This has always been a pain for me -- waiting for crontab events to kick, you have to keep typing
date;ls -la|tail waiting for files to show up.
Recently, I got annoyed enough to take matters into my own hands, and I found this. Most of the advice in there doesn't seem to work for the system I was working on, but I worked out another solution, using the
PROMPT_COMMAND variable. The following code should go in your
/etc/bashrc, or equivalent.
red="\033[1;31m"; norm="\033[0;39m"; cyan="\033[1;36m"; if [ "$PS1" ]; then if [[ $UID -eq 0 ]]; then PS1="\[$red\]\u@\h:\w\\[\033[0;39m\]\n# " else PS1="\[$cyan\]\u@\h:\w\\[\033[0;39m\]\n\$ " fi export PROMPT_COMMAND="echo -n \[\$(date +%H:%M:%S)\]" export PS1=" "$PS1"\[\e]30;\u@\h\a\]" fi
- or, when logged in as root -
[15:17:16] nickb@emft:/opt $
[15:18:06] root@emft:/home/nickb #