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What does “${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}” do in my terminal prompt?

In my terminal prompt definition in my .bashrc file, among other things, I have this snippet of code: ${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)} What does this do, and do I need it?
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Creating new user, inconsistent bash prompt

I've created a new user profile with: useradd kitty passwd kitty mkdir kitty chmod 0700 kitty chown -R kitty:kitty adduser kitty sudo #when I did it I initially didn't ...
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Changing behavior of bash prompt when functioning as root

Before you click away, this isn't the typical "how do I make my bash prompt have color" question. I've already customized my bash prompt to look like this: [user @ host]----[$(pwd)] $ where ...
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How can I shorten the bash prompt's current path to one letter per directory?

I can't remember where, but I've already seen the bash prompt's current path shortened in an interesting way: every directory contained in the path is replaced by its first letter only. For instance: ...
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.bashrc not responding

I'm having an odd problem with the .bashrc file. I've added the following line so git could show me the current branch on prompt (I saw this tip here) #Show branch in status line PS1='[\W$(__git_ps1 ...
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How can I shorten my command line (bash) prompt?

Currently it is: michael@Castle2012-Ubuntu-laptop01:~/Dropnot/webs/rails_v3/linker/spec/controllers$ Outside of renaming my machine and directory structure... How could I make it be something ...
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~/.bashrc changes have no effect?

I have been trying to set some custom colors on the user@hostname:~$ on the terminal. I edited both ~/.bashrc and /etc/bash.bashrc Where it said: debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot... I just changed ...
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Changing colors for user, host, directory information in terminal command prompt

Is it possible to change the colors in the command prompt for the user@computer, as well as the the current directory and command parts of the prompt display? I've already seen something like this ...
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How (and where) can one change 'user@host $:' pattern in gnome-terminal?

When I start terminal in Ubuntu, I see: ilya@HOST:~$ I need to add a timestamp to this, something like: 2011-10-09T09:32:00 ilya@HOST:~$ How can I configure this?