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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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trim the terminal command prompt working directory

When using the terminal in a deep folder structure sometimes the prompt can take up most of the line. Is there any way in which I can trim the working directory? I know I can do PS1="\W >" to ...
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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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How can I install and use powerline plugin?

Powerline is a plug-in to display informational and beautiful statusline for vim, tmux and shell prompt for bash, zsh. Vim statusline: How can I install and setup Powerline for different ...
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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?
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Disable authentication prompts in 15.04?

I'd like to know how I can disable the authentication prompts when opening apps such as Synaptic, mounting disks and so. I got my user as passwordless set in sudoers, but seems the change to systemd ...
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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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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 to Repair Grub while dual booting ( win7 / ubuntu 11.10)

I've installed windows 7 and then Ubuntu 11.10, and then set up everything on easyBCD. When I select Ubuntu on the boot menu, I end-up in grub prompt (like "grub>" in a black screen) instead of ...
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Terminal line glitches

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 mini + LXDE and wanted to make my command line different in terminal (than just plain white), so I added blue color to path line (everything until $ sign) and it works fine ...
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Strange thing happening in command prompt

I'm using Ubuntu in command line mode, no GUI. I'm new to UNIX, so I'm a bit confused by something that just happened. I accidentally typed "suspend" instead of "pm-suspend", and my root~#: prompt ...
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why doesnt ubuntu 13.04 prompt me for a password after suspend?

I am on 13.04 and waking from suspend takes me straight to desktop without a password prompt even though it is set to ask for a password in the brightness and lock settings. Also I recently tried to ...