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

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How can I expand all variables at the command line in Zsh?

In an earlier question, specific to bash, I asked How can I expand a relative path at the command line, with tab completion? I liked @Mikel's answer that mentioned using Ctrl+Alt+e to expand all ...
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Update process name in shell, is it possible?

In C/C++ it is in general possible to do strcpy(argv[0], "new process name"). It's a hack used in malicous software to hide real process name. Is such operation possible via shell? What I want to do ...
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Export multiple options in $GREP_OPTIONS

I use ZSH with "OH MY ZSH". In "OH MY ZSH" variable $GREP_OPTIONS exports with multiple value: $ echo $GREP_OPTIONS --color=auto --exclude-dir=.cvs --exclude-dir=.git --exclude-dir=.hg ...
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How to read from a named pipe after the writer process exits?

I want to use named pipes as asynchrnonous task queues (JMS-like, perhaps). For example, suppose a client sends some data that I wish to insert into a database, but I want the client to disconnect ...
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How to silently get an empty string from a glob pattern with no matches

Say I have a folder with three files: foo1 foo2 bar 1. If I run list_of_files=$(print foo*) echo $list_of_files I get: foo1 foo2 2. If I run list_of_files=$(print bar*) echo $list_of_files ...
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How to show gemset in ZSH-prompt if rvmrc is used?

There are several ZSH themes that presents the gemset in the prompt by calling "rvm-prompt". For example, the "gallois" theme: example My question is if it is possible to only show this if the ...
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autojump : favor folders that share the most parents with current directory

Say I have following folders hierarchies : /home/kray/virtualenv/dev1/myproj/bin /home/kray/virtualenv/dev2/myproj/bin And i type in a console: $ pwd ...
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oh-my-zsh style completion for directory/file paths without oh my zsh

I had oh-my-zsh installed for a while, and I could type a full path using only one letter, then press tab to case-insensitively autocomplete the whole thing. For example, if I had a file at ...
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Map Return with no other input to an alias

I would like to use Return with no other input to run an aliased command in the shell. Is this possible in Bash or Zsh? In other words, when I enter an empty command line, I want to run one specific ...
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How to sort filenames with spaces in them and concatenate the files?

I have the misfortune of dealing with filenames that contain spaces. I want to concatenate files of which filenames contain spaces. I also want to sort the filenames numerically. Obviously the ...
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Incrementing/decrementing a number in a file from a ( zsh ) script

From a script ( running multiple times simultaneously ), I would like create a file something like: echo "0" > /tmp/count Then I would like to do three functions. incr /tmp/count decr ...
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python error using an executable with Z shell

I'm getting this error from the Unix Z shell (I'm on Mac): python: posix_spawn: /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Resources/Python.app/Contents/MacOS/Python: No such file or ...
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Shell/Bash script: Properly drop privileges

Okay, first of all, I know this question has been asked a few times here, but the answers given did not entirely satisfy me. The situation is the following: I have written many scripts to automate ...
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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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zsh function output removes leading whitespace

Consider the following two commands and their outcome: 14:57 : echo $(echo " ABC") ABC 14:57 : echo " ABC" ABC Version of zsh: zsh 5.0.5 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.0) Why does the first one ...
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How to print the code of a shell function in terminal?

I am using zsh and I have defined few utility shell function in some shell scripts, few of them called from ~/.zshrc, so let's assume that the we don't know the location of these functions. One ...
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How to see manpage of previous command?

For example if I did a curl -F 'clbin=@some-image.jpg' https://clbin.com. How do I man curl easily?
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Powerline bash prompt not colorized in tmux

The bash/zsh commandline prompt is not displaying colors in tmux, even though I managed to get the powerline itself working (with colors). The prompt works fine in pure bash/zsh. I am getting the ...
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zsh doesn't work correctly in Mint

I successfully installed zsh, change config on my old, but it's not working properly. I don't know how this feature calls. When i write something - sudo for instance, and press ↑ (arrow up) it ...
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Key to comment out the current line and keep editing it in zsh

On Bash I was using ESC # after Ctrl+R to prefix a # to the found line and keep it in the terminal, something similar for zsh?
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Sourcing files in ZSH doesn't work

Because my .zshrc got quite big I chose to just source other files, but I encounter some errors after logging in to ssh now: /home/rob1nn/.r_inc/exports:13: parse error near `\n' ...
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Clear or disable aliases in zsh

I installed oh-my-zsh to make terminal use a bit easier. One thing that bugs me though is the prolific aliases added by it, like "ga", "gap", "gcmsg", "_", which are harder to remember than the ...
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Zsh theme guides [closed]

Does anyone know good tutorials (or books) for what goes into writing a theme?
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make my zsh prompt show mode in vi mode

I use bindkey -v (for bash-ers set -o vi I think that works in zsh too) or vi(m) mode. but it bugs me that I don't have any visual cue to tell me whether I'm in insert mode or command mode. Does ...
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What is '“^[b” backward-word' When trying to configure ZSH?

I am on a MAC, and I am trying to figure out shortcuts for my ZSH running on Iterm2. When I type bindkey in the shell, I see (among other mappings), the following: "^[b" backward-word "^[f" ...
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preventing the screen from being cleared when exiting an ssh session

I have rdist set up to push out some of my dot files to all the remote machines that I need to ssh into. I also have zsh as my default shell on all of those machines. When I ssh into a machine and ...
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Installing oh-my-zsh without git

How can I install oh-my-zsh from master on the machine behind firewall and without git and internet access?
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Share aliases and PATH setting between zsh and bash

The shell that I normally use is zsh. I have several aliases to enable color in some programs such as ls and grep. I've also set my custom path so that I can execute programs in non-standard place ...
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Extending history search in zsh

How to extend Ctrl+R search in zsh? It cannot find entry despite it is in history file. Edit: My .zshrc: setopt AUTO_CD setopt CORRECT_ALL setopt EXTENDED_GLOB # History SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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Precedence of && vs & in bash and zsh

Answering this question I discovered a very funny (and subtle) difference between behavior in bash and zsh: In bash: romano@RRyS:~$ pwd /home/romano romano@RRyS:~$ alias x="cd /bin && ...
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Aliasing 'python' to 'ipython' only when 'python' is run without args

I thought it would be nice to have an alias (in ~/.zshrc) to have 'python' aliased to 'ipython' ONLY when 'python' is run without args (otherwise, programs won't launch). First of all, how to express ...
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Stop zsh from completing parent directories

I am using zsh with grml's zshrc as a base. As part of my work I access network path regulary (e.g NFS. AFS.) If I write /a/long/network/path/on/the/other/side/of/the/world press TAB twice it is ...
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history - bash, dash, zsh and .profile [duplicate]

For a long time I have been wondering about the existence of many shells in GNU/Linux. To make the question a bit focused I have used only three shells - bash, dash and zsh. From wikipedia articles ...
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Read first line of a command's output. Command connects me to a remote terminal

Part 1 Say I have a command my_command that outputs multiple lines. I would like to capture the first line of my_command's output as soon as it's ready in a script, while keeping my_command ...
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Where are zsh and mksh incompatible with bash?

To what extent can other POSIX-compatible shells function as reasonable replacements for bash? They don't need to be true "drop-in" replacements, but close enough to work with most scripts and support ...
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How can I keep the trailing slash after choosing a directory from the zsh completion options?

In zsh, when I press tab 2 times to enter the "completion menu", select a directory and press enter, it first adds the chosen directory with a trailing slash to the command, but as soon as I press ...
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JSON parsing on the shell

How can I parse JSON output on the shell? For example, Amazon Web Services provides a CLI to retrieve the status of your instances: $ aws ec2 describe-instances <my_instance_id> But the ...
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zparseopts with associative array in older version of zsh

I am confused by the differing behavior of zparseopts in two different versions of zsh. Basically I am trying to set a list of default option values in an associative array and overwrite these ...
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Apply parameter expansion flags to string or array literal in zsh

Sometimes I'd like to apply parameter expansion flags to a string or array literal in zsh. As an example use case, say that I want to split some comma-delimited string $arglist on commas, but prepend ...
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Rebuild auto-complete index (or whatever it's called) and binaries in $PATH cache in zsh

After installing new software, an already opened terminal with zsh won't know about the new commands and cannot generate auto-complete for those. Apparently opening a new terminal fix the problem, but ...
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In zsh how to set an alias for `less` to get stderr output?

I find that there is a "global alias" for zsh. so when I set alias -g L='| less' command L will be replaced with command | less. But it seems that it cannot work with stderr output when I set ...
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I ran `zsh -v` and now I have no shell history [closed]

I just installed zsh today to try it out. I was trying to check my zsh version and I accidentally entered zsh -v which is the verbose option. Now I can't seem to use reverse search on history. How ...
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Sorting strings with ANSI escape codes

I am trying to print a sorted list of all zsh options, with set options colored green and unset options colored red. I cannot get sort to work properly with on the colored lines though.The below ...
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colors not being expanded in zsh print -P

I have a zsh prompt script that uses print -P to perform prompt expansion. The script does not work properly on a particular remote system that I ssh into. The color directives in the prompt print ...
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Howto include output of a script into the zsh prompt

I would like to add the output of a Python script into my zsh prompt but I am not sure how to do it? Is this done by what is called "PROMPT EXPANSION" in the man pages? Please someone set me on the ...
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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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Neither `less` or `less -X` clear screen on exit

Neither less or less -X clear screen on exit. At the same time, vim does.... Env iTerm2, protocol mosh, server Centos + tmux + zsh iTerm2: report term as xterm-256color tmux: set -g ...
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How do I switch from bash to zsh? [duplicate]

I can start zsh with zsh. How can I make it be the default for new terminal windows? Will it be ok to copy my .bashrc to .zshrc to get things like my customized PS1 prompt.
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open tab in gnome-terminal

I ran gnome-terminal --working-directory=$DIR but it opens in a new window, not tab. Things I've tried: --tab -T --add-tab Running RHEL5 with zsh
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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 ...