How do I tell my zsh to automatically try a command with git in front, if the command is not found? E.g. I want to run $ status and if there is no status in $PATH, my zsh should try git status.

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    Have you considered making shell aliases for this? It's not really what you describe, but it would get the job done IMO. – Brandin Sep 20 '15 at 10:45

This sounds fragile — you could get into the habit into typing foo instead of git foo, and then one day a new foo command appears and foo no longer invokes git foo — but it can be done. When a command is not found with normal lookup (alias, function, builtin, executable on PATH), zsh invokes the command_not_found_handler function (if it's defined). This function receives the command and the command's arguments as its arguments.

command_not_found_handler () {
  git "$@"

If you want to do some fancier filtering, the command is in $1 and its arguments can be referred to as "$@[2,$#]".

command_not_found_handler () {
  if …; then
    git "$1" "$@[2,$#]"
  • Or "$@[2,-1]" instead of "$@[2,$#]". Note that "$1" "$@[2,$#]" is "$@". – Stéphane Chazelas Sep 21 '15 at 10:15
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    Very fragile: git rm vs rm. – chepner Sep 21 '15 at 14:32

I suggest that do not creat problems for yourself, just checkout oh-my-zsh, and put


in your .zshrc, then you can see git status by typing gst.

...and a lot of others, checkout git.plugin.zsh

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