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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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Why do some letters or escape sequences not render correctly in urxvt?

With a special combination of shell (zsh w/ syntax hightlighting), terminal (urxvt) and configuration with Xresources, I noticed a strange issue with font rendering that only seems to occur with some ...
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Comparison of shells? [closed]

Do shells have any actual advantages or disadvantages? They can all run any binary, they all support pipes and > (output to file). Why would one choose bash over sh, or sh over ksh, etc? Why does ...
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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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Gnome-terminal and Zsh: keep current directory on new tab/window

I'm running gnome 3.10.1 on Arch with Zsh. I'm facing that problem that when I create a new tab or window from a terminal window, it resets the current dir to my home dir. I've already tried this: ...
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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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Ctrl + left/right arrow keys issue

After the last system update the ctrl + left/right arrow command on zsh terminal doesn't do anything. Also ctrl+ u has something wrong because usually that command erase from the cursor to the ...
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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/Prezto: difficulties with right prompt alignment

This may be stupidly simple, but... I am trying to make my own prompt for Prezto. I have been using numerous prompts for reference (I can post a list if necessary). My RPROMPT and cursor are refusing ...
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Completion of words on the screen as in VIM (Bash or Tmux)

How can I configure Bash, Zsh or Tmux to complete the last matching identifier on the screen? Consider this common scenario: $ git fetch remote: Counting objects: 16, done. remote: Compressing ...
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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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Remember a half-typed command while I check something

I often find myself in the following position: I've started typing a long command at the bash prompt, but half-way through I find out I need to check something with another command. This is a problem ...
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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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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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Spaces as line breaks from inline for loop command

Someone care to enlighten me as to why the spaces in the first command seem to be interpreted as line breaks? Also occurs substituting print for echo. $for l in $( find *.txt -exec head -1 {} \; ); ...
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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 ...
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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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Double rm verification in zsh

When I do a rm * in zsh, I get something like this: 2014-06-08 10:14:23 $ rm * zsh: sure you want to delete all the files in /home/assay/assay/log [yn]? y rm: remove regular file `development.log'? y ...
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Send copy of a script's output to a file

Say I have a Zsh script and that I would like to let it print output to STDOUT, but also copy (dump) its output to a file in disk. Moreover, the script starts with the following option set -o xtrace ...
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Ruby Version Prompt (Oh My ZSH) not working outside of TMUX

I am working on some Ruby development, and I installed RVM on my Mac. I regularly use TMUX. I have Oh My ZSH configured to show the Ruby version in my prompt. When I am in TMUX it shows my ruby ...
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is there a way to set coloring for cd tab complete?

I use ubuntu 11.04. Is there a way to set coloring for output after tab completion listing of a cd, ls, or etc. ? i.e. myshell@root$ cd ~/user/files/ I hit tab... myfile myfoo mybar <-- this ...
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git completion with zsh: filenames with spaces aren't being escaped properly

Git completion: I'm having difficulty with git's filename autocompletions on my system. I'm using zsh (5.0.5) with git (1.9.3) on OS X (10.9.3). Both zsh and git have been installed via homebrew. ...
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Corrupt files after extracting with Cygwin's GNU tar

I have a bunch of tarball backups which I just restored onto my new Windows 8.1 + Cygwin system using GNU tar: zsh$ for file in **/*.tgz; do tar xvzf $file; done To my surprise a lot of these ...
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Start zsh with a custom zshrc

I want to be able to start zsh with a custom rc file similar to the command: bash --rc-file /path/to/file If this is not possible, then is it possible to start zsh, run source /path/to/file, then ...
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Why does this command to copy files in a for loop work in bash but not in zsh?

I'm trying to copy a bunch of files with the same name, but in different subdirectories, to a single directory, changing the names to ones based on the paths to the original files. I use a for loop ...
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Using a zsh function in find?

I'm on OS X and have defined a function called finderpackage that tries to determine if a folder is in fact a "package" (also, somewhat erroneously, known as a "bundle") according to the Finder. My ...
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zsh completion installations (autojump) - How to use them?

I just installed autojump and have oh-my-zsh installed in my system. I have included the log of the installation at the bottom of this post. Note that at the end it says: zsh completion has been ...
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Path independent shebangs

I have a script that I want to be able to run in two machines. These two machines get copies of the script from the same git repository. The script needs to run with the right interpreter (e.g. zsh). ...
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Globbing fails in zsh, but works in bash

I have an alias in bash, that I'm trying to port over to zsh. I thought it may have been the alias itself, but now it seems it's just the globbing. grep -irl --exclude=\*.{log,class,fuegoclass,dat}* ...
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scp wildcard not working in zsh

I have switched over to zsh, and it is working fine. One strange thing, when I try to scp with a * wildcard, it does not work, and I have to drop into bash. The second command below works fine. Any ...
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zsh completion doesn't correct ? (question mark) in paths

So, I've been pretty happy with my zsh completion and correction configuration for a while now, with this being a major exception. Configured as I have it, the shell routinely catches and corrects ...
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alias vs export for simple commands

For simple commands like less, is it better to make an alias or to export the options? Is there any benefit of one over the other? For example, if I want less to always use the -R option to show raw ...
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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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How do I set Zsh autocompletion rules for second argument (of function) to an existing command's rules?

I have a custom Zsh function g: function g() { # Handle arguments [...] } Within it, I handle short arguments that execute Git commands. For example: g ls # Executes git ls-files ... g g # ...
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autocomplete named directories

Autocompletion of a named directory doesn't seem to work before I use it the first time, as demonstrated by the following session: % setfoo() { foo=/etc; } % setfoo % cd ~fo<Tab> # doesn't ...
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Functions defined in .zshrc not found when running script

I have a function in .zshrc that mostly updates the PATH: my_function() { PATH=... } and some scripts that depend on it, e.g. my_script.sh starts with the following lines: my_function # do ...
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Path variable not being set properly in zsh

For some reason, my $PATH variable is not being set properly which means I can't run a lot of commands I would like to. Here are the relevant lines from my .zshrc file: if [[ -f ~/.profile]]; then ...
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Distributing thousands of files over subfolders

I have a folder A with hundreds of thousands of files. I would like to move these files to new subfolders S_i, with, say, 100 files in each (the last folder may have less than 100 files) In other ...
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Zsh completion of brew formulas

In OS X, is there any way to have Zsh (I'm using Oh-my-zsh) tab-complete formulas? E.g. $ brew install em<TAB> could expand to: $ brew install emacs
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ZSH host name completion behaviour change?

I have been using ZSH to do host name completion, and want to change the default behaviour. When I have multiple hosts with similar names, the completion does stuff that I don't care for. An example ...
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How to disable “auto cd” in zsh with oh-my-zsh

Googling this didn't show up any results. Here's what I mean: I have a binary file named x in my path (not the current folder, but it is in the PATH), and also a folder with the same name in the ...
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Can't open vim in zsh? [closed]

I recently decided to try out zsh, but for some reason I cannot open Vim in a zsh shell. Currently, my default shell is bash. If I open up a terminal window, then run zsh to enter a zsh shell, I have ...
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What's the newline symbol in zsh's PS1?

I'm trying to setup a multiple line PS1, for zsh, but \n doesn't was parsed by zsh, PS1="%~\n %> " How should I set it up?