The friendly interactive shell (fish) is a Unix shell that focuses on interactive use, discoverability, and user friendliness.

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chain Fish commands via `&&` or `||`

In Bash/ZSH and other shells, I am used to using && and ||. Is there any equivalent in Fish?
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Is there any way to get bash to have syntax highlighting like fish?

In the fish shell, the actual command line is syntax highlighted: Is there any way to get this same behavior in bash? There is something just like this but for zsh, not bash. Is it possible that ...
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What are the differences between fish and zsh? [closed]

I'm a bash user willing to switch to a more friendly and advanced shell. I read a lot of good things about zsh, but I gave a quick test at fish and it seems great too. Both seem very close in term of ...
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sudo keeps asking me for my password in fish shell

sudo in Ubuntu keeps asking me for my password for every command. Previously, I only had to enter the password once, and then it would be remembered for a period of time. This recently changed, ...
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What is the equivalent of bash's !$ and !! in the fish shell?

I've been using bash for a decade or so and have gotten used to being able to type !$ to repeat the last argument, e.g.: $ mkdir foo $ cd !$ cd foo (That last line is printed by the shell to tell ...
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How to run a command in background with no output unless there's an error

How to suppress a command's output but show it if the command exit codes an error?
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How to use fish shell in cygwin?

Is it possible to use the fish shell with cygwin? I wasn't able to compile the source in cygwin, and I didn't find any precompiled packages. Is there a good reason for not having fish in cygwin?
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Bind shift-tab to complete-backward in fish

I found myself using the auto-complete functionality of the fish-shell, where pressing tab twice or more cycles through the suggestions. But then I accidentaly pressed tab once to many, and I wanted ...
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Is there a “reverse incremental search” functionality in Fish similar to Bash’s CTRL+R?

I’m really impressed with Fish’s autocomplete functionality. However there is one feature in Bash that I’m unable to find in Fish. When you press Ctrl+R in Bash and begin to type out a term, a search ...
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$PATH is driving me nuts

OK, apologies if this is something dumb, but I'm running out of ideas. Goal: prepend /usr/local/bin to $PATH Problem: $PATH won't do what I want or expect How I got here: I want to start learning ...
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re-use '~/.profile` for Fish?

(I'm talking about the shell Fish, esp. Fish's Fish.) For Bash/ZSH, I had ~/.profile with some exports, aliases and other stuff. I don't want to have a separate config for environment variables for ...
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Why am I having / how can I fix this error: “shell_session_update: command not found”

Background I am getting into Ruby 2.x, and Rails 4.x, on a MacBook using OS X El Capitan (10.11.3), using the fish shell, employing the integration listed on this page: RVM - Fish Shell (Integration) ...
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How do I change EDITOR to be Pico in fish shell?

I can’t get Mercurial (hg) to use pico as my EDITOR when I’m using fish shell. I’ve tried using this and other variations, but nothing seems to help: set -U EDITOR pico hg commit will always open ...
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Go-lang go tool works with Bash but not Fish

For those of you who have no idea what Fish is: http://fishshell.com/ Similarly, if you are not familiar with a Go coding environment and still wish to try and figure out this small puzzle, here is ...
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Right and fast way to test git directory and git branch?

While trying to set up my new fish shell prompt, I ended up testing ways to get the branch name and also testing if I was on a git repository. I have found (1) git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD, (2) git ...
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When default shell is not bash-compatible, why do bash scripts not work well?

My default shell is fish, because it's a lot nicer. But often when I run scripts, I get errors that seem to be from the bash script being processed by fish. I think this is because the script writer ...
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How do you “source” a file in fish?

I'd like to use keychain with the fish shell, but I'm not sure how to get fish to load the ~/.keychain/hostname-fish file to set the appropriate environment variables. In bash, there's the "source" ...
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How to remove a path from $PATH variable in fish?

I am using fish as my shell in Debian and recently (after some upgrade) whenever I try to use command completion I have: set: No such file or directory set: Could not add component /usr/lib/x86_64-...
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Using MacPorts within FISH shell

I have been playing around with FISH for a few days and I just tried to switch it to my main shell. That worked fine but now none of my software from MacPorts is recognized. I installed and followed ...
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How can I do string manipulation in fish shell

How can I do bash style string manipulations in Fish shell? Specifically, in bash read branch < ".git/HEAD" branch=${branch#ref: refs/heads/} will put the branch name in $branch variable. How ...
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Quote or bracket completion in bash, without pressing TAB

Is there any way to have bash autocomplete matching symbols like '"[{( with their right handed counterparts? I would like to do this without having to press tab. For example typing the string echo " ...
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What's the fatest way to calculate in command line?

Is there a faster way to calculate in command line the following: echo "4 * 5" | bc
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How to do command substitution in fish shell?

How would a command like this have to be expressed in fish? ls -l $(which vim)
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How do I run make && make install while in fish shell

I have installed the fish shell, and I'm very happy with it ... but I cannot run the following command: make && make install This works nicely in bash... How do I run it in fish shell?
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Fish shell syntax highlighting looks weird in byobu-screen

When I am in plain fish shell, a command is highlighted like so: but when I am in byobu-screen and type the same thing, I get: When I do a fish_config and look at my color palette, nothing is ...
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fish control-left control-right keybindings

I'm using terminator along with fish and I want to use Alt-Left etc for navigating terminator and Ctrl-Left and Ctrl-right to move the cursor by word. The problem is when I do bind \cleft backward-...
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Can't start new fish session after incorrectly closing fish_config

I'm trying out fish (the friendly interactive shell), and tried out the browser-based config with fish_config. I didn't close this correctly. I hit ctrl-C in my shell. Now I see the error "The ...
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Change prompt on command line?

My prompt is quite verbose - which is good most of the time - but now I would like to switch it temporarily because I want to make a screen shot of the terminal. For that purpose I would prefer not to ...
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writing more complex math input to fish shell

The fish documentation explains that the math command is essentially a thin wrapper to bc. The bc documentation has further info about more complex ops: If bc is invoked with the -l option, a math ...
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How do I install/make a custom prompt for fish shell?

I'm using fish 2.0 in #! Linux, but this might be an installation error, since my ~/.config/fish/config.fish is empty.
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How to use the $_ positional parameter in the fish shell?

In Bash, the positional parameter $_ holds the last argument in the previous command: $ /home/joe> some-script foo bar $ /home/joe> cd $_ $ /home/joe/bar> The positional parameter $_ does ...
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How do you install pythonbrew when using the Fish Shell?

I use the Fish shell in Mac OS X and I cannot figure out how to install pythonbrew. Is this possible and if so how? What I think I need to figure out is how to convert the following for my .bashrc to ...
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Add abbreviations in fish config

I would like to use the abbreviations feature of the fish shell, especially for the known bash variable !! or aliases to common git commands. I know that abbreviations can be added like in the ...
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Is administrator account necessary in order to use shells such as zsh and fish?

I have a weird situation. I’m using Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and iTerm2. Zsh is listed by default in /etc/shells as /bin/zsh, and this allows me to use Zsh without any issues on my standard ...
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How to get fish-style formatting with less

Let's say I run a command like ls in fish and get lots of output, how do I scroll through it and still keep the fish formatting or something like it? ls | less doesn't keep the formatting. I know ...
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My custom fish shell prompt keeps resetting every reboot

I switched to fish shell a month ago and I'm quite pleased with it. But recently, my custom prompt keeps resetting to the default prompt every time I turn on my PC. When opening the terminal, I'm ...
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How to set fish as default shell in Cygwin?

I installed fish and can start it. Now I would like to use it as my default shell in Cygwin. How may I achieve this? So far I tried two thing. I overwrote the content of /etc/shells with /bin/fish ...
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Different options for installing Fish shell on OS X

I want to install Fish on my Mac, and there are three different installation options on the Fish website: there is an installer, installation via Homebrew, and an app. Which one of these should I ...
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Running the output of `ssh-agent` in fish; what does `setenv` do?

When I want to start (or restart) ssh-agent, it gives me a few commands that I should run by doing eval $(ssh-agent). Of course this fails for fish, since it gives syntax for bash or csh. The ...
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Escape-backspace behavior in fish shell like in other shells

I recently started using the fish shell for some things and generally like it. However I've run across one situation that would be great if there were a workaround. Say I typed a command like this: ...
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Custom bash 'context' when running from FISH

First of all, I'm on OSX10. My default shell is BASH, which I have set up (through .profile and .bashrc) to automatically run the FISH shell when I open my terminal emulator. This allows me to set up ...
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Building Fish 2.0 shell under Cygwin

I wanted to have a fish shell under my cygwin instance and I wanted it so bad that I've event tried to build it but with no luck. I've gone through all the prerequisites like installing autoconf, ...
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How do I set the title of Terminal.app with the fish shell?

I'm trying the fish shell in Mac OS X, intalled using MacPorts. I'd like to have the title of my Terminal window be my current directory. Currently, the title just says Terminal - fish - 80x24 ...
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Ctrl-enter for fish shell

I had tried to create some accept completion and execute right away combination in fish on pressing Ctrl+Enter. function fish_user_key_bindings bind \c\n accept-autosuggestion execute end ...
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$status in Fish prompt always prints 0

I tried to add $status to my prompt in the fish shell but it always prints 0. This question was asked on irc a while back and i'm surprised there wasn't a answer here so i thought i'd post it here ...
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How can I enable tab completion for a fish function/alias?

Probably easier to just use an example here. I have a function ss that just calls: sudo systemctl $argv Tab completion works fine with the full command, but not for the ss function. I.e., ss start ...
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How to get byobu help screen (shift-F1) to work under a fish login shell?

I can get the Shift-F1 to show the help for a user that has fish as login shell. I get a glimpse of an error message that gets quickly overwritten. It says fish: Variables may not be used as ...
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Is there a way to “source” a sh script from the fish shell?

I like to put many of my environment variable definitions in the .profile script. If I am using a POSIX-compatible interactive shell like bash, I can use the source command to re-export the ...
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fish.config doesn't get loaded on new tab in TotalTerminal on OSX

I want to add Android SDK tools to my $PATH variable. I've entered the following to ~/.config/fish/config.fish: set -x PATH $PWD/Documents/android-sdk-macosx/tools $PATH set -x PATH $PWD/Documents/...
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run any shell script from Fish and import all exported env variables?

Is it possible somehow to import all environment variables which are exported by a subprocess started by Fish? E.g. from my Fish session, I start bash ~/.profile, which exports some variables and I ...