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# Luke's config for the Zoomer Shell
# Enable colors and change prompt:
autoload -U colors && colors
PS1="%B%{$fg[red]%}[%{$fg[yellow]%}%n%{$fg[green]%}@%{$fg[blue]%}%M %{$fg[magenta]%}%~%{$fg[red]%}]%{$reset_color%}$%b "
# History in cache directory:
# Basic auto/tab complete:
autoload -U compinit
zstyle ':completion:*' menu select
zmodload zsh/complist
_comp_options+=(globdots) # Include hidden files.
# vi mode
bindkey -v
# Use vim keys in tab complete menu:
bindkey -M menuselect 'h' vi-backward-char
bindkey -M menuselect 'k' vi-up-line-or-history
bindkey -M menuselect 'l' vi-forward-char
bindkey -M menuselect 'j' vi-down-line-or-history
bindkey -v '^?' backward-delete-char
# Change cursor shape for different vi modes.
function zle-keymap-select {
if [[ ${KEYMAP} == vicmd ]] ||
[[ $1 = 'block' ]]; then
echo -ne '\e[1 q'
elif [[ ${KEYMAP} == main ]] ||
[[ ${KEYMAP} == viins ]] ||
[[ ${KEYMAP} = '' ]] ||
[[ $1 = 'beam' ]]; then
echo -ne '\e[5 q'
zle -N zle-keymap-select
zle-line-init() {
zle -K viins # initiate `vi insert` as keymap (can be removed if `bindkey -V` has been set elsewhere)
echo -ne "\e[5 q"
zle -N zle-line-init
echo -ne '\e[5 q' # Use beam shape cursor on startup.
preexec() { echo -ne '\e[5 q' ;} # Use beam shape cursor for each new prompt.
# Use lf to switch directories and bind it to ctrl-o
lfcd () {
lf -last-dir-path="$tmp" "$@"
if [ -f "$tmp" ]; then
dir="$(cat "$tmp")"
rm -f "$tmp"
[ -d "$dir" ] && [ "$dir" != "$(pwd)" ] && cd "$dir"
bindkey -s '^o' 'lfcd\n'
# Edit line in vim with ctrl-e:
autoload edit-command-line; zle -N edit-command-line
bindkey '^e' edit-command-line
# Load aliases and shortcuts if existent.
[ -f "$HOME/.config/shortcutrc" ] && source "$HOME/.config/shortcutrc"
[ -f "$HOME/.config/aliasrc" ] && source "$HOME/.config/aliasrc"
# Load zsh-syntax-highlighting; should be last.
source /usr/share/zsh/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting/zsh-syntax-highlighting.zsh 2>/dev/null
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dm17 commented Mar 3, 2021

I ended up going with fish +

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chris-w-jarvis commented Mar 16, 2021

Also, it seems that Luke is not updating this gist and the voidrice version is being maintained instead.

Thanks @RichardBronosky , for anyone else attempting to install this on MacOS, the last line where you install the syntax highlighting did not work for me out of the box. You will need to also install the syntax highlighting plugin from and then correctly reference your install location in the last line of the .zshrc file.

Also, the autosuggestions were the killer feature of Fish for me, here is good alternative for zsh: It works well but it doesn't seem to query the global history as Fish does.

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You inspired me to do a rangercd:

rangercd () {
    ranger --choosedir="$tmp" "$@"
    if [ -f "$tmp" ]; then
        dir="$(cat "$tmp")"
        rm -f "$tmp"
        [ --datadir "$dir" ] && [ "$dir" != "$(pwd)" ] && cd "$dir"                                               

so you just have to switch
last-dir-path with --choosedir and -d with --datadir

another plugin you could very appreciate is zsh-autosuggestions or fzf (fuzzy finder for ZSH)

also: does lf have an imagepreview?

I am a bit late to reply lol but lf actually does have image preview check out lfimg. It works flawless and I prefer it over ranger.

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jessebrennan commented Dec 28, 2021

@RichardBronosky (and @Arjentix and @zaid-g if you're still following),

Taken from adding this to my ~/.vim/vimrc gave me the same behavior in vim as in zsh.

None of these worked for me, but what finally got the cursor to reset was:

:silent !echo -ne "\e[2 q"

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Did you come up with the name "zoomer" shell? That is hilarious

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