How BASH Changes Terminal Window Title

In many distributions bash automatically changes the terminal title. I thought it was hardcoded in bash, but it turns out to be not. It is usually implemented with PROMPT_COMMAND.

Environment variable $PROMPT_COMMAND defines the command to be automatically executed before displaying the primary prompt (i.e. $PS1). It is set by a script that is sourced by interative instances of bash. In Gentoo it is in /etc/bash/bashrc:
case ${TERM} in
        PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME%%.*}:${PWD/$HOME/~}\007"'
        PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033_${USER}@${HOSTNAME%%.*}:${PWD/$HOME/~}\033\\"'

In fact, the first version above also works with newer versions of screen.

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