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I open terminal and see only this:

$

as to where I expect it to look like

user@host:~$ 

screenshot here

Do you have any idea, what I need to do to get the regular shell prompt back? I am using Ubuntu 12.10.

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You seem to have changed to a very basic shell for that user (e.g. /bin/sh). Try changing to a more common shell, e.g. Bash, using

chsh -s /bin/bash username

On a regular Ubuntu installation, the shell prompt is decorated in the .bashrc file in your home directory. However, not all shells are sourcing/supporting that file/configuration.

For more details on this decoration in Bash, see the occurrences of PS1 in the ~/.bashrc file.

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