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Old 05-17-2008, 05:11 PM
Peter Kuma
Default realpath in PS1 bash

Hi folks

I'm wondering if it'd be a good idea to have PS1 set to

'${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}u@h:$(realpath "$(pwd)")$ '

instead of the default

'${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}u@h:w$ '

and make it a suggestion in /etc/skel/.bashrc for those users who want
to see the actual current working directory.

From a security standpoint you could enter e.g.
/home/someoneelse/somedir/ and see me@debian:/home/someoneelse/somedir/$
in the prompt, but really be in /etc/ if somedir is a (potentially
malicious) symlink to /etc created by a different user. It could get
quite disastrous if you decide to run something like rm -r * in such a

It won't be very helpful with more sophisticated symlink race
conditions, but it is better than nothing.

Perhaps I should post it to bash package wishlist, what do you think?

Peter Kuma

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