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OSX Mavericks .zshrc cannot source

I am trying to source my zshrc. It sources fine when before I add this line: . ~/Dropbox/configs/aliases Then I get this: /Users/mkrell/.zshrc:.:13: too many open files: Dropbox/configs/aliases ...
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What's the ZSH equivalent of BASH's $PROMPT_COMMAND?

BASH supports a $PROMPT_COMMAND environment variable that defines a command to be executed before any first-level interactive prompt. I'm looking for a ZSH equilvalent of that. The documentation says ...
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Parse Git Branch Stopped Working (OSX)

I use a method called parse_git_branch which is called by my PROMPT. I'm using zshell, but I don't understand why this would stop working. Here's the function: parse_git_branch() { ...
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git using different version of vim than zsh

I've got a plugin called YouCompleteMe installed in vim. When vim starts with this plugin installed, it will raise a warning if the version of vim is under the minimum required. I'm using vim ...
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mdfind -onlyin not working in hidden directories recursvily? How to use it properly?

I am trying to find all files named doc.py in one of my virtualevns (called data_science), which are all in hidden directory .virtualenvs under /Users/adni and so I go: mdfind -onlyin data_science ...
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Redirect stdout/stderr of a background job from console to a log file?

I just run a job (assume foo.sh). ./foo.sh [Press Ctrl-Z to stop] bg # enter background And it generate output to stdout and stderr. Is there any method to redirect to stdout and stderr to other ...
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ZSH autolearn completition plugin

Is there something like "autolearn" command/plugin for zsh? By this I mean when I type command option option1 ... and zsh don't know about options for this particular command I want zsh to remember ...
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the same tr translate failed on some of machine

I use the following code and failed. $ echo $TERM xtermc $ v=/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin ; echo $v | tr ':' '\n' /binn/usr/binn/usr/local/bin It seems skip my '/'. I don't know how to solve this. ...
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Disable automatic capitalisation of git checkout BRANCH_NAME in ZSH/oh-my-zsh

I'm using zsh 5.0.2 with oh-my-zsh plugin and whenever I do tab completion on git checkout f it comes out as: git checkout Feature\ For some reason it's automatically searching uppercase branch ...
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Zsh: how to auto complete after a command?

everyone. It's a little difficult to explain what I want to do. I want to create a script 'example', which can input long commands for you after you run it with short parameters. For example, $ ...
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Is there a syntax in ZSH for creating multiple aliases at once?

I.e., if I'd like to alias both proxychains & prch to proxychains4, is there something equivalent to this?: alias prch='proxychains'='proxychains4'
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ZSH browse content of zip file

Is there any way or plugin for zsh where I can browse content of zip files in place instead of unzipping zip file and than making zip again? I want to achieve same behavior as in Midnight Commander ...
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ZSH and Passwordless access with SSH in a shared home environment

I have a small cluster with some nodes which share their home folder through NFS. I allow passwordless SSH access to the users with this script: if [[ -e $homeDirs/$username/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ]]; then ...
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zsh warning before executing file

I frequently find myself accidentally running python files as shell scripts, e.g. $ ./test.py This has potential to cause lots of damage if there was no shebang line at the start of the file, so I ...
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In ZSH line editor, how to insert a new line?

Say I am editing a single line, with my cursor at the indicated position: $ abc ꕯ def ghi I would now like to split into two lines and continue editing (like hitting ENTER would do in a text ...
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env -i zsh | How is this magic possible?

I'm currently working, for school, on a home-made shell, therefore I'm kind of curious nowadays about how shell vars are set. Yes, this can be really exciting ! Anyway, we obviously have to deal with ...
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How to disable the confirmation of history expansions like `!!`

Zsh takes real good care of me, and at times it can get a bit too much. One of the times where I'd rather have it stay out of my business is when it "wants to make sure I want to execute the given ...
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zsh (or maybe oh-my-zsh) history gets confused with multi-line commands

if I use the up arrow in a zsh session, as you'd expect I get previous commands, from newest to oldest. Now (whether it's zsh or oh-my-zsh doing this I don't know), but if I type the start of a line ...
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Emacs key for Home & End

I'm running Emacs in urxvt with zsh as shell: ~ % echo $TERM && echo $SHELL rxvt-256color /bin/zsh ~ % My current problem is that I can't get Home key & End key working properly in ...
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Binding caps lock to escape in z-shell

I want to rebind the Caps Lock to escape in z-shell to make better use of the vi-mode in the z-shell line editor. I don't want to rebind it for the entire system. Is this possible? (if that matters, ...
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ZSH: Where to place environment variable so that launched application can pick it up?

I need an environment variable KEY="value" made available to a GUI application before starting it. The launcher file (the one that places the icon on the desktop and sidebar in Ubuntu) has a value of ...
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zsh how to backspace through quotes

How can I backspace and move through quotes in zsh? Pressing left or backspace does nothing at the start of the quote after I hit enter after typing ': $ echo ' quote> The ...
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Locating the source of a function in zsh

I have this annoying issue in my zsh shell where a function is being declared somewhere and that function is named "cp" so it's overriding the normal cp behavior. I'm trying to locate the function ...
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Why does my zsh prompt wander upwards when window is too narrow?

I have a weird behaviour that seems to be a combination of zsh and maybe urxvt (?) My setup is this: I start urxvt -e 'tmux' to get myself a terminal which launches zsh as the default shell. I then ...
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Zsh prompt produces an error

I have the default prompt for oh-my-zsh, which is great when I have a git repo, but if there is no git repo its actually failing instead of putting nothing. I trapped an ascii image to err just for ...
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Nested substitution in ZSH

I use zsh. Say, for instance, that I want to remove the current directory from cdpath. That means that I need to remove an element based on content, which fits the ${name:#to_be_removed} pattern ...
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ConEmu (with bash/zsh etc. shell) - can't use key bindings using “Meta” (Alt) key

I have key bindings created with zsh such as: bindkey -s "^[l" 'ls -lrt --color=always\n' that I want to execute in ConEmu by holding "Alt" and pressling "l". It just prints a rectangle character ...
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rxvt-unicode (urxvt) v9.19 is not reporting users that are using ttys

I have some problems with urxvt v9.19, I'm not able to see myself reported in the who command. My setup is: Archlinux: Linux arch 3.12.7-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Jan 10 08:50:35 CET 2014 x86_64 ...
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Forwarding shell to servers without installing it

is there any way how to forward a shell to a server without installing it on that box? This is what I need to do: I work for company where we admin X boxes and I will probably not be allowed to ...
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Terminator and Zsh: ctrl+D not closing session

I've been a Terminator and zsh user for a while with consistent profiles across several machines. However, on a freshly installed Linux Mint machine, for some reason Ctrl+D (EOT) isn't closing the ...
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Zsh not recognizing ls colors

I just was introduced to Zsh and so far I am really liking the customizability. I use the following line to set up colors in .zshrc: zstyle ':completion:*' list-colors '' This gives me these ...
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How do I negate a ZSH regular expression test?

How do I negate the ZSH regex operator? I'd like to do something like: if [[ $host !~ '^myhost[0-9]+$' ]] then # Do stuff # ... fi ...or: if [[ !($host =~ '^myhost[0-9]+$') ]] then # ...
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zsh function cannot be used in tmux

I wrote up a special function to wrap a command, in ZSH, so it doesn't output any warnings and runs the process in my background. This command works great without tmux, but when I try to use it in a ...
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How to delete one directory level in a command argument (up to a slash) on ZSH command line?

I just switched from bash to zsh. One thing that is different and a bit annoying from me that Alt-Backspace removes the whole argument instead of just one word. I'm used to using it to remove one ...
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bash's command number ( \# ) equivalent in zsh

I'm looking for a character to put in my zsh's $PROMPT that would be equivalent to bash's \# (the command number of this command, according to this site). So far I've found only %h but this is not ...
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automatically launch/open a file when it changes

OS: OS X Lion Shell: zsh I'd like to automatically launch/open a file when it changes. Background: i'm working on a windows vm, generating pdfs. Syncing via dropbox and when a file changes on ...
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Why commands work at top of file, but not at the end

This is .tmux.conf file & as you can see it has a shell selection command at top. But it doesn't work if I put this line at the bottom. when I open tmux, it doesn't show any error or anything, but ...
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Tracing an error message when starting Tmux or Vim

Recently when I start Tmux on my Mac (with Powerline) in iTerm, I get an error git: Permission denied. I also get the error over and over again as I type in Vim (also using Powerline). As you can ...
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ZSH: how to ZLE widgets directly?

The documentation says in section 18.4 Widgets, that a "widget’s job is simply to perform some small action". But I cannot find a general description how to invoke these actions, i.e. how to call a ...
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Unintended autocomplete or alias in Terminal

There is a "strange" autocomplete function in my macbook. If I try to type "ps -aux" in terminal (iTerm or TotalTerminal) with the hit of "s" in ps, automatically this happens: "ps -p $$ # Tells the ...
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Can I use the output from a ZSH custom function in Tmux's status bar?

I defined a function in ~/.zshrc: foo() { print "FOO" } I'd like to output it in my Tmux status bar. I added this to ~/.tmux.conf: set -g status-right "foo: #(foo)" But I only see the static ...
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Mac OSX Mavericks - ZSH can't 'source ~/.zshrc', too many open files

I can't source any changes to my .zshrc (or my .bash_profile for that matter), because I get this error when I try: /Users/ME/.zshrc:source:100: too many open files: /Users/ME/.zshrc I've tried ...
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How do I tell if zsh is running with privileges?

In my .zshrc, I have commands that launch instances of various program, like Mozilla Firefox and Evolution. I obviously do not want to launch them as root so I want to check whether I am root before I ...
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How to run “time” on a function in zsh

This works: time ls -l This does not work f() { ls -l } time f No time output is printed in the second case. Why?
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Disabling “oh-my-zsh” SVN completion

I am using Zsh version: 4.3.11 with the oh-my-zsh framework. When coupled with "oh-my-zsh", Zsh will attempt to autocomplete SVN (and Git for that matter) commands when the TAB key is pressed during ...
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Remove all folders that does not contain a specific name in UNIX

I'm trying to figure out my old skill in *nix. What I'm trying to achieve is to remove every folders that does not contain a specific word. This is the listing ➜ myfolder: pwd /user/myfolder ➜ ...
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When is .zprofile file read?

I am using .zprofile to set up some stuff, and I assume it is evaluated everytime I log in to given user. Am I correct?
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tmux in zsh with vi mode, toggle cursor shape between normal and insert mode

(note: I wrote this question on stackoverflow, but got flagged as offtopic, so I'm re-writing it here) Here's what I want: Consistent behavior (as much as possible) between Vim, MacVim, zsh with ...
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Pre-compiled command line input in zsh

I recently set up a ubuntu 12.04 64 bit machine. I use tmux with many open windows, all of them use zsh as shell, some of them through a chroot environment that uses the same home folder of the normal ...
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Common keyboard shortcuts for zsh zle and bash readline

I use zsh as my shell, but there are a lot of commandline programs which use readline. I also like to configure different keyboard shortcuts (e.g. ctrl backspace and ctrl delete). Is there a way to ...