Per Hedeland per at
Tue Jun 30 13:21:13 UTC 2020

On 2020-06-30 14:39, Polytropon wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:27:58 +0200, Per Hedeland wrote:
>> On 2020-06-30 11:43, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>>> On Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:44:34 +0530
>>> Manish Jain <bourne.identity at> wrote:
>>>> It is often unnoticed that FreeBSD has a mirror of the root user
>>>> appropriately named toor (whose shell can be anything).
>>> 	Traditionally root ran /bin/csh and toor ran /bin/sh to keep both
>>> BSD and AT&T trained sysadmins happy, it really doesn't matter what login
>>> shell root uses at work we use zsh, at home I use bash but you could even
>>> use mc or vshnu.
>>> 	However the OP was concerned about the prompt (which many people
>>> have correctly said involves setting PS1) rather than the shell.
>> Yes, PS1 is what to set for /bin/sh and its relatives (e.g. bash,
>> zsh), but it has no effect for csh/tcsh - there you need to set
>> 'prompt' (and the "formatting sequences" are also different). And it
>> seems the OP was primarily interested in root's prompt (i.e. csh by
>> default).
> The first message says that the prompt character is $, which would
> not be the case (per default) if the C shell was chosen; so the
> case probably is related to "shell changed from C shell to sh",
> rather than "the dog ate my configuration files". ;-)

This was definitely not my impression of the OP's *problem* - in
particular, the first message
says "When I am logged in as root it is #, even when I do not execute
a shell. Usually it was root at machine17#. How do I change it back?",
says "I don't want to change the prompt for the usr, just for the csh
shell for root".


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