The following sites inspired me to explore creating a customized prompt (for bash):
So here is mine:
PS1="\$(if [[ \$? != "0" ]]; then echo \[\e[31m\]; fi)\n\$(date)\n\\[\e[1m\\]\[\$(dirs)\]\n\\[\e[m\\]"
- Color change on error return code
- The current date
- The current directory stack (I use pushd and popd)
- Commands start on their own line
And that’s it! I really don’t need the prompt to tell me what my username is or the hostname of the machine (duh!).