Help changing the prompt

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Mon Aug 25 19:18:18 UTC 2008

Robe <vcrobe at> writes:

> Hi there,
> I'm trying to change the prompt in the *text (console) mode* for a
> restricted user with a statement like this
> set prompt = "%~> "
> But it doesn't work. And when I type *set* I see _ = "%~> " instead prompt =
> "%~> "
> However when I do it logged as a root it works.
> Can someone help me with this?

Sounds like your user is using a different shell than root is.
Try "finger <user>" to find out what shell it is using 
(probably the Bourne Shell, /bin/sh), and check the documentation
for the shell (if it's /bin/sh, see the manual with "man sh").

Or change the user's shell (e.g., with "chsh").

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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