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Zsh or Z Shell is the default Unix shell used by Terminal in macOS since 10.15

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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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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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ZSH: .zprofile, .zshrc, .zlogin - What goes where?

Now that I've upgraded to Catalina and I am using the new ZSH shell, I've noticed that ~/.bash_profile has been replaced with ~/.zprofile and since installing iTerm2 shell integration, it added a ~/....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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zsh: bad CPU type in executable

I am using the terminal on an Apple M1 MacBook. I try to use a cli tool that is not build for aarm64, so I get this error message in the terminal: zsh: bad CPU type in executable Is there anything I ...
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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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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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I switched to Catalina and enabled ZSH now my home/end key do not work in terminal

I switched to ZSH from BASH as per the upgrade in Catalina and all is well except my home/end keys no longer work. This can be really annoying trying to move my cursor over super far to the left ...
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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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I accidentally used “touch ..” , is there a way to safely delete this document?

I am using zsh, macOS 11.0.1 (Big Sur), was working on a project and for some stupid reason I decided to write touch ... A file was created in the Desktop so I don't think that it will affect the ...
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Did the shell ( terminal ) change in Catalina?

My login script is behaving oddly since I moved to Catalina. Particularly this line: # set cursor to display path and command count PS1="<: \w | \! :> " Now my cursor actually has a \w and a \...
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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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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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Now that MacOS Catalina has moved to zsh, can I upgrade bash 3.2.57 with 5.0.3?

I understand apple's move from bash to zsh, though I'd really rather that they hadn't made the change. I've tried zsh, and decided that I'd prefer to remain with bash. So, since MacOS Catalina isn't ...
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$PATH vs. $path

I can't remember why, but a long time ago, I found that for some reason, I needed to set both of these variables. It caused no problems in bash, but now in zsh, when I put export PATH=~/bin:/opt/...
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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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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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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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How to get fn + left key working on macOS after changing to zsh from bash?

In case it is not clear fn + left key is simply the HOME button. It takes you to beginning of line. This seems to still work when editing a file (in vim) say so I think zsh does something with the ...
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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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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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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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Why is ~/.zprofile always sourced on every interactive session?

from zsh document, ~/.zprofile should only be sourced at login shell, and should NOT be sourced at every interactive session (for example, a new tab in a terminal). I am running MacOS Big Sur 11.2.3 (...
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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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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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How do I use zsh to pipe results from one command to another (while in a loop)?

macOS 10.14.6 zsh 5.8 jq 1.6 I have a situation where I have a bunch of .vital files, which are JSON files in disguise. I want to extract one piece of information from each file, and I have worked ...
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Big Sur switched to zsh terminal but still uses .bash_profile

I've upgraded to Big Sur and noticed my user was still using bash shell, so I changed Users → Advanced Options → Login shell to /bin/zsh and restarted. The shell that starts appears to be zsh insofar ...
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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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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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tmux always modify my zsh PATH

I'd like to use tmux inside my iTerm2. and I have the following in my ~/.tmux.conf file. set-option -g default-shell /bin/zsh set-option -g default-command "/bin/zsh -c 'which reattach-to-user-...
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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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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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“l/” in shell creates a whitespace

Whenever I type l/ in terminal on OS X (Mavericks), it replaces it with a blank space. I can't seem to find any relevant problems or fixes on Google and I have no idea why this happens. For example, ...
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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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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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MacOS Catalina terminal tab doesn't remember its own previous commands

I upgraded from El Capitan to Catalina recently; when I click ↑ in any terminal tab it used to toggle previous commands executed within that specific tab only, but now it will show commands for all ...
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macOS Big Sur and bash

In Catalina, Apple made ZSH the default shell, however, macOS retained the (now deprecated) Bash. Despite my attempts to unearth something related to this, I couldn't find out whether Big Sur will ...
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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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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 can I convert this Bash prompt to zsh?

I have the following configuration for Bash: # Change Prompt # ------------------------------------------------------------ export PS1="...

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