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zsh solutions to “the argument list is too long”

I read in this answer from @Gilles the following: In zsh, you can load the mv builtin: setopt extended_glob zmodload -Fm zsh/files b:zf_\* mv -- ^*.(jpg|png|bmp) targetdir/ as a solution to ...
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zmv command to rename file after matching pattern

I was trying to figure out a solution for this question using zmv. I am unable to find an exact solution using zmv. This is what I could come up with so far. From here, I could rename all files like ...
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search files using group permission

If i need to search files using group permission I use the following command echo **/*(AIE) where AIE stand for read/write/execute. For owner and group permissions the qualifier used are rwx and ...
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In zsh, what is the meaning of the '$==*' idiom

I have found the $==* idiom in several zsh solutions that I use. It seems to be equivalent to $argv. But I don't know how it gets interpreted. Could you explain?
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$PATH environment variable does not seem to be recognized

I've made a fresh install of Debian Wheezy, and installed zsh to it. Few days after, I've done a vanilla installation of TeX Live 2014, so I added the necessary binary paths to my $PATH. Now I started ...
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Can I reference a command before '&&' after '&&'

Not sure how else to phrase the question, but basically, I often find myself running a command like vagrant to bring up the VM, and then ssh into it like below: vagrant up && vagrant ssh ...
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How to make *sh lines shorter

I recently encountered a line of zsh code ls_colors_parsed=${${(@s.:.)LS_COLORS}/(#m)\**=[0-9;]#/${${MATCH/(#m)[0-9;]##/$MATCH=$MATCH=04;$MATCH}/\*/'=(#b)($PREFIX:t)(?)*'}} Not only does this burn ...
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zsh syntax highlighting for files

I use zsh-syntax-highlighting package and it colorize all files with the same color as directories (path). I think one should have possibility to customize these colors or at least use $LS_COLORS as ...
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Automatically put an alias into ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc [duplicate]

Is there a command line util/script that automatically saves aliases? E.g. save-alias my-ip="curl ipecho.net/plain" and that will define an alias, then add/update it in ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc I was ...
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zshell is tab-completing ambiguous options

I've been having an issue with zsh completion that's becoming a rather large annoyance. It's completing options beyond where there is ambiguity. For example, in a directory with these files: ...
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Move zsh settings from Arch live to Arch regular

I just installed Arch as a guest (Virtual Box), and I really liked the way that the shell behaved on the live version of Arch. What would the steps be in order to copy those settings (from live) ...
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Zsh script cannot find screens

I have created a zsh script launching many screens in detached mode with particular names and running particular processes in them in order to automate some data analysis in high energy physics. ...
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Zsh script how to concatanate array elements with string

I have written a zsh script to automize an analysis in high energy physics and now I would like to use an element of the one of the defined array some string and another element of some another array ...
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Zsh - Modify File Completion w/ Quotes

I've been using Zsh recently, and when I complete a file name within quotes, the completion adds a space after the completed file name. Interestingly, this does not occur when I complete directory ...
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Bash script for opening screens and compiling the same file

I have written a bash script to initiate separate screen sessions and run a command in each of them that compiles the same C++ source file in ROOT (an object-oriented data analysis framework ...
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How to make `less -FX' play nice with a 2-line shell prompt

My shell prompt is two lines long (a fancier version of [%n@%m %~]'$'\n''%#. I have $LESS set to -FX. When I quit less, it leaves a single line at the end of my screen, and since my prompt has two ...
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Livesearch with first 10 matches as preview for zsh-history?

I have seen a history-livesearch with a preview, that shows the 10 first matches in the history in a list below the BUFFER-line, which is updated on every keystroke, and acts like the standard ctrl+r ...
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How can you get the current terminal line (the one that is still editable by the user)?

I need a way to use the current line which the users typed into as variable for a shell function. my current code, which can be called by ctrl+r zle -N search bindkey "^R" search search () { read ...
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Display ZSH brace expansion

Is there a way to show the expanded version of a brace expansion statement? For example, I have: $ bundle exec rake db:{drop,create,migrate} Does the expanded version expand to this? $ bundle ...
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How can I check GMail messages with prompt for password from a script?

I'm using zsh on Ubuntu 14.04 over SSH using Putty and I'm setting up the key bindings for my keyboard. Because zsh doesn't seem to make use of my function keys I thought I'd setup scripts to do ...
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Cannot access elements of an array in zsh

I am trying to write a script in zsh and I need to make use of arrays in order to achieve my aim in an elegant way. After reading some information over the Net, I tried to implement and access the ...
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How to write a shell script to run multiple command in different screen sessions?

My goal is to write a zsh script in order to create multiple screen sessions and run separate commands on each of them. I would also like to check at the beginning of my script if there are any ...
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Display possible corrections but do not apply them automatically

I have the following completion: zstyle ':completion:*' completer _complete _approximate As a result if I type something incorrectly and hit TAB I will see a list with corrected propositions (what ...
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Resolve all aliases in a zsh command line

I have nested aliases and I want to resolve all of them before executing the command. How do I do that? If there is a function that is not bound to any keys then M-x foobar is fine for me too. I ...
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Joining files on disk

Say I have several file with the following naming: 000001 000002 000003 ... Each of these files is a csv file (may include escape characters). In total the folder has ~20GB of data. How can I ...
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Bad substitution error in zsh shell

Hi in my previous question I got clarity on how to use associative arrays in zsh shell. But whenever I trigger the following command in my script for KEY in ${!array[@]} to iterate amongst the keys ...
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Show older or newer history items with the history command in zsh

I typed in the history command and it showed me the last 10 commands executed by me. Now I wanted to see the last 20 commands executed by me so (after reading the documentation): An argument of n ...
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Disable glob qualifiers in zsh

Is there a way to disable glob qualifiers with zsh? It seems like a useful feature, but it gets in the way of normal parentheses. I use ag to search files, and ag mymethod(param) causes zsh to ...
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I have downloaded and un-tarred zsh, what do I do next [duplicate]

I am running Linux Fedora 20, and have downloaded and un-tarred tar -jvxf zshell/zsh-5.0.5.tar.bz2, and now have what looks like the correct directory, as in the following listing which also shows ...
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Persistent directory stacks across sessions in zsh

I would like to share my directory stack (the one accessed with dirs) across sessions and tmux panes/windows. In the zshbuiltins man page I have found autopushd to add every directory I switch into ...
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All directories wrongly identified as git repos in zsh

I am using zsh and Oh-My-Zsh on Ubuntu 14.04. For some reason all directories are indicated to be git repos. This is true for all oh-my-zsh themes, which leads me to believe that this is a zsh issue ...
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How can I suppress the space between generated arguments during brace expansion?

I used the following command to create a list of URLs that I want to test: echo -e ...
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reset for loop counter

Simple question: if I have a for loop (zsh) over an unreliable list, by which I mean the list contains entries that can't be predicted beforehand, then can I reset the for loop counter? This ...
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Must pass urls in quotes

I'm trying pass a URL to mpv for it to play it as a network stream. This can be done in bash with the following syntax: $ mpv http://myvideosite.com However, zsh wants to evaluate the URL as ...
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How to type several file names with fewer key strokes

If I want to convert a pdf to a png image with imagemagick I do something like: convert -trim -density 400 this_is_a_very_long_filename_of_my_pdf_file.pdf ...
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how to filteri by asterisk or similar expression by rsync in zsh

I have a lot of files named like: /var/log/foo/2014-07-06-01.log ... /var/log/foo/2014-07-20-04.log Everyday I have several log files and I want to download specified day's log files: $ rsync ...
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How can I get back into “normal” edit-mode after pressing esc in zsh (vi mode)?

I'm using zsh in vi-mode. When I go to normal mode with ESC and then back into insert mode (for example using i, a or s), the line editor kind of "protects" the part of the line in front of the char, ...
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Is there a way to bypass .zshrc on login?

I'm enjoying learning ZSH, but one thing's bugging me. If I put something in my .zshrc that renders the shell useless (I'm playing with something that affects the way the keyboard is interpreted), ...
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Issue with zsh segfaulting: how to further assess the issue?

I'm using Linux arch 3.15.2-1-ARCH x86_64. I don't use zsh (zsh-5.0.5-1) every day, otherwise I would have noticed it segfaults, when I launch it from the bash cli: arch kernel: zsh[2187]: segfault ...
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Thousands separator in printf in zsh

I have been trying to define a thousands separator in printf for a while now and I have discovered that zsh has some problems with it. In bash I can use something like: $ printf "%'d\n" 1234567890 ...
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zsh completion - show more options than just the alias

I am trying to modify the behaviour of zsh completion and its menus. I'm stuck, and I've read so much documentation it's making my head spin. The following is only an example; I'd prefer answers that ...
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zsh: set TERM=screen-256color in tmux, but xterm-256color without tmux

I need my $TERM to be xterm-256color outside of tmux (in "plain" terminal with zsh), but screen-256color inside tmux. First I tried: add export TERM='xterm-256color' to my ~/.zshrc. add set -g ...
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List directories with dot directories last, then dot files

I'm aware of the ls option --group-directories-first but that's not exactly what I want to achieve. The output should be: (sorted by name ASC) Directories Hidden Directories Hidden Files
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Killing subprocesses after the script has finished or is killed

Say I have a script like the following #!/usr/bin/env zsh ./subscript.sh & # do stuff ... # do more stuff I would like the process running subscript.sh (and any processes initiated by it) to be ...
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How do you “disable” oh-my-zsh (and zsh) without uninstalling it?

I was trying new dev environments including zsh and oh-my-zsh. Now that I have installed oh-my-zsh, it starts by default on my terminals (iTerm2 and terminal) always start with zsh and with the ...
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Command re-assigned

I found a Bash script snippet earlier with which to echo a string to stderr: echoerr() { echo "$@" 1>&2; } echoerr hello world This remained in my clipboard, and when I wanted to edit a file ...
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Serialize shell variable in bash or zsh

Is there any way to serialize a shell variable? Suppose I have a variable $VAR, and I want to be able to save it to a file or whatever, and then read it back later to get the same value back? Is ...
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Can't open shell after changing default shell

I changed my default shell to zsh from bash in Ubuntu. I used the steps explained in http://github.com/sorin-ionescu/prezto and ran chsh -s zsh. After this, I couldn't able to log in to any shell as ...
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How to combine zsh autocomplete for wrapper function arguments and existing command

I work mostly in gvim and many terminals. Originally, I preferred to open all my files in a single vim instance. To that end I used an alias to open files from my terminals in the current 'vim ...
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Making zsh default shell without root access

I am using my school's computers and would like to use zsh instead of bash. I'd like to make it default, but I cannot run a command such as $ chsh -s $(which zsh) because I don't have admin ...