How to setup BASH custom prompt in Ubuntu

I wanted two things:

  • the time in my prompt
  • a colour prompt

Basics:

  • it’s located in: ~/.bashrc
  • uses Environment Variable: PS1
  • time is inserted using: \t

time

I started here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-linux-unix-bash-shell-setup-prompt.html

colour

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/bash-shell-change-the-color-of-my-shell-prompt-under-linux-or-unix/

PixelBeat discussion on coloured command prompts

http://www.pixelbeat.org/docs/terminal_colours/

how to guid for customing the command prompt

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prompt-HOWTO/

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