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This is related to Zsh: Open a new tab in the same directory. I have installed oh-my-zsh recently and it certainly kicks. I have some custom variables, like $WORKSPACE which I use to get around easily. And when I am inside one of those paths the prompt gets set to the name of the variable, for example ~WORKSPACE/project $ .
This breaks the "Open tab in the same directory feature" which I love so much. And whats puzzling me most here is that this does not happen for the ZSH variable. So cd $ZSH gives a prompt like ~/.oh-my-zsh $. And as far as I know they are bot set the same way in my .zshrc

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Figured out as I was writing. The problem was that I was setting the custom vars after oh-my-zsh was loaded. Moving them up solved the problem, but I still dont understand what happened. Maybe its a oh-my-zsh feature? – Paulo Casaretto Sep 6 '12 at 19:55
If you've answered your question, you should type it up as an "answer" below and accept it. It will be more useful to people that land here in the future. :) – JoshP Sep 26 '12 at 13:57
Oops, forgot to. SU had a time period before I could do that. – Paulo Casaretto Sep 26 '12 at 16:27
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Oh-my-zsh was setting auto_name_dirs which caused this behaviour.
I just commented out that line from lib/directories.zsh and everything went back to the way I wanted them.

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So... is this the answer to the question? I still don't know how to prevent zsh from setting the current prompt to the name of the variable that points to this path... – Sebastián Grignoli Apr 23 '13 at 15:14
Updated the answer, thanks for bringing this up again. – Paulo Casaretto Apr 23 '13 at 16:24
Thank you! That worked fine. – Sebastián Grignoli Apr 23 '13 at 17:53
Dont forget to vote me up! :) – Paulo Casaretto Apr 23 '13 at 18:05

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