I changed my bash prompt text to just the "π" sign. I really want to change it back to the default but I don't want to reset the WHOLE Pi. I've been looking around on this site and I can't find anything. The linux command I got from http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-linux-unix-bash-shell-setup-prompt.html doesn't work either. Is there a way to edit /.bash_profile so I can get the default back. Thanks.(I'm running raspbian by the way) I tried to run:

pi $ sudo grep -d skip "PS1" /home/pi

But it just returned:

pi $ 
  • How did you change it? what file did you edit? You may not have a ~/.bash_profile but a ~/.bashrc file instead. Sep 24, 2015 at 4:44
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    Could you edit your question and paste the output of the following command sudo grep -d skip "PS1" /home/pi/.*
    – joan
    Sep 24, 2015 at 8:06
  • Steve Robillard , I made a ~/.bash_profile file as directed on codecademy.com/en/courses/learn-the-command-line then changed prompt as directed on www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-linux-unix-bash-shell-setup-prompt.html Sep 24, 2015 at 20:40
  • @BradenParks The command was sudo grep -d skip "PS1" /home/pi/.* (notice the /.* after /home/pi).
    – joan
    Sep 25, 2015 at 21:53

2 Answers 2


If you just want to get back the default, you can copy the default configuration files from /etc/skel.

% ls -a /etc/skel
.  ..  .bash_logout  .bashrc  .profile

You can just change the prompt by setting variable PS1.

export PS1="pi $ "

for example, for the shell you're in. But more generally, just change whatever edit you made to set the prompt to π in the first place?

  • That doesn't work it just changes it to "pi $" not to the default setting. Sep 24, 2015 at 20:35

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