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Is it possible to color the prompt ("user@host:~/dir/$") in Bash? Some commands generate a lot of output and it's sometimes hard to find where it started. Coloring would help a lot.

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Yes you can.See this link – karthick87 Nov 18 '10 at 19:31
up vote 20 down vote accepted

Found an easy way to do it:

Uncomment force_color_prompt=yes in ~/.bashrc.

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That's certainly the easiest way :) – Little Jawa Nov 19 '10 at 7:30
I absolutely overlooked this option in the ~/.bashrc! Thanx anyways! – Ubuntuser May 4 '11 at 10:54

Bashish is a theme engine for the console; check some screen shots here :-)

It's easy to install:

  1. Click on the download link on the website
  2. get the deb for Ubuntu
  3. double-click the downloaded file and Software center will install it for you.

After that, close any open terminals and type:

bashish list

to get a list of already built themes.

Have fun :-)

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