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What are the practical differences between Bash and Zsh?

With the news that Catalina will default to Zsh instead of Bash, I'm finding lots of results telling me about the switch, and that it may cause problems with shell scripts, but I'm not familiar enough ...
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Change default shell from bash to zsh

I've tried to switch my default shell to zsh, using chsh: chsh -s /bin/zsh and: chsh -s `which zsh` Both commands ended with: Changing shell for adamatan. Password for adamatan: chsh: Operation ...
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How to uninstall zsh

I'm new to Mac. A friend installed all kinds of additional software including zsh which I would like to uninstall. So how can I uninstall zsh?
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Bash or Zsh, what's the difference, why use one or the other? [duplicate]

So, the question pretty much says it all. I'm on Snow Leopard, and I do a lot of web development, particularly in Rails 3 which makes heavy use of the console. I've seen some notable bloggers etc. ...
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How do I configure my Terminal app with bash and iTerm2 with zshell and oh my zsh?

The Terminal app uses bash by default. And I don't want to change it. However I want to configure iTerm2 with zshell and oh my zsh. and I don't want bash on it. The instructions I checked online, make ...
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How to get rid of “You have new mail.” in zsh

I'm using zsh with prezto as my shell with iTerm as terminal app. I always get the message "You have new mail" when opening a new prompt. I don't have any new mail in Mac Mail and I don't run a mail ...
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Why can't I use zsh?

So I upgraded to Catalina. Actually it's more like a fresh install, I only copied across the few files I wanted to keep. The shell is now helpfully telling me: The default interactive shell is now ...
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ZSH paste from the clipboard a command takes a few second to be write in the terminal

When I copy from the clipboard a long string command in my iTerm, the terminal freeze for seconds. for example, if I copy the following test and I paste in my iTerm console: echo 'test test test ...
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Issues with Unicode symbols in some applications running in Terminal.app and iTerm2

Darwin DeoGloria 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0: Tue Jun 3 21:27:35 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2422.110.17~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 Fresh user account. Terminal.app and iTerm2 with UTF-8 set. Accented ...
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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as /...
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How do I add a directory to PATH when using `zsh` in Sierra

In macOS Sierra 10.12.x, what is the modern way to add a directory to the PATH environment variable that can work across shells or specifically work with zsh shell (I switched from the default bash to ...
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How to prepend a character to start of each line in 250,000+ line file using a script?

I have text file with 250,000 lines - and I need to append the same single character at the start of each line. I have tried to use various multiline /column edit plugins in Atom and Sublime but they ...
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zsh themes loaded but not working

I set theme in .zshrc file: ZSH_THEME="random" And when open new tab, it shows that new theme is loaded: [oh-my-zsh] Random theme '/Users/maks/.oh-my-zsh/themes/gozilla.zsh-theme' loaded... mac ...
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How to add permanent environment variable in zsh

I have been scouring the internet, and cannot seem to find a solution to permanently adding an environment variable, specifically when my OS is macOS Mojave (10.14). It seems there are a lot of ...
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rbenv not overriding default Ruby version

I used the thoughtbot laptop script to setup a new Macbook Air (OSX 10.10.5), but when I navigate within a Rails project that contains a .ruby-version file, running commands such as rails s returns an ...
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Cut in CLI doesn't work as expected - returns full lines every time

I'm running MacOS Mojave and I'm trying to get a list of owners of files in given path. I'm trying to do it like this but it doesn't work. $ ls -l /usr | cut -f3 total 0 drwxr-xr-x 971 root wheel ...
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ZSH - missing git icons

Hi I've just installed ZSH and it looks awesome but git icons are still missing and I don't know what I miss. What I should do?
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Uninstalled zsh, terminal gone weird

I uninstalled zsh pretty soon after I installed it as I realised I had got used to the normal Terminal. The uninstall went successfully and I restarted Terminal, but now it displays my computer-name (...
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Customise iTerm sudo password prompt

Recently iTerm started showing an emoji key instead of the sexy key symbol at password prompts. It now shows this: But I don't like the ugly emoji there. I want to see (this is what it looks like ...
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Update zsh on macOS Mojave

On my MacBook Pro with macOS Mojave, my version of zsh is 5.3. zsh --version zsh 5.3 (x86_64-apple-darwin18.0) That version is a few years out-of-date, according to this. That page shows version ...
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Generic exit function for iTerm2

I've recently begun to use iTerm2 instead of the macOS Terminal application and I'm really happy with it. I'm very used to use to exit command to close the instance that currently has focus. With ...
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Separate zsh histories after restart (iTerm2)

I am running iTerm2 (v 3.2.9) and zsh (v 5.7.1). I normally have 3-4 iTerm tabs opened at the same time and each tab has its own history thanks to the following settings in my .zshrc file SAVEHIST=...
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Is there a way to list all available commands in terminal

Is there a way to list all available commands in terminal? I know linux has compgen -c is there an equivalent command for OS X? Update: The actual issue was that I was using zsh instead of bash. So ...
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Why is the width of `~` different than `➜` on iTerm2 when using zsh with spaceship-prompt?

Using iTerm2. Installed zsh, spaceship-prompt and FiraCode. Why is the width of ~ different than ➜?
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Dragging and dropping a file onto a Terminal window doesn’t escape the path under zsh 5.2

Under OS X you can drag and drop a file from the Finder (or anywhere else) onto a Terminal window and the file’s path will be inserted as if you had typed it in. Recently, filenames with spaces have ...
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Removing the builtin command-line utilities from PATH, zsh

Okay, so I'm a Linux power user, that is I feel most at home when I have access to the command-line, and I'm very much used to using GNU coreutils, so now that I've installed GNU coreutils on Mac OS X ...
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How do I switch tabs when using iTerm2 with Z shell

How do I switch tabs when using Z shell on iTerm2? I have already tried all the possible key combinations. Here is an image of my current setup: OS: macOS Mojave 10.14.4 (18E226) iTerm2: Build 3.3....
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Zsh vs Bash shell in Terminal [duplicate]

Are there any advantages to using zsh vs bash shell in Terminal app? Also, can you use zsh from the terminal? My understanding of zsh is skewed.
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Easiest way to migrate aliases from bash to zsh

I want to start using zsh as recommended by Apple for Mac OS Catalina. How do I migrate my aliases that I have defined in the ~/.bash_profile to the new shell?
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how to get ls to list files in case-insensitive order?

How do I get the ls shell command to list my files in: case-insensitive order with the directories at the top? The reason I ask is: I want Aquamacs Emacs dired to list my files and directories this ...
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iTerm ZSH - Missing Right Prompt

I'm using oh-my-zsh and iTerm2. I've also enabled the zsh-vim-mode plugin from oh-my-zsh. One of the annoyances I've encountered is my right prompt (RPS1 & RPROMPT) doesn't seem to show up. I'd ...
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Within Terminal, `date` command outputs a curious prefix where it should'n

I am using a Mac Mini running Lion (10.7.5) and zsh 4.3.12 (i386-apple-darwin11.0.1) with oh-my-zsh installed. In the Terminal.app I retrieve the UNIX timestamp using the following command date +%s ...
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change terminal language os x

I have a Mountain Lion macbook and it's default locale is english, it's keyboard is english (US) as well. I need to change the language that the terminal replies to Swedish. For example, Instead of ...
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Show menu bar icons in Catalina defaults command not working

In Catalina, allowed ZSH full disk access in preferences and ran defaults write com.apple.systemuiserver menuExtras -array "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Bluetooth.menu" "/System/...
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How can I run a command that requires user input through oh-my-zsh alias?

I'm trying to add Reminder.app items through the command line by invoking an alias. I use the Automator workflow solution from this question: How can I add reminders via the command line?, which ...
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macOS Catalina still uses bash as the default shell

I'm on the latest public beta of macOS Catalina and it's supposed to use zsh as the default shell and it even shows that it is pointing to zsh in the users settings but whenever I open a new terminal ...
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How to recover from “chown -R $USER /usr/”?

I ran a 'chown' on everything under /usr to a non root user. Meant to run it for /usr/local/ Now I get the error below on opening terminal login(89809,0x7fff7bac5960) malloc: *** error for object ...
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How do you change colour scheme between *panes* inside iTerm2 + oh-my-zsh?

I have seen a lot of solutions that allow changing of tab colour upon remote accessing into a server (see for example: https://gist.github.com/wadey/1140259 and many more). What I want is to change ...
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Scrolling doesn't work in Terminal for commands like less

I used to be able to scroll using the trackpad through git diff or man pages which both use less when the output doesn't fit on screen. Today I restarted my computer and that behaviour is gone and I ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error 10810 in iTerm2 running tmux on Yosemite

[~%]open ~/Pictures/upload.png LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 for the file /Users/bryanhunt/Pictures/upload.png. Before this update I used to be able to open images, PDFs, etc. from ...
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Repeated Oh My Zsh brew plugin warnings

I keep seeing this warning every time I open an new shell on one of my machines: Oh My Zsh brew plugin: With the advent of their 1.0 release, Homebrew has decided to bundle the zsh completion ...
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ZSH terminal displaying characters and cursor in the wrong place

When my command is long and I move the cursor through it, it jumps randomly to different places and start writing in any location of the command. I'm using OS X El Capitan (10.11.6) and have ...
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How can I get zsh to show the current path in the prompt?

I am not able to see path of my current directory or even username in terminal while using zsh. I was able to see it until few days back. Now it just shows blank. I tried uninstalling oh-my-zsh but it ...
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Terminal backslash input repeated in output

I'm using zsh on a MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10. When I type in certain commands, such as this one: cat myfile | awk -F $'\t' '{print $8, $9}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -k1,1n | awk '{if ($1 > 50) sum += ...
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iTerm2 runs my .zshrc twice

When starting a terminal in iTerm 2, my .zshrc is executed twice. Possibly has something to do with the "last login" printed at the top of terminal by iTerm? Anyone know how to fix this? Example ...
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MacOS terminal Hangs on `login`

On my macbook, I've found that sometimes it gets into a state where it cannot open up a new terminal - a blank terminal window just appears, and it hangs. Rebooting solves this, but it seems to ...
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MacOS zsh alias pwd is incorrect

I recently switched to MacOS and some aliases in ZSH which were working on a linux system is giving me headaches in MacOS. To be specific, pwd variable inside alias is using the same directory where ...
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How to find the PID(s) of a hung app in macOS from the shell (Terminal)?

Within Activity Monitor.app it's easy to visually identify a hung app by seeing its name in red text: How can such hung app statuses be identified from the shell (Terminal.app) and the PID(s) of ...
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zsh: no matches found

It seems I have some zsh misconfiguration. I use youtube-dl regular to download videos. But since a few days, I get this error youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkd6JkfI4yk zsh: no matches ...
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Powerline Theme in OSX terminal have a strange color

I configure the powerline theme on OSX like zsh vim and emacs But it has a strange colour in the ">" character How can I make the the ">" character colour match with the powerline bar