click on Settings --> Details.

Of you really want to change your username from jvelarde to PC1 (what i doubt), you can use a graphical program called system-config-users.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-11-17 10:32:42 -0600 )edit

Thanks for your answer but: i have this:

jvelarde@jvelarde ~]$

and i want this:

PC1@jvelarde ~]$

jdelsolar gravatar imagejdelsolar ( 2016-11-17 13:04:24 -0600 )edit

I went to the graphical interface to change the required fields, and now can't log into the computer.

HELP hahahaha

jdelsolar gravatar imagejdelsolar ( 2016-11-17 13:35:38 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-11-17 16:53:24 -0600

ssieb gravatar image

You can use the command usermod -l newuser olduser to change the username. But you will probably want to change the home directory as well, so use usermod -l newusername -d /home/newusername oldusername and then do mv /home/oldusername /home/newusername.

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