sthapit sthapit - 3 months ago 22
Ruby Question

How to format irb command prompt

Previously I was using Ruby 1.8 and my

irb
command prompt used to look like this:

Air ~: irb
>> a = 1
=> 1
>> b = 2
=> 2
>> a + b
=> 3


I installed rvm (and Ruby 1.9.2) and now my
irb
command prompt looks like this:

Air ~: irb
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :001 > a = 1
=> 1
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :002 > b = 2
=> 2
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :003 > a + b
=> 3


Is there a way to remove the
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :001
from the command line?

Answer

The irb man page has a section on "Customizing prompt". Here's mine for example:

IRB.conf[:PROMPT][:CUSTOM] = {
  :PROMPT_I => ">> ",
  :PROMPT_S => "%l>> ",
  :PROMPT_C => ".. ",
  :PROMPT_N => ".. ",
  :RETURN => "=> %s\n"
}
IRB.conf[:PROMPT_MODE] = :CUSTOM
IRB.conf[:AUTO_INDENT] = true

To use this, add it to your ~/.irbrc file (creating it if it doesn't exist.)

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