On Mon, 17 Feb 2003 18:40:36 +0200
Giorgos Keramidas <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> On 2003-02-17 10:46, David Banning <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > > The way that the shell prompt is set depends on the particular shell.
> > > What shell does your `david' user have?  What shell does `root' have?
> >
> > they both use bash.
> >
> > >
> > > > How do I get the super-user prompt when I just use the "su" command
> > > > rather than the full "su -" command?
> > >
> > > The default behavior of su is to run an interactive, but not login,
> > > shell AFAIK.  How to set the prompt for interactive invocations of
> > > your root user's shell depends on the shell.
> > I took out my "PS1=david$" line in my .profile, and now I have it working
> > again. My user shell is simply "bash-2.03$" and my su shell is
> > "su-2.03#".
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> 
> You're welcome :)
> 
> Don't explicitly set a '$' in your PS1 if you want bash to have
> control of your superuser/simple-user changes.  Use this instead:
> 
>       PS1='david\$'
> 
> and see if it looks better.  For more \X escape sequences that you can
> use in your PS1, look at the manpage of bash.


or probably better in this case PS1='\u\$ '

i prefer PS1='[\u \W]\$ '



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