Allow to shorten the prompt. Useful when the it is taking too much place.

When you need to work a long time in the same directory, which prompt is of the type: bob@ubuntu:~/directory1/directory2/directory3/directory4/directory5$ it is better to hide all this with the command PS1='$' To retrieve a normal prompt, type: PS1='$PWD$ '
Sample Output
bob@ubuntu:~/directory1/directory2/directory3/directory4/directory5$ PS1='$'
$ PS1='$PWD$ '

2009-02-13 21:58:42

What Others Think

equally short but containing if you are root or not: PS1='\$'
rubo77 · 605 weeks and 3 days ago
seofox · 27 weeks and 2 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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