When I open the terminal on the console I have user@Sytem-Product-Name:-$ and at work when ever I type bash I get bash 3.2$: (or something very similar, Note I'm using putty on other unix distro) for commodity reasons (space).

I would like to see bash 4.2$ in my terminal. I've installed it and made the

sudo make install 

on the directory I've extracted bash but can't seem to make the version appear on my console.

Any help will be appreciated.

1 Answer 1


You need to change the value of the variable PS1 on the bash config file:

  1. Open (or create) the file ~/.bashrc

  2. At the end, add this line:

    PS1="bash \v\$ "
  3. Save the file and open a terminal.

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