QUICK NOTE: I'm not sure if its necessary if I need to mention this but I'm running a chroot environment inside my /home directory

So I wasn't sure how to really google search this. I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate.

Problem 1:

I'm running Ubuntu-server 14.04 and I'm able to successfully connect to ssh. However, I notice that the prefixes for a admin user and a non admin user is different.

Nebulous is the admin account (the account created for me during system install).

Using username "nebulous".
Authenticating with public key "" from agent

Appmanager is the non admin account.

Using username "appmanager".
Authenticating with public key "" from agent

Prefixes to compare are:

  • nebulous@Nebulous-Linux:~$
  • -bash-4.3$

If both users are set to use /bin/bash:


Why are the prefixes different?

This also seems to cause a problem with aliases.

Problem 2:

If I login with nebulous, then su appmanager, and execute an alias, it works properly. However, if I were to login with a non-admin account and try to execute an alias, it doesnt recognize the same alias

Admin Terminal:

appmanager@Nebulous-Linux:/home/appmanager$ helloworld
Hello, World!

Non-Admin Terminal:

-bash-4.3$ helloworld
-bash: helloworld: command not found

What causes the shell to not recognize the alias?

  • There is no /home/appmanager in chroot /home. Either modify the home directory in the /etc/passwd or in the ssh after chroot.
    – Jakuje
    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:18
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    – Fabby
    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:26

1 Answer 1


I fixed my both my problems.

All that's needed is to source path/to/user/.bashrc

I get a proper prefix:


and my aliases also work.

appmanager@Nebulous-Linux:/$ helloworld
Hello, World!

I also apologize for misuse of the AskUbuntu Q&A site. Thanks for the tip @Fabby

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