Zsh is a shell with many advanced command-line and scripting features.

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Elegant way to prevent command substitution from removing trailing newline

I'm customizing my zsh PROMPT and calling a function that may or may not echo a string based on the state of an environment variable: function my_info { [[ -n "$ENV_VAR"]] && echo "Some ...
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Read a line with default input in zsh

This function can be used to help user input a modification of some text. function change { bash -c "read -ei \"$1\" temp && echo \$temp" } What is idiomatic zsh way to do something ...
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Renaming files in lexicographical order with a numerical pattern that increases sequentially with fixed padding

I have files such as a bb ccc abc emrls I would like to rename them so that, after sorting them (for example, lexicographically), each file gets the following name: 00001 00002 00003 etc where ...
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Change font in echo command

Is it possible to change the font attributes of the output of echo in either zsh or bash? What I would like is something akin to: echo -n "This is the font: normal " echo -n $font=italic "italic," ...
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Split shell horizontally to show ls -al and pwd

I use zsh as my default shell on OSX. I would like for my shell to always have a horizontal split showing pwd and ls of the current directory I'm in. How do I go about it ?
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Passing named arguments to shell scripts

Is there any easy way to pass (receive) named parameters to a shell script? For example, my_script -p_out '/some/path' -arg_1 '5' And inside my_script.sh receive them as: # I believe this ...
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Zsh: Expanding hashed directory names in prompt

I am experimenting with moving from bash to zsh, and in particular with the hash function; so that hash -d Do=~/Downloads means I can enter cd Do to move immediately to that directory. Nice. But ...
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zsh git command auto-complete add extra origin to the git branch name

After I clone a git repository locally, I want to switch branch to, says, 'ABCD'. $ git branch -a * master remotes/origin/ABCD remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master remotes/origin/master $ ...
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What's the magic that allows me to tab-complete remote files as I type an scp command?

Presumably this is a feature provided by some plugin I have enabled in my oh-my-zsh setup (I have been using zsh for many years now). I noticed ever since I added my public key to the server (now I ...
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Cannot get interface information using read

The following link has a script to get system information: z3bra' blog Specifically, network() { read lo int1 int2 <<< `ip link | sed -n 's/^[0-9]: \(.*\):.*$/\1/p'` if iwconfig ...
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Reliably identifying the path to the directory containing the running script

There are plenty of answers in SO to address this question: Can a Bash script tell what directory it's stored in? Unix shell script to find out which directory the script resides? And there are a ...
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A generic cron wrapper that records all output

I am hoping to write a cron wrapper that records all output in a folder $CRON_LOG_DIR. It would be used as, e.g., follows: * * * * * $CRON_WRAPPER "<job name>" "command" which would record ...
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Remove all but one ( or more ) kind of filetype

I've been trying to find a command to remove all files in a folder but not a kind of filetype. But I seems to not have any luck. What I've tried so far : set extended_glob rm !(*.dmg) # this returns ...
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How to solve nsf-common related error when install zsh in ubuntu?

Everytime I install some kind of package, at the last phase, apt-get install could return a common-nfs related error. Why the installation can't be done without this error? detailed pastebin here ...
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Clustering identical files ignoring spaces & linebreaks

Consider a folder with many XML files (10K small text files). Some XML files are identical, some are different. I would like to find out what files are identical (ignoring whitespaces, tabs and ...
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zsh alias with linefeeds, commas and quotes

In my zshrc I have an alias like this: alias sl='screen -list' It fits my need (seeing what screens I have running), but the output is rather ugly: [pts/7]~% sl There are screens on: ...
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How to kill a bunch of jobs based on ps output?

Here is output from ps: $ ps aux | grep blob ubuntu 4286 0.0 0.1 34748 9592 ? S Jan14 0:00 /usr/bin/python /usr/local/bin/pynt start_blob_reader ubuntu 4287 0.0 0.1 34748 ...
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Replace screen process from within screen

I have configured my shell to exec screen when it starts, unless it's already running within a screen session. So in a TTY, the process tree will look like something like this: ...
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Is it recommended to use zsh instead of bash scripts?

Can I assume that enough people have zsh installed to run scripts with a #!/usr/bin/env zsh as shebang? Or will this make my scripts un-runnable on too many systems? Clarification: I’m interested ...
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Best way to kill processes in a list

I've got this zsh script. Is there a more a graceful way to do this? export PROCESSES_TO_QUIT='puma rake sidekiq spring rails ruby-debug phantomjs zeus passenger guard resque "node server.js"' pgr() ...
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echo result from subshell in zsh

In zsh, the following 2 commands results differently: a=$(</etc/hosts) && echo $a echo $(</etc/hosts) The 1st prints contents line by line, while the 2nd prints contents as a whole in ...
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Does zsh expansion work differently in non-interactive scripts?

I'm currently working on a pretty simple zsh script. What I often do is something like: mv */*.{a,b} . When I run that within a zsh script, it seems to expand differently and fail while it works in ...
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zmv for zsh: Dry runs and man pages

I've heard great things about zmv in zsh, and would love to really learn to use it. However, I am still relatively unexperienced in zsh, and have some basic questions: Is there is a man page for zmv ...
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read command in zsh throws error

In zsh, running the command read -p 'erasing all directories (y/n) ?' ans, throws the error, read: -p: no coprocess But in bash, it prints a prompt. How do I do this in zsh?
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Why does exporting vim as EDITOR in zsh disable keyboard shortcuts?

My .zshrc looks like this: export EDITOR="/usr/bin/vim" Now when I open a terminal and enter a keyboard shortcut like ctrla to go to the beginning of the line, it doesn't work. Instead, the string ...
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Vim and unified diffs

In my daily work, I only deal with unified diffs, so I would like to define the alias alias diff='diff -puN' in my .zshrc. This alias is not respected when I use the shell from the vim command ...
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zsh case-insensitive mid-word completion

I have the following in my .zshrc for case-insensitive tab completion. I encountered a situation where the tab completion fails, and I can't figure out why. autoload -U compinit && compinit ...
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Is there a nice way to set directory/project local environment variables?

I have been working on several projects, and they require different environment variables (e.g., PATH for different versions of clang executables, PYTHONPATH for several external modules). Whenever I ...
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autocomplete weirdness as a result of ugly hack for zsh prompt

I currently have the following line in my .zshrc: export PROMPT=$(printf "\e[38;5;6m")%m$(printf "\e[m")%d-%h:" " Which is supposed to show the hostname in blue and history and current working ...
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Echo command with AND operator doesn't exit

echo hai && echo bye prints hai bye while echo hai && echo $? prints hai 0 When the first echo command's return value is 0, how does the echo statement after AND operator ...
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What features are in zsh and missing from bash, or vice versa?

As a Linux user, I've always just used bash because it was the default on every distro I used. People using other Unix systems such as BSD seem to use other shells far more frequently. In the ...
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zsh keeps forgetting PATH vars

I'm using [oh-my-zsh] in iTerm on MacBook running Mavericks. I have iTerm set to source my .zsh file on load, and mostly that works. cd && source .zsh Except when it doesn't. Sometimes, ...
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Shell glob - substitute file path arg with file's contents

In curl command, there is --data option, which substitutes the file contents when the option value is prefixed by @ symbol like, curl -X POST --data @abc.json hostaddr.com abc.json file contents ...
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How can a zsh script test whether it is being sourced?

The accepted answer for a similar question for bash does not seem to work for zsh. In fact, if I copy basically the same code given in that answer, to produce the script #!/usr/bin/zsh - # test.sh ...
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Bash long string, no word splitting?

I want to tidy up some script with long commands, so that for example: { somecheck || somecomand "reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreallylongstring" } &> /dev/null & becomes something like: ...
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zsh parse error after alias do=…

I have the following .zshrc file in my home directory: # modify the prompt to contain git branch name if applicable git_prompt_info() { current_branch=$(git current-branch 2> /dev/null) if [[ ...
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How can I use !! in zsh alias

I am trying to create an alias that builds upon my previous command. Say I run ag foo After looking at the list I want to be able to use those results in vim so I do vim -q<(!! --vimgrep) The ...
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Asynchronous RPROMPT?

A friend of mine posted this on StackOverflow, and I thought we might be more likely to get an answer here. His post refers to speed, but we now know that the python script we are using to parse git ...
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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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How to make zsh correct remember my decision

I have enabled correction (I wouldn't call it autocorrection specifically because of this issue) in zsh by enabling setopt correct in my .zshrc. Now, when I type dtae in a terminal, I get: dtae ...
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What does $'text' do exactly in Bash? Can it be used in Zsh?

I recently run into the following proposed solution: cat results.csv | tr $'\x01' \\t > result.csv to convert a malformed csv file (one that uses \x01 unicode as a separator) into a correct one. ...
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Making zsh filename completion case-insensitive everywhere

I have the following line in my zshrc to make filename completions case-insensitive: zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list 'm:{a-zA-Z}={A-Za-z}' This works most of the time but I’ve noticed that if I ...
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alias -g '${1+“$@”}'='“$@”', what does it do?

Most makefile have this strange set of symbols '${1+"$@"}'. $@ is the makefile target filename. But why does, people try to use the complex symbol like '${1+"$@"}'?
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Coming back to a command I have partially written [duplicate]

Often I find myself partway through writing a long command (or chain of commands) and realise I need to run another command before I can finish typing out this current one. Examples Sometimes, I... ...
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How to cd automatically after git clone?

I want to automatically cd to the directory created by the clone command after I git cloned something. That is, without writing anything additional just git clone $url that the shell will somehow ...
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Why ZSH ends a line with a highlighted percent symbol?

I've noticed this on occasion with a variety of applications. I've often thought it was because the output was cancelled early (ctrl+c, for example) or something similar, and zsh is filling in a new ...
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Is it possible to include file in config file of zsh? How?

I'd like to have a file eg. f with only zsh aliases (pureness reasons). Then I'd like to include f file in my .zshrc file, so that the aliases defined in f are visible in .zshrc. Is it possible? If ...
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tmux exits abruptly right after loading

I just compiled my own version of tmux with libevent. Whenever I run tmux from zsh, tmux starts, but exits quickly returning [exited]. I read here that the problem could be my configuration for ...
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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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Why does brace expansion range use two dots instead of three (ellipsis)?

I finally understood/discovered why I never got to using bash's (and also zsh's) brace expansion range properly: the syntax is {1..10} instead of what I assumed to be an ellipsis, i.e. {1...10}. May ...