Byobu provides a special PS1 prompt command, compatible with Bash shells. It will display the previous command's exit code, if it's not zero. It will use 3 separate colors for the local username, hostname, and the current working directory.

byobu-enable-prompt will add one line to your ~/.bashrc.

You can safely remove the line from your ~/.bashrc, which ends in #byobu-prompt.

byobu-disable-prompt will remove its color configuration from ~/.bashrc.

byobu-prompt is an interactive wrapper of the previous two tools.


This is currently only compatible with bash(1).

RELATED TO byobu-disable-prompt…



This manpage and the utility were written by Dustin Kirkland <[email protected]> for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 published by the Free Software Foundation.

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