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A place for Arch users' .bashrc file tips and tricks. .bashrc is a configuration file that contains commands to be executed whenever an interactive shell is started.


To colourise the bash prompt: Comment out the default PS1:

#PS1='[\u@\h \W]\$ '

The following PS1 is useful for a root bash prompt, with red designation and green console text:

PS1='\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[m\] \[\e[1;34m\]\w\[\e[m\] \[\e[0;31m\]\$ \[\e[m\]\[\e[0;32m\] '

See also this wiki page


Default command usage

To make rm prompt for removals

alias rm='rm -i'

to make cp and mv prompt for overwrite

alias cp='cp -i'
alias mv='mv -i'

To make spelling mistakes not matter

alias unmount='umount'
alias pakman='pacman'

Seen in forums to force someone to learn vim

alias nano='vi'


Useful environment variables

Set a default text editor




Add a scripts directory to your path statement

You can add a 'scripts' directory (or any other for that matter) to your path simply by adding the following line


Modify as needed. Now when you open a new shell window, you can simply type the name of your scripts.

HTTP / FTP Proxy

You can export your HTTP and FTP proxy settings from .bashrc by adding the following:

export http_proxy=""
export ftp_proxy=""

Auto complete

It is use full to have auto complete feature(pressing "tab" key 2 times on keyboard) after you type some command like "sudo".
To do this add line in this format to your .bashrc file:

complete -cf your_command


complete -cf sudo

With this line you can use auto complete feature after command "sudo"

complete -cf man

This will allow you to use auto complete after "man" so you don't have to remember exact name of man page you want to read