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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 18

April 16th, 2008 by

Issue #18 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Project Releases Major Update to openSUSE Build Service
  • Counting down to 11.0 – Get your counter here!
  • LugRadio Live (so far)
  • Tips and Tricks: Colored shell
  • Stephan Kulow: openSUSE 11.0: Package installation 743% faster for default patterns

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3 Responses to “openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 18”

  1. That PS1 is amazing, can someone break down exactly how it works?

  2. dl9pf

    Every color-change, every line-jump has its special ESC-Sequence. You can combine it and get these nice prompts. Look at the links in the article!

    have phun !

  3. “The colors – they do nothing!”

    Seriously, colors have been around since the early days — /bin/ls was perhaps the first most often used program that did colors.

    BTW Novell/SUSE: Color changes are no good — I am still using the LS_COLORS scheme from SUSE 6.x. (Which is in the aaa_base of my repo, suser-jengelh.)

    >Little contest: Post your colored shell as comment !

    Highly advanced, and also available in aaa_base:

    export PS1_XROOT="\[\e[1;30m\]\A \[\e[0;31m\]\h:\$(beautify_path) \[\e[1m\]#\[\e[0m\] ";
    export PS1_XUSER="\[\e[1;30m\]\A \[\e[0;32m\]\h:\$(beautify_path) \[\e[1;37m\]>\[\e[0m\] ";

    Time — you always need this; hostname — same, or you can accidentally end up deleting a file from the wrong server; and of course a (beautified) path that, if it is overly deep (in expanded form), does not take up the rest of the line!