I tried to change colours in Terminal following this guide:


I created bash_profile file, saved and quitted Terminal. Now when i open Terminal I get this

Last login: Mon Oct 17 01:36:24 on ttys000
-bash:  : command not found
-bash:  : command not found
-bash:    git: command not found
-bash: gt: command not found
-bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
->> $ 

the last line is changed in StackExchange's text editor, I do not understand why please look at the uploaded photo below - this is how it looks in my terminal

I deleted bash_profile and I still get the same.

Stupid screen shot

Every command I write is followed by:

-bash:    git: command not found
-bash: gt: command not found
-bash: /dev/null: Permission denied

What should I do it to stop it?

Update from comments: Here's what I put in the file.

export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=GxBxCxDxexegedabagaced
parse_git_branch() {
    git branch 2> /dev/null |
    sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* (.*)/ (\1)/'
export PS1="\e[0;35m->> \e[1;34m\W\e[0;32m\$(parse_git_branch)\e[0;37m $ "
  • 2
    Note the file is not bash_profile but .bash_profile
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 17, 2016 at 16:11
  • Thank you Mark, I edited .bash_profile and it is back to default now. In my confusion I created two files .bash_profile and bash_profile. Any idea how to change my terminal look into ubuntu like style and colours without getting this weird messages? Oct 17, 2016 at 17:32
  • The wierd messages are because you messed you PATH and are nothing tom do with prompt colours - there are other questions re coliours
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 17, 2016 at 19:41
  • can you give us the content of your .bash_profile? You can edit your first post and add the content there. I think there is something wrong in your profile.
    – dante12
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:16
  • 3
    Please ask a new question regarding the faulty color guide instead of spamming the comments.
    – klanomath
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:28

1 Answer 1


The &gt; is a syntax error, apparently caused by HTML markup in whatever source you copy/pasted this from. Where you see &gt; the author intended > and where you see &lt; the author intended <. If there's an &amp; that will need to be replaced with a literal & etc.

See a listing of HTML entity codes for a somewhat more exhaustive list.

  • There's a comment on the blog post about this as well, but it's rather obscurely phrased.
    – tripleee
    Oct 21, 2016 at 10:30

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