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When using the terminal, I want both my username and my hostname to have separate color schemes. Is that possible with Ubuntu's default terminal emulator(if not, is it possible in terminator?)?

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You could wrap \h in, e.g., \[\033[01;31m\] and \[\033[00m\] in ~/.bashrc's $PS1 definition to make the host red; \[\033[00m\], which resets all the attributes, is already there in the default prompt, so you won't really need it, and I suggest commenting out $PS1's definition and adding a line right after rather than editing the current $PS1's definition for an easy rollback:

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)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\[\033[01;31m\]\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
else
    PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
fi

This should work out-of-the-box on e.g. gnome-terminal; on xterm (and I'd guess in general on xterm-based terminals), you'll also have to uncomment this line:

#force_color_prompt=yes

You can check out other available colors e.g. here.

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  • Does that work for the terminal application? Mar 6 '16 at 20:59
  • @MarioKamenjak It works for all terminals that support coloring through ANSI color escape sequences (for example the console, gnome-terminal and xterm, but most if not all xterm-based terminals will likely support that, though the palette could be more or less extensive). I suppose you're referring to Terminal (which is gnome-terminal), so if that's the case yeah, it will work for Terminal.
    – kos
    Mar 6 '16 at 21:26
  • I had to uncomment force_color_prompt first. Anyway, it works now. Here is my color scheme: PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;33m\]\u\[\033[01;36m\]@\[\033[01;36m\]\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[00m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$' Mar 7 '16 at 15:32
  • This helped as well: cyberciti.biz/faq/… I will accept your answer now. Mar 7 '16 at 15:32
  • @MarioKamenjak Which terminal? It shouldn't be necessary in gnome-terminal / xterm (in fact my prompt is colored, but force_color_prompt=yes is still commented).
    – kos
    Mar 7 '16 at 15:42

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