I noticed that when in terminal the prompt is generally in the format
username@users: or I have even seen
username@(none):. I get that the first part is the logged in person's user name, but what is the part after the
The Bash command prompt looks like this by default:
[USERNAME]is the username of the currently operating user. normally this is your user, but when you run
sudo suor similar commands, you get a "root shell", that means the user is "root".
[HOSTNAME]is your hostname. It's the name of your computer. You had to enter that during the system installation.
[PATH]is your current working directory, the directory you're currently operating on. When you open a new terminal, the default directory is your current user's home directory. A synonym for
[SYMBOL]is usually either
$if you're operating as any normal user, or
#if you're operating as "root" user.
So your Bash prompt looks like this:
That means you're logged in as user
ganesh on a computer called
ganesh as well, currently operating in your own home directory (
~). Of course you're not "root", therefore the
Without looking th the Bash prompt, you find out your username, groups, hostname and current working directory with the commands below:
Username and groups, as string and number:
Current working directory:
to expand on what sepp2k said, it is the hostname aka computer-name of the system you're logged into terminal on. most of the time, and for most users, this is going to be the one you're sitting in front of. it is very useful though in the event that you occasionally/constantly sign into remote systems for administration purposes to have the pc name right there in front of you to remind you where you are.