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zshell is tab-completing ambiguous options

I've been having an issue with zsh completion that's becoming a rather large annoyance. It's completing options beyond where there is ambiguity. For example, in a directory with these files: ...
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Zsh - Modify File Completion w/ Quotes

I've been using Zsh recently, and when I complete a file name within quotes, the completion adds a space after the completed file name. Interestingly, this does not occur when I complete directory ...
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Move zsh settings from Arch live to Arch regular

I just installed Arch as a guest (Virtual Box), and I really liked the way that the shell behaved on the live version of Arch. What would the steps be in order to copy those settings (from live) ...
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Zsh script cannot find screens

I have created a zsh script launching many screens in detached mode with particular names and running particular processes in them in order to automate some data analysis in high energy physics. ...
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Zsh script how to concatanate array elements with string

I have written a zsh script to automize an analysis in high energy physics and now I would like to use an element of the one of the defined array some string and another element of some another array ...
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Portable way to get script's absolute path?

What is a portable way for a (zsh) script to determine its absolute path? On Linux I use something like mypath=$(readlink -f $0) ...but this is not portable. (E.g., readlink on darwin does not ...
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cd to directory of a symbolically linked file

Before I write a script, anyone know an easy way to do the following: $ pwd /foo/bar $ ls -l lrwxr-xr-x 1 username admin 48 Apr 17 2012 foo.sh -> /bar/foo.sh $ cd /bar $ ls foo.sh i.e., in ...
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Bash script for opening screens and compiling the same file

I have written a bash script to initiate separate screen sessions and run a command in each of them that compiles the same C++ source file in ROOT (an object-oriented data analysis framework ...
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Livesearch with first 10 matches as preview for zsh-history?

I have seen a history-livesearch with a preview, that shows the 10 first matches in the history in a list below the BUFFER-line, which is updated on every keystroke, and acts like the standard ctrl+r ...
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How to make `less -FX' play nice with a 2-line shell prompt

My shell prompt is two lines long (a fancier version of [%n@%m %~]'$'\n''%#. I have $LESS set to -FX. When I quit less, it leaves a single line at the end of my screen, and since my prompt has two ...
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How can you get the current terminal line (the one that is still editable by the user)?

I need a way to use the current line which the users typed into as variable for a shell function. my current code, which can be called by ctrl+r zle -N search bindkey "^R" search search () { read ...
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How can I check GMail messages with prompt for password from a script?

I'm using zsh on Ubuntu 14.04 over SSH using Putty and I'm setting up the key bindings for my keyboard. Because zsh doesn't seem to make use of my function keys I thought I'd setup scripts to do ...
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Joining files on disk

Say I have several file with the following naming: 000001 000002 000003 ... Each of these files is a csv file (may include escape characters). In total the folder has ~20GB of data. How can I ...
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Display ZSH brace expansion

Is there a way to show the expanded version of a brace expansion statement? For example, I have: $ bundle exec rake db:{drop,create,migrate} Does the expanded version expand to this? $ bundle ...
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Cannot access elements of an array in zsh

I am trying to write a script in zsh and I need to make use of arrays in order to achieve my aim in an elegant way. After reading some information over the Net, I tried to implement and access the ...
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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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Display possible corrections but do not apply them automatically

I have the following completion: zstyle ':completion:*' completer _complete _approximate As a result if I type something incorrectly and hit TAB I will see a list with corrected propositions (what ...
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Resolve all aliases in a zsh command line

I have nested aliases and I want to resolve all of them before executing the command. How do I do that? If there is a function that is not bound to any keys then M-x foobar is fine for me too. I ...
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How to define and load your own shell function in zsh

I am having a hard time defining and running my own shell functions in zsh. I followed the instructions on the official documentation and tried with easy example first, but I failed to get it work. ...
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After installing oh-my-zsh: … /.zshrc:source:34: no such file or directory … /.oh-my-zsh/oh-my-zsh.sh

I just tried to install oh-my-zsh. I get the following error when I try to run rvm: zsh: command not found: rvm I also get the following error when I try to open a new tab: ...
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Bad substitution error in zsh shell

Hi in my previous question I got clarity on how to use associative arrays in zsh shell. But whenever I trigger the following command in my script for KEY in ${!array[@]} to iterate amongst the keys ...
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16 Colors in ZShell

I only seem to be able to call 8 colors in my zshell prompt. Example: PROMPT="[%n@%{$fg[magenta]%}%m%{$reset_color%} %.] %# " Works fine. However, ...
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remove a host from the completion list for ssh in zsh

I once had some hosts named 'myhost', 'myhost1', etc. And now all those except 'myhost3' become invalid. I removed those from /etc/hosts and ~/.ssh/known_hosts, but zsh still completes them for me. Is ...
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How to use `which` on an aliased command?

Like most users, I have a bunch of aliases set up to give a default set of flags for frequently used programs. For instance, alias vim='vim -X' alias grep='grep -E' alias ls='ls -G' The problem is ...
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Show older or newer history items with the history command in zsh

I typed in the history command and it showed me the last 10 commands executed by me. Now I wanted to see the last 20 commands executed by me so (after reading the documentation): An argument of n ...
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Disable glob qualifiers in zsh

Is there a way to disable glob qualifiers with zsh? It seems like a useful feature, but it gets in the way of normal parentheses. I use ag to search files, and ag mymethod(param) causes zsh to ...
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Persistent directory stacks across sessions in zsh

I would like to share my directory stack (the one accessed with dirs) across sessions and tmux panes/windows. In the zshbuiltins man page I have found autopushd to add every directory I switch into ...
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I have downloaded and un-tarred zsh, what do I do next [duplicate]

I am running Linux Fedora 20, and have downloaded and un-tarred tar -jvxf zshell/zsh-5.0.5.tar.bz2, and now have what looks like the correct directory, as in the following listing which also shows ...
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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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All directories wrongly identified as git repos in zsh

I am using zsh and Oh-My-Zsh on Ubuntu 14.04. For some reason all directories are indicated to be git repos. This is true for all oh-my-zsh themes, which leads me to believe that this is a zsh issue ...
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Escaping quotes in zsh alias

Following on from this question about stripping newlines out of text, I want to turn this into a zsh alias as follows: alias striplines=' awk " /^$/ {print \"\n\"; } /./ {printf( \" %s \",$0);}"' ...
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How can I suppress the space between generated arguments during brace expansion?

I used the following command to create a list of URLs that I want to test: echo -e ...
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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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How to fix tab completion so it doesn't hide entries?

I'm using oh-my-zsh on Mac OS X with homebrew'ed zsh 4.3.12. I stumbled recently on a weird problem. In scripts/not-used I have several .R files: breakdowns.R eventloop.R ...
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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. Shell: ZSH if that matters.
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zsh: set TERM=screen-256color in tmux, but xterm-256color without tmux

I need my $TERM to be xterm-256color outside of tmux (in "plain" terminal with zsh), but screen-256color inside tmux. First I tried: add export TERM='xterm-256color' to my ~/.zshrc. add set -g ...
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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 ...