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Elements of the Command-Line Interface

 

Figure 4 shows elements of the command-line interface in operational mode.

Figure 4: Elements of the Command-Line Interface
Elements of the Command-Line Interface

Figure 5 shows elements of the command-line interface in configuration mode. In configuration mode, the prompt changes from a > to a #.

Figure 5: Command Prompt in Configuration Mode
Command Prompt in Configuration Mode

The portion of the prompt in square brackets, [edit], is a banner. The banner indicates that you are in configuration mode and shows your location in the statement hierarchy. When you first enter configuration mode, you are always at the top level of the hierarchy, as indicated by the [edit] banner. (See Figure 6.)

Figure 6: Hierarchy-Level Banner
Hierarchy-Level Banner