Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My Solaris .profile

I wanted to post my .profile file online because I have had to re-create it many times and I thought that others might find it useful!

Some of the things that the profile does are:
  • colors the prompt
  • adds shortcuts for ll and l (ls -lF and ls -laF)
  • fixes the delete (among others) key so that delete actually deletes characters, rather than add tildes!
  • adds mouse support to pico and makes 'nano' refer to pico (our system doesn't have nano)
  • sets up CDPATH (adds the directories in this variable to the search path when using cd)

# set the term to xterm
export TERM=xterm

# Set up VISUAL, EDITOR for crontab editing

# Set up a prompt
PS1="\u@\h:\w# "
export PS1="\e[1;31m$(echo $PS1)\e[m"

# Export all the above

# set up CDPATH
export CDPATH

# set up some aliases
alias ll="ls -lF"
alias l="ls -laF"

alias nano="pico -w -m"
alias pico="/usr/local/bin/pico -w -m"

# fix some keys
case $TERM in
bind '"\e[1~": beginning-of-line'
bind '"\e[3~": delete-char'
bind '"\e[4~": end-of-line'
bind '"\177": backward-delete-char'
# eof

All that you need to do is save the above text in your home directory under the filename '.profile'.

I have tested this on Solaris, SuSe Linux and Ubuntu Linux.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Nice! Thanks! It was very helpful to "fix" the del key that was producing ~ on my Solaris machine... :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Finally I got my DELETE, HOME, END buttons working with putty