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zsh prompt not escaped properly

This is my current prompt definition: PROMPT='%(?..%F{red}%?%f:)%F{blue}%n%f:%F{green}%{${PWD/#$HOME/~}%} %(!.%F{red}.%f)%# %f' The cursor sometimes starts one character behind the actual prompt, ...
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Bash Auto-Completion feature for SSHing into Different Hosts

I have big list of servers which I normally ssh to all the time. Is there any way using bash or zsh so that I can keep the list of hostname and bash auto-completion goes through the file and gives me ...
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ESC-q doesn't work in tmux with zsh

The title says it all. I use Escq a lot (stashing the current line while I execute another command), and it works fine with Gnome Terminal 3.6.0 + zsh. However, if I start tmux, then it stops working: ...
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Stop tab completion suggesting 'messagebus'

I've got a directory called build, which I cd into quite a bit. If there isn't any directory bu* in the current directory, zsh tab completion: cd buTAB suggests messagebus/, which isn't in .. If I ...
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Inhibit Variable Expansion in Paths

How do I prevent Zshell (and Bash I assume) from expanding environment variables in paths be completed as shown in the following example: $PREFIX/alt/li should expand to $PREFIX/alt/lib and not ...
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Asking ls to only list files in a path that match a specific glob/regex

In Zsh: Is there a way to use ls to only list files and folders in the current directory that match a specific globbing or regex pattern? For example, say I have multiple files that start with the ...
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Change completion behaviour with brace expansion in zsh

I have got used to using tab-autocompleting inside braces without expanding in zsh. This was possible, while I used zsh with a basic grml-config. Since I migrated to oh-my-zsh, I can't reproduce this ...
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/long/path/to/{multiple, files} syntax? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quick way to include a directory path when calling mv? Is there any way in bash to type a path once, and then reference several files at once? Here's what I do now: ...
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modifying the zsh shell word split

I am using the word split style shell (select-word-style shell). I like it in general but would like to split at forward slashes also, so that when I go forward/backward a word, if the word doesn't ...
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List X random files from a directory

Is there a way to list a set of say, 30 random files from a directory using standard Linux commands? (in zsh) The top answer described here does not work for me (sort does not recognize the option -R)...
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Fixing scrolling in nano running in tmux in mate-terminal

The problem: I open a terminal (in Linux Mint, so mate-terminal) zsh is the shell Then I run tmux Edit a file with nano Scroll up and down that file with the cursor Issue: When scrolling down in ...
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How can I run a command in zsh without pushing it onto the current session's history? [duplicate]

Both bash and zsh support a shorthand of not placing a command in history if you prepend it with a space. This works great across sessions (if you've setopt histignorespace). However, the command is ...
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Piping paths with different types of quotes for slash substitution

I would like to use sed to convert a path with backslashes to the same path with forward slashes: E.g. I would like to pipe \\path\to\file\ and obtain /path/to/file None of the following commands ...
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What does zsh's magic-space command do?

I found the following command in my .zshrc, probably copied from some website: bindkey " " magic-space # do history expansion on space The manpages are about as helpful as the very succinct comment:...
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How to set bash to run *.exe with mono?

Without any DE or even X, I want to use ./my.exe to run mono my.exe, like it works with python scripts.
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Script failing with “command not found: ^M”

When I try to run the following script in zsh, via the command /bin/zsh ~/.set_color_scheme.sh I get the following error: command not found: ^M The script has u+x permissions and it used to work on ...
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Installing a shell (e.g. zsh) without being system admistrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how can I use bash as my login shell when my sysadmin refuses to let me change it Say I have rwx permissions to a directory (my home directory). Can I install a shell (e.g. ...
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Fastest way to open all files in a directory with multiple file extensions on commandline

If I want to open all mp4 files in a directory, I can simply do something like totem *.mp4. But how can I open all mp4 and all flv files in that directory with one command. I.e. I want to do something ...
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Executing a script in zsh - file permissions

I'm confused about execute file permissions not behaving as I expect. Probably because my expectations are wrong. Anyway: I have a script file, for simplicity is just called s, located in ~/bin. For ...
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export PATH only once per login in zsh

I need to alter my PATH variable so I put export PATH=$PATH:somedir in my $HOME/.profile which is sourced by my $HOME/.zshrc. This works, yet whenever I open a new terminal (urxvt in X11), .zshrc ...
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Can I make `rm` interactive only when using globbing? (in either bash or zsh or both)

Whenever I rm multiple items at once with shell globbing and there's even the slightest possibility that the pattern expands to more than I expect it to, I always try to remember to add -i, but (of ...
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Zsh: Automatically modify executed command

I've recently installed grc (generic colorizer) to my system via MacPorts, giving me the ability to get colorized output for plenty of commands which by default don't support it (see screenshot below)....
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ZSH, vcs_info, Mercurial, and Trac: weird branch and revision

I'm using zsh with vcs_info and it works nicely except when browsing a repo which is set up for Trac/Mercurial. Specifically, the hgrc for the repo has the following line in [hooks]: changegroup = ...
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Do shells support recursion?

I'm trying to write recursive functions in my shell scripts. Consider the following code: function printA { if [[ "$1" = 0 ]]; then return else echo "a$(printA $(("$1" - 1)))" ...
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Executing zsh rehash after build

I have a build script that can change what binaries are in my $PATH (it doesn't edit $PATH itself, but it adds/deletes files to folders that are already in $PATH). zsh's autocompletion doesn't update ...
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gvim pipes not reading zshrc when started from desktop

I'm using zsh as my default shell and using .zshrc to modify my environment variables. When I start gvim from terminal everything is fine however if I start gvim with the desktop icon, my env ...
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oh-my-zsh completion on home directory names

I recently switched to zsh from bash, and I'm using oh-my-zsh. There's a completion behaviour I don't want: in any directory, the list of autocompletion candidates seems to include the names of all ...
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zsh notification of email (in maildir)

How can I modify the following so that it reads maildir and not just mailbox format? typeset -a mailpath for i in ~/Mail/Lists/*(.); do mailpath[$#mailpath+1]="${i}?You have new mail in ${i:t}." ...
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Colors not rendered correctly in oh-my-zsh themes

I'm trying to use colors in oh-my-zsh themes. It works fine on my home computer (ubuntu), but in a work computer (Scientific Linux i.e. Enterprise linux) the prompt colors are actually spelled out. ...
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zsh delete part of the prompt

When I use reverse history search, then it "eats" a part of my prompt. Sometimes when I type a long command which spans to multi lines, my prompt is also lost. Have anyone experience this situation? ...
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How do I perform a reverse history search in ZSH's vi-mode?

I use vim for essentially all my editing needs, so I decided to once again try vi-mode for my shell (currently ZSH w/ oh-my-zsh on OS X), but I find myself trying (and failing) to use Ctrl-R ...
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In zsh, difference between cat <(cat) vs cat | cat vs cat =(cat)?

As a zsh/process substitution noob, I expected cat <(cat) and cat | cat to do the same thing: copy lines from stdin to stdout. My understanding was that both would execute a cat in a subshell, ...
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Completing avfs fake directories in zsh

How can I tweak zsh's completion system to complete “fake” files in some circumstances? More precisely, the AVFS filesystem exposes archives as directories by creating a “fake directory” next to ...
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How to list all styles in zsh

How an I list all of the styles defined in a zsh session using the zstyle command? I would like to know this so I know what configuration options are available to me.
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Is there a (preferably non-kludgey) way to avoid spelling corrections when using zsh's `mv` command

Although I love zsh, and find its spelling correction useful, it is annoying that it corrects things that obviously should not be corrected. For instance, I just executed mv iso_ iso and it ...
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Start new application instance instead of continuing a suspended one

If i for example start top. suspend it with Ctrl+Z, then enter top again the previously started instance will be continued in the foreground. How can i avoid this behaviour and just start a new ...
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Restoring an option at the end of a function in zsh

I'm writing a zsh shell function (as opposed to a script) where I would really like the extended_glob option to be enabled. But since the function runs in the caller's context, I don't want to clobber ...
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Ksh features incorporated into Zsh?

I have been a user of Bash for some time. I want to learn at least one other shell now, so I have been picking up the Korn Shell. However, it doesn't look like Ksh has had major updates for almost ...
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How to find/correct error in a path

It's often that a long path is mistyped or you get a log file entry that a path does not exist. Is there a command or shell function that navigates the path hierarchy until it finds a matching path? ...
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Having tmux load by default when a zsh terminal is launched

My current workflow is: CTRL+SHIFT+T to launch a new terminal window. That starts a new zsh terminal. Type tmux to start tmux. How can I have tmux load by default with a new terminal window?
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prepend digit to filenames which begin with digits (with zmv, please)

I have a directory with files named like 19.png, 20.jpeg, and README00.txt I want to rename these to 119.png, 120.jpeg, and README00.txt. I would like to do this with zmv as it works well in so many ...
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Shell Script for going through a dir recursively and chmodding based on conditions of file type

Can anyone point me to either code or a tutorial for writing a shell script that can recursively go through an entire directory structure (starting at the current working directory, or given an ...
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Reevaluate the prompt expression each time a prompt is displayed in zsh

I'm adjusting my zsh prompt, based upon the dallas theme and the dstufft theme from oh-my-zsh. I love how dallas has various sections of the prompt contained in variables, which makes it much easier ...
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Checking existence of file with underscore in file name in zsh

I am writing a very simple script which will link shared configuration files. For some reason it does not behave as i expected for file with underscore in name. Does _ (underscore) means something ...
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Zsh - alias -s with parameter

In zsh, I can specify default program to open which file extension like alias -s {mkv,mpg}='mplayer' . I runs fine but what I really want is to run mplayer <filename> & so it won't produce ...
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Running chsh does not change shell

I want to change my shell from bash to zsh. I have tried running the following while logged in as user zol: $ chsh -s /bin/zsh $ sudo chsh -s /bin/zsh zol $ su -c 'chsh -s /bin/zsh zol' # The above ...
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How to stop appearance of ^T% in the first line when I open a new lxterminal tab with ^T in zsh?

Steps to reproduce: Have zsh as default shell. Open a new terminal. for example, with Ctrl+Alt+T. Press Ctrl+Shift+T to open a new terminal tab. ^T% appears as the first line I'm running ubuntu 11....
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Cancel zsh tab completion

Is there a way to cancel a completion once it has been started? I sometimes foolishly press tab to autocomplete make targets (only from sheer indolence) and then end up having to wait for a longer ...
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zsh !! and !$ auto execute as it does in bash

I recently made the switch from bash to zsh. I discovered two minuscule issues and differences between zsh and bash. I was slightly disappointed when my favorite two shortcuts !! & !$ don't behave ...
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Weird zsh grep -P behaviour

I connect to server with PuTTY from Windows. I have a long yet not touched (I suppose) by hands of local admin config: $ cat /opt/jira/.subversion/config ... ### must be enabled, which is ...