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Reduce your terminal prompt size in Mac/Linux

Alex Moreno
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I really hate how much space the terminal in Macos eats.

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That's eating some times like 60 to 80% of my terminal space, which on itself (the terminal) I like to keep small.

Easy solution though, edit your ~/.bashrc and add this line at the end:

export PS1="[..]/\W:"

Then using source against that file should get your changes:

source ~/.bashrc

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And you can always use pwd, as you can see in my terminal, for whenever you need a reminder of the whole path where you are.

Much better, isn't it? :)

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Philip Norton 🌍

Good tip!
I tend to use oh_my_zsh (ohmyz.sh/), which be default only shows the current directory and the git branch currently checked out.

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Aidan Lovelace

Why not add a new line to the end of your prompt so you can still get all the information but keep the horizontal space?

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Alex Moreno Author

I like minimalistic, but that's just a personal thing, that's indeed a good idea :-)