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Why I love zsh (and hate being forced to use bash)

Cool things that make zsh appealing

  • Filename correction during completion

  • if dir1/x exists and dir2 exists, then "dir/x<TAB>" completes to dir1/x

  • if name1 is a file and name2 is a directory with files in it, "name/<TAB>" completes to "name2/"

  • Better ctrl-R behaviour

  • alerts you if your ctrl-R is failing

  • completes it right on the prompt line while showing you what you're searching for below

  • ctrl-R, enter a search term, ctrl-R repeatedly to see earlier matches, then hit backspace

  • bash deletes characters in your search term

  • zsh backtracks through the matches you rejected with ctrl-R, i.e. "backspaces" your ctrl-R's

  • autopushd option -- every "cd" is implicitly a silent "pushd" so you can "popd" to go back any time

  • this is cool, but aliasing cd to popd does this. (still having this automatically is fantastic)

  • better popd behaviour if a directory no longer exists

  • zsh will still pop the stack, so subsequent popd's work

  • bash refuses to popd

  • incremental history saving option

  • saves after every command

  • my .zsh_history is chronological and always up-to-date, even with multiple shells running

  • in any shell, I can "fc -R ~/.zsh_history" to reload in order to reuse the latest commands

  • autocd option -- "executing" a directory will "cd" to it instead

  • e.g. if I start typing /some/dir/file and decide I want to switch to /some/dir instead, I just enter "/some/dir"

  • `some-command`<TAB> -- expand output of some-command right in your shell line

  • can automatically show exit status of last command

  • always know when something failed, even if the output doesn't make it obvious

  • can automatically show "time" output if a command takes more than <n> seconds

  • usually has the latest UI improvements first

  • most of bash's features originally came from zsh

  • probably a lot more that I've forgotten

ya zsh is quite appealing. Specifically the better completion, and more modern overall feel.

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