In the terminal prompt, how do I get to see the full path of the home directory?

That is, from

root@pcname:~ # 


root@pcname:/home/username #

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  • FYI, the Ubuntu version does not make any difference. – Andrea Corbellini Feb 25 '15 at 12:52
  • O...IC. For some reason I wanted to know, though. Didn't fully realize the "~" was used as an abbreviation (The title of this question was different...the new title could also help others, though). Thanks. – aksub Feb 27 '15 at 2:02
  • My actual question implied that there was a difference between the files shown under each...but if it is indeed an abbreviation I won't make any more trouble...(just making sure)... – aksub Feb 27 '15 at 2:18
  • Are you using bash? zsh? – Braiam Mar 1 '15 at 16:09
  • @KasiyA,@chaos,@guntbert,@DavidFoerster,@Braiam: My original question was edited. Did you put on hold that one, or the edited one? – aksub Mar 2 '15 at 0:49

In your prompt (look for PS1 in your .bashrc), use $PWD instead of \w.

For example, your .bashrc would contain:

if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '

In both cases, change the second \w to $PWD:

if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]$PWD\[\033[00m\]\$ '
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:$PWD\$ '

According to man bash, \w is the abbreviated path:

\w     the current working directory, with $HOME abbreviated with a tilde (uses the value of the PROMPT_DIRTRI`M variable)

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