I've created a new user profile with:
chmod 0700 kitty
chown -R kitty:kitty
adduser kitty sudo
#when I did it I initially didn't notice I'm using two different commands,
#hence the inconsequence, but as I've read up there are interchangeable anyway,
#just listing it in case it actually makes any difference
I've also created a .bashrc file in kitty's home folder, with the contents of:
export PS1='[\u@\h \w] '
Initially tab completion didn't work, and the prompt for kitty was a standard $ sign, and altough I've tampered with /etc/profile /etc/bash.bashrc /etc/bash_completion and created .bashrc in the home directory for both my main user and kitty, I've ended up reversing all the changes, and only leaving the .bashrc file in the kitty's home directory. So I guess it was the restart that resolved these isssues (sic.).
The problem now is: when I log in as kitty in the terminal window on my main profile, the prompt appears such as my main profile's, with all the formatting (color/boldness), but when I log in as kitty her native bash prompts have standard formatting. Why?
EDIT: as I've noticed there is also a slight difference in the content of prompt, the one on my main profile being followed by a $ sign and kitty's lacking the $ sign and being enclosed in square brackets.
I switch between profiles using
sudo login and
exit in the terminal window. When I log in as kitty at the start of the system, in the terminal it switches between the colored (logged as my main user) and standard (kitty's) one. If at the start of the system I log in as my main user it colors both (kitty's and main user's) in the same manner.