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redwdc
post Jan 20 2008, 06:48 AM
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I'm using a SL-C3200 with the Sharp ROM and I want to change the su prompt from '# ' to '\w #'. (I like to know where I am, I get forgetful sometimes. rolleyes.gif ) It would also be nice to be able to some aliases.

If I go to the su prompt and type joe /root /.profile joe says that it's read only.

Yet, from su I type ls -l /root.profile and get:
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 272 Jan 14 2006 .profile
which as far as I remember means it's read/write for the root user.

If I try to rename or delete .profile I get : Read-only file system.

And lastly changing /etc/.profile or any other .profile has no effect


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Drake01
post Jan 20 2008, 09:12 AM
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QUOTE(redwdc @ Jan 20 2008, 08:48 AM) *
If I try to rename or delete .profile I get : Read-only file system.


I think the Sharp ROM is configured with a /home/root/ directory, which should contain the file that you need to edit. I don't have my wife's Zaurus handy to check, but I'm going to guess that /root is part of a filesystem that may be used for initial booting but is kept read-only. /home/root/ probably replaces the /root directory at some later stage in the booting process.
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redwdc
post Jan 20 2008, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE(Drake01 @ Jan 20 2008, 12:12 PM) *
QUOTE(redwdc @ Jan 20 2008, 08:48 AM) *
If I try to rename or delete .profile I get : Read-only file system.

but I'm going to guess that /root is part of a filesystem that may be used for initial booting but is kept read-only.


Drake01,
Thanks for the reply. I'm sorry, but what I meant by 'And lastly changing /etc/.profile or any other .profile has no effect' included /home/root/.profile and any other .profile that I could find by going to su and typing find / -name .profile*:

    /home/etc/.profile
    /home/root/.profile
    /root/.profile

In at least Ubuntu you can sudo edit /root/.profile

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Jon_J
post Jan 20 2008, 11:21 AM
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I think Meanie explains it here:
http://www.users.on.net/~hluc/myZaurus/custom.html#custom
Scroll down to, or search for "Configuring bash"
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redwdc
post Jan 20 2008, 02:54 PM
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Thank You Jon_J,

That did the trick. One of these days I'm going to give Meanie his own folder in my bookmarks directory.

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