There are a couple of defaults in the standard Linux shell, bash, that I think need some history brought out. This question is about the prompt.
The default prompt in bash in many Linux distros is
For those who can't parse that, it looks like this for a typical user:
[staticsan@walcen files]$ _
The biggest problem with this is that it only tells you the name of the current directory. "files" could just as easily be
/home/staticsan/files (and that's a simple example). A full path makes more sense, so I have to change it every time I setup a new box or create a new user.
So why is the default set to what it is?