My RPROMPT is set to display svn info using vcs_info. It reads RPROMPT=${vcs_info_msg_0_}. vcs_info is called using precmd(). However, RPROMPT doesn't update when I change directories. It works only if I invoke the prompt again (either by source ~/.zshrc or prompt ) and doesn't change upon chdir, unless I invoke the prompt again. Is there any way to change this behaviour?


Try putting single quotes around the variable value at assignment to delay evaluation:

  • why does the check mark go away when it gets migrated?
    – user5383
    Jun 3 '11 at 2:04
  • @user5383: You should ask that on meta.unix.stackexchange.com or meta.stackoverflow.com. I don't know (or only vaguely know) the answer. Jun 4 '11 at 11:28
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    This requires that setopt PROMPT_SUBST has occurred earlier in the file. Otherwise, it will just echo the prompt out literally. Mar 28 '12 at 23:10

Using a single-quote to delay evaluation works for defining dynamic aliases as well. Here's an alias, t, used to attach a new shell to an existing ssh agent process, which was started with an alias called ssh-start that writes out shell code to a file in a homedir:

mymistress:~> which ssh-start
ssh-start: aliased to eval `ssh-agent | tee ~/.ssh/ssh-agent.out` ; ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
mymistress:~> grep "alias t" .zshrc    
alias t="eval `cat ~/.ssh/ssh-agent.out`"
mymistress:~> which t
t: aliased to eval SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-nZBZp29804/agent.29804; export SSH_AUTH_SOCK;\nSSH_AGENT_PID=29805; export SSH_AGENT_PID;\necho Agent pid 29805;`

That definition of t is bad because it causes new information from a fresh run of ssh-start to be ignored. Changing the alias definition of t to be singly quoted in my .zshrc gives much better behavior:

mymistress:~> grep "alias t" .zshrc
alias t='eval `cat ~/.ssh/ssh-agent.out`'
mymistress:~> source ~/.zshrc
mymistress:~> which t
t: aliased to eval `cat ~/.ssh/ssh-agent.out`

Note the expansion of the definition of t as provided by which t, showing the effects of double quotes (immediate in-place expansion of commands or environment variables) vs. single quotes (delayed evaluation of commands and variables).

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