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I'm having an issue with the Command Line Interface. I'm running Precise 12.04 armhf on a BeagleBone and all the functionality works fine that I need. I have a 'cosmetic problem' when logged in as the non-default user. The command line is simply a "$" no matter what directory I'm on. When I'm logged in as the default user it reads "user@hostname/directory". Also autocomplete (tab completion) seems to be disabled when I'm using the other user. I can use 'su' and switch to and from the default username and get a different looking prompt ("$" and "user@hostname/directory"). Pretty sure it's an easy fix. Help!

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could you run the command echo $PS1 please? That will show what the prompt should be – jackweirdy Jun 29 '12 at 22:11
It comes back blank if that's what you mean. – LapTux Jun 29 '12 at 22:13
hmmmmm very strange. try running PS1="${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$", does that fix the problem? (this will only be temporary) – jackweirdy Jun 29 '12 at 22:15
it changes the prompt to ":+()}\u\@\h:\w$" – LapTux Jun 29 '12 at 22:20
u=username h=hostname w=? I just put in a 'w' – LapTux Jun 29 '12 at 22:22

Answer found. I checked the /etc/passwd file and found that the shell for the user in question was /bin/sh not /bin/bash. Editing the shell fixed the issue.

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