Skip to content


The configuration of the bash shell environment is stored in the /usr/home/LOGIN/.bash_profile file. To use the following examples, add them to the above file.


The default encoding is UTF-8 and it is recommended to use it. To change the encoding to, for example, ISO-8859-1, add:

export LC_ALL="en_US.ISO8859-1"


The default editor is vi. For novice users, it may seem unintuitive. The following editors are installed on servers: nano, vim, ee or mcedit. To change the default editor to nano add:

export EDITOR="nano"

Coloring ls

By default on servers, ls colors filenames using the BSD default colors. To change the color of the output to that of GNU add:

export LSCOLORS="ExGxFxdxCxDxDxhbadExEx"

You can also disable the display of colors altogether by adding the following line:



To change the default prompt to Linux, add:

export PS1="\u@\h:\w\\$ "

See also