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Thread: Make terminal window more pretty

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013

    Make terminal window more pretty


    We just ordered a new virtual server and it is splendid.
    However, we don't want to use the standard user setup by our supplier and, fo course, we wand a user each.

    The problem is that when I create a new user the terminal is extremely ugly. No colours and keys like tab won't work so we can't really use these users.

    I have copied .profile to my new user, but it made no difference.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Make terminal window more pretty

    It sounds you might be in another type of shell. From the terminal submit

    :~$ bash
    If that fixes it you can change the default shell to bash. Run the following command to get the location of the bash binary:

    :~$ which bash
    Once you have that (something like /bin/bash or /usr/local/bash) then you use that for the next command which changes the default login shell:

    :~$ chsh -s /bin/bash <user>
    You will need to enter the password for the user that you want to change the login shell for. Log out and back in again to check that is sorted.
    Last edited by cj13579; February 7th, 2013 at 05:50 PM.


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