Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm getting my macbook pro name in my terminal command line, why is that?

Name-Macbook-Pro:~ name$ 

Why am i getting this? I'm on my Mac Mini, I guess its from the migration.. but will it affect anything else? How do I change this?


share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 1 down vote accepted

That part of the prompt is the hostname (\h) by default. Normally changing the computer name from System Preferences also changes the hostname:

The settings are stored in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist:

    <string>Lauri’s iMac</string>

This changes the system hostname:

sudo scutil --set HostName My-MacMini

It adds <key>HostName</key><string>My-MacMini</string> under System. If the system hostname has been set, changing the computer name or local hostname from System Preferences won't change the prompt.

share|improve this answer
THanks! changing the computer name solved the problem! –  andrewliu Apr 11 '13 at 5:31
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.