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Using iTerm2 or I have to run su $USER in order for my plugins to load or display in my prompt (e.g. the RVM plugin).

Any reason why this would be?

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Are you sure your shell is launching zsh and not bash when you startup a terminal? What happens if you just type zsh after you load a shell? – Andrew M. Jul 12 '12 at 21:21
Can you be more specific, please, and tell us how your zshrc looks like, and if source $ZSH/ is even called or not? Does it work if you manually execute that command? – slhck Jul 12 '12 at 21:21
@AndrewM. I am absolutely sure zsh is my login shell. I've run chsh -s /bin/zsh. @slhck source $ZSH/ is called in my .zshrc file. Thanks for your help guys. It loads the theme I've selected and my aliases so I'm fairly certain my .zshrc file is being used. – Tyler Jul 12 '12 at 21:25
So ZSH and Oh-my-zsh work, but just all your plugins aren't loaded? – slhck Jul 12 '12 at 21:27
Correct. (10 chars) – Tyler Jul 12 '12 at 21:27

I just a had a similar problem where some plugins appeared to not get executed. In my case the plugin depended on something installed by homebrew and was failing silently. So I just made sure /usr/local/bin was in $PATH before source $ZSH/

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