I’m having a hard time understand what exactly adding ‘export PS1=">> "’ actually does. The description in the exercise flies right over my head. I have entered the commands correctly, and everything appears to be working, I just don’t understand why it’s working.
bash will print the content of that variable each time it’s asking for input from the user.
Setting that variable will therefore set the prompt.
This looks like it talks about everything I’d ever want to know about bash prompt variables:
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