blfs book -suggested /etc/profile

Ken Moffat ken at kenmoffat.uklinux.net
Fri Jul 18 10:10:45 PDT 2003


On Fri, 18 Jul 2003, Heinz Kirchmann wrote:

>
> > PS1="\u@\h \w \$"
> > ...
> > When I echo $PS1 I get
> > \u@\h \w $
> >
> > so somehow it has lost the '\' from '\$'.
> Backslashes followed by a special character in strings enclosed in "
> get eaten during shell evaluation. Their only use is to prevent the
> following character from being special.
>
> The solution is to use single quotes (')
>
> Heinz
>
>
 Well spotted!  Thanks.  I guess I got lulled into a false sense of
security by \u and so forth being ok.  YAQI (yet another quoting issue).

Ken
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