I'm new to Ubuntu 14.10, and I want to change the 'your name' (appear at the time of Installation) from hanu to Hanu in Terminal, i.e., hanu@4268 to Hanu@4268.


You can accomplish this using a case modification parameter expansion of $USER instead of \u inside the PS1 environment variable. The expansion would be ${USER^} to uppercase only the first letter of the username).

You can run this variable assignment on the terminal to see the effect:

PS1='\[\e]0;${USER^}@\h: \w\a\]${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}${USER^}@\h:\w\$ '

If do you want to make this change permanent, you can use this method:

  1. Edit the .bashrc file in your home folder
  2. Locate these lines:

    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\$ '
  3. In the two lines that begin with PS1=, replace \u by ${USER^}, so it looks like this:

    if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
        PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]${USER^}@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
        PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}${USER^}@\h:\w\$ '
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    This method is far less problematic than changing your actual username. +1 – Arronical Apr 13 '15 at 14:41

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