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

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How can I search history with what is already entered at the prompt in zsh?

In zsh, I know that I can search history with Ctrl+r. However, oftentimes I start to type a command directly at the prompt, but then realize I should be searching history. When I hit Ctrl+r, it brings ...
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How can I use the output of a command without using the mouse?

Imagine you issued a find command and now you want to use one line of the resulting output as an argument. $ find .. fileA fileB $ vi <CURSOR> # now do what to achive: $ vi fileB ...
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Alternative for 'select choice in' in ZSH script? [on hold]

I need to use a shell script in my ZSH terminal. The script was written for bash, and uses select choice in/do. This script sets environment variables, so it needs to be run by calling source ...
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zsh fails at path completition when command is vim

When I try to autocomplete files (with vim as argument 0): vim ~/.conf <TAB> It shows: _arguments:450: _vim_files: function definition file not found _arguments:450: _vim_files: function ...
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Relationship between zsh custom completion script and compsys/zstyle configuration

I have written a simple completion script for a command cheat so that when using cheat at a prompt zsh will autocomplete arguments. (obviously) this needed to be setup in a compinit / compsys ...
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How can I use a key other than <ENTER> to exit zsh's completion menu/widget?

Like alot of zsh users I have completion configured so that when I am at a command prompt and I invoke completion a menu appears that can be navigated with the directional arrow keys. i.e. in my ...
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Are there problems with hyphens in functions, aliases, and executables?

In my testing (in Bash and Z Shell), I saw no problems with defining functions or aliases or executable shell scripts which have hyphens in the name, but I'm not confident that this will be okay in ...
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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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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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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 I get zsh to include the directory stack in tab completion for tilde (~)?

I have autocd, autopushd and pushdminus enabled. When I try tab completion with ~: $ ~<Tab> avahi ftp mail redsocks systemd-coredump systemd-timesync bin gdm nm-openvpn ...
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Problem with understanding keys bindings

I have a settings and a zsh session ~ bindkey | grep help "^[H" run-help "^[h" run-help Why when i press "Control + [ + h" word under cursor removes and nothing happens, but if i press "Alt + ...
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alias ? not working in zsh

I was lead to believe that there were no differences between aliases in zsh and bash, however that appears to not be the case. I had an alias that would help me familiarize myself with the command ...
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Can I selectively disable zsh completions?

I'm using prezto with zsh, and find it a little slow to launch a new shell. (N.B. I'm attempting to optimise on a fast-ish system, before moving my configuration to other, slower systems.) ...
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zsh: menu completion for glob

In zsh, if I type vim *.txt then Tab, it expands to vim f1.txt f2.txt f3.txt. How can I make it show a completion menu listing files matching the pattern, so I can select a single file?
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Find not working

The find command is not working as expected on my OSX with oh-my-zsh. A few examples: $ find . -name test find: .: Invalid argument $ find usage: find [-H | -L | -P] [-EXdsx] [-f path] path ... ...
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zsh: excluding files from a pattern

Say I have the following files: |-- bar `-- foo |-- type_A_1 |-- type_A_2 |-- type_B_1 |-- type_B_2 |-- type_B_xx |-- type_B_xx `-- something_else I thought the ...
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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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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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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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How can I get a persistent dirstack with unique entries in zsh?

The Arch Wiki has this interesting bit of zsh configuration: DIRSTACKFILE="$HOME/.cache/zsh/dirs" if [[ -f $DIRSTACKFILE ]] && [[ $#dirstack -eq 0 ]]; then dirstack=( ${(f)"$(< ...
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Disable Oh-My-ZSH Completion of Beginning of Filename

I'm starting to use the directory stack in ZSH, but I've run into a problem. In an ideal directory, typing cd -<TAB> gives me the output of dirs -v. However, in some others (i.e. my Downloads ...
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Directory stack order discrepancy in zsh

I am working on Zsh 5.0.2 (latest stable version), and I noticed that: dirs -v and cd -<TAB> show a different list of directories (or at least directories in different order). Moreover, ...
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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. Important: I don't want to alter the syntax for the command (e.g. use an alias/function) because ...
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Standard/canonical way to test whether foregoing pipeline produced output?

The situation I have in mind has the following structure: % some_command | [PRODUCED OUTPUT] || echo 'no output' >&2 Here [PRODUCED OUTPUT] stands for some as-yet-unspecified testing ...
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Why does this ffmpeg command work in bash and not zsh?

Today I got home from work (run bash on an Ubuntu box) and tried to run some code on my local arch box with my beloved zsh and the commands were failing? The command is below with the personal info ...
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Issue in activating environment on UAT server

I was working on a script that logs in to UAT server, reroute to necessary folder and activates the virtual environment. Following is the script: function gotouat(){ branch=`getBranchName`; ...
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Per-directory history in zsh

I am happily using zsh since a while now, and I am quite satisfied with my history settings, which are: # Write to history immediately setopt inc_append_history # History shared among terminals ...
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Execute a command in zsh vim mode

In zsh in vim mode, I write something foo foo bar bar Then I hit Esc to go in normal mode and type : foo foo bar bar execute: _ Then, I assume I can do that, I want to search and replace bar ...
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All files in a directory that do not end in a specific string?

I want to find all text files in a directory that do not end with the string: hello world How can I do this?
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PATH not getting exported from ~/.profile until manually sourced

I am trying to modify my PATH in ~/.profile: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/jdk1.8/bin echo "Path is exported." I will always login via SSH so that's why I have it in ~/.profile. I am using zsh (oh-my-zsh) ...
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Specifying numeric ranges in zsh history

According to the docs I can tell the zsh history to print lines in a range. The docs say "history [first [last]]" I've tried "history a b" but that gives a too many arguments error. I've also tried ...
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Prompt: replace custom path with a short word like ~ for home

When I call cd /Users/mu3/apps the prompt simplifies it like this: mu3 [~/apps]: Is this possible to do the same for custom path like cd /Users/mu3/Development/Web/test: mu3 [DEV/test]: I'm ...
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How to store the printout of the last command in a shell variable in urxvt/zsh?

I'd like to have the printout (stdout and stderr) of the last command run within zsh available in a variable ready to use grep, etc on it.
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How to find latest file and delete old files in a group of files in zsh scripting? [duplicate]

I am facing problem in zsh scripting. I have group of files in a directory such as: 001_20160223.txt /delete 001_20161102.txt /delete 001_20161209.txt /keep 005_20160502.txt /delete ...
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ZSH, concatenate passed in arguments into a single string

I would like to create a simple bash function to use for my convenience. Following the answer given at: Joining bash arguments into single string with spaces I've been able to mash up this small piece ...
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How to have full completion in a run application dialog?

I've configured XFCE to execute gmrun as run dialog (Alt-F2). It works great with completion on commands but does not propose completion on arguments. How to set up a run dialog with full bash/zsh ...
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zsh theme doesn't work on a remote server [closed]

Here is a screenshot from the author of a theme: And this is what I have: What am I doing wrong?
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pushd, popd vs cd, cd- in bash and zsh

Is there a difference between the behavior of pushd/popd in bash vs zsh? It seems in zsh cd, cd- behaves exactly the same as pushd/popd (which adds/pops directory automatically when cd) while in bash ...
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Unlimited history in zsh

In zsh, I want to have unlimited history. I set HISTSIZE=, which works in bash. Now I import an old history mv old_history .history which is pretty big wc -l .history 43562 .history If I now ...
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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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How to configure .zshrc for specfic os

I want to use emacs from Applications folder when I'm using Mac, but I'm using same .zshrc in Ubuntu. alias emacs='/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/bin/emacsclient' So I want to create this ...
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Remapping Ctrl-P to Ctrl-O for getting the previous command?

I am using zsh with tmux and I like to have Ctrl-P as a shortcut to 'previous pane'. I would however still keep the original 'previous command' functionality of Ctrl-P and map it to Ctrl-O. How can I ...
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Shorten path in zsh prompt

Bash has the PROMPT_DIRTRIM option, e.g. when I set PROMPT_DIRTRIM=3, then a long path like: user@computer: /this/is/some/silly/path would show instead as: user@computer: .../some/silly/path ...
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Change color when changing directory

I have two folders called Documents and Downloads. In zsh, when I type cdSpaceDoTabc the color of Documents change from white to (hard to read) gray. How can I turn off this color change or control ...
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How to get absolute path of current shell in a sourced script? [duplicate]

Suppose one executes either . some_script or source some_script How can some_script determine the absolute path of the current shell (i.e. the one that is executing the . or source command)? ...
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zle read first word in line?

Let us say: % ls ./ _ when foo is called, where _ is the cursor position. foo(){ echo $COMMAND } zle -N foo How can COMMAND be set such that foo will write out the 'command' (as in, the ...
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Updating shell functions and aliases through environment variables

Say we define the following shell function and alias in .zshenv: export VARIABLE_A='original' function my_function() { print $VARIABLE_A } export VARIABLE_B='original' alias my_alias="print ...
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Automatically open text files in editor instead of attempting to run them?

When I accidentally type the name of a text file without some kind of editor command, and the text file is not a shell script, I get a "permission denied" error*, since the file is not executable, and ...
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Is it possible to declare a local variable without overriding the original for the child processes?

If I have a pre-existing ENV variable, is it possible to declare a new local variable with the child process using the original value? Keep in mind, I don't know which variables the child process ...