What exactly is the difference, operationally, between plugins and themes in oh-my-zsh? I.e. how would things break (if at all) if a plugin were instead put among the themes, or a theme among the plugins? Or is the distinction purely organizational?


Both the theme and the plugins are sourced in oh-my-zsh/oh-my-zsh.sh, so technically there should be no difference.

But a theme should only be used to change the appearance and a plugin is there to add new functionality.

With appearance I mean setting the values of $PS1, $PS2, $RPS1 and etc.

There are some plugins which also set some appearances, like the vi-mode plugin which sets the right hand side prompt ($RPS1) when it is not already set.

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