I love my prompt, always have and always will. I spend so much of my life in a terminal, usually with half a dozen mini terminals open in each tab. As such I like to tweak it and get it as perfect as possible for my life, needs and even mood.

In the past I’ve had quite a large PS1 that covers multiple lines and gives a lot of information, after having that PS1 in one form or another for some time I decided it was time for a change, to a smaller PS1 that takes up a lot less space.

So here it is, the first image is my standard PS1 when in a git repository, the red @ means a file hasn’t been added to Git, a blue @ means a tracked file has been modified but not stage and finally a green @ means a file is staged …


First up we’ll need to install git and some Python tools to get Gitosis installed.

sudo apt-get install -y git-core gitweb python-setuptools

Next we have to clone gitosis from it’s git repository and install it.

cd /tmp
git clone git://eagain.net/gitosis.git
cd gitosis
sudo python setup.py install

Adding your git user

sudo adduser --system --shell /bin/sh --gecos 'git version control' --group --disabled-password --home /home/git git

The above command creates a new system user with /bin/sh as it’s shell with no password and a homedir of /home/git/ and also creates a group with the same name.

Initialising gitosis

You’ll need an SSH key for this, if you have one simply copy the contents of it to your new git server, if you do not have one then you can generate one on your machine using


And then …