Using Functions in a BASH Prompt

Posted by jayrfink on Jun 10, 2007 11:25 PM EDT; By Jason (Jay) R. Fink
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One of theneat things a user can do on Unix is play around with the Bourne Again Shell (bash). An even more interesting thing is how the environment can be tweaked to a particular user's preference. In this text a look at how the Bash prompt can be manipulated by inserting commands and even shell code functions directly into the prompt itself.

A Sample Function inline with Bashprompt

In a recent text configuring colors for the Bash prompt was discussed. In this text a method of messing with the prompt is expanded upon by actually inserting a shell code function inline with the bash prompt. A Basic Bash Prompt

The bash prompt has built in commands that use escape charachter syntax. By default a lot of packages ship bash with a default that shows the hostname and relative path. The escape sequences for all users is usually kept in /etc/bashrc or a similar system location.

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