View Full Version : Strange Terminal Prefix in bash

Feb 19, 2013, 08:18 PM
After using terminal for the installation of MySQL and a local Joomla development environment (hopefully unrelated) I am now getting a very odd prefix to my terminal prompt. Instead of getting

machine_name:~ user_id$

I'm getting

unknown406c8f4592cf:~ user_id$

Any ideas of what is going on here?

Feb 20, 2013, 12:21 AM
Because that's the name of the machine. Probably given to it by a DHCP server. You can verify that by using the 'hostname' command in terminal. What name does that command return?

Feb 20, 2013, 12:07 PM
hostname returns 'unknown406c8f4592cf', the funny string in terminal. Hmmm.

Not sure why DHCP would use that name as there is a perfectly good name in Preferences/Sharing. Also, there doesn't appear to be any Terminal preference that would affect this.

Guess I'm confused.