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redwdc

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« on: January 20, 2008, 09:48:47 am »
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.  ) 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[/li]
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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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008, 12:12:49 pm »
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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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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008, 12:50:28 pm »
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Quote from: redwdc
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[/li]
In at least Ubuntu you can sudo  edit /root/.profile

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008, 02:21:38 pm »
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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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2008, 05:54:58 pm »
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.

Robin
« Last Edit: January 20, 2008, 06:06:26 pm by redwdc »