prompt w/ uid 0 for cshrc
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Sun Nov 18 23:32:52 UTC 2012
at the moment the current default csh prompt looks like
user at hostname:directory% command
This leads to an unexpected[*] result when using su (without "-").
In particular the user part is *not* changed to "root" (or "toor" or
any other superuser indication) although the promptchar is changed to
This causes some confusion for new users and even some experienced ones.
I worked around this issue by including the following
if ($uid == 0) then
set user = root
which I'm not certain is a good idea.
I would like to replace this with logic like
if $uid = 0 AND $user != toor AND $user != root
set user = "+$user"
does anyone think this is a bad idea? can anyone propose a better
idea? Is the status quo okay?
I don't trust user education for this problem. I've seen way too many
people get confused to leave the default without some extra indicator.
[*] Okay, so this is expected if you understand the difference between
"su" and "su -" but the defaults are not aimed at people that
understand this difference.
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