- Zsh is an interactive shell that is mostly compatible with Bash;
- Bash-Completion enhances the shell with automatic and programmable commands and arguments completions. It works also on Windows and Mac OS X systems because it depends only on the Bash shell;
- Autojump stores the last visited directories and allows for fast navigation in the file system. It works also on Windows and Mac OS X systems because it uses Python;
All three together are really useful tools that are going to increase the productivity of any console-user immensely, although the Zsh shell should only by used for the console and not for scripts, because of portability and interoperability issues. This article will describe how install and configure those tools on a Debian Jessie system (but it should be the same on any other GNU/Linux system). Basically, everything is contained in the Makefile and the simple command
make will install and configure those tools. The make targets will use optional environment variables and arguments to customize the tools.
Download the archive from Github devent/zsh-setup, unpack the archive somewhere, open a console inside the directory where the archive was unpacked and run
wget https://github.com/devent/zsh-setup/archive/master.zip -O zsh-setup.zip unzip zsh-setup.zip cd zsh-setup-master make
The following files and directories are created by the default make target.
- /etc/profile.d/proxy.sh only if any proxy environment variables were set;
- .user_rc the file is not removed or changed and is suppose to have user specific aliases and functions;
- .user_zshrc the file is not removed or changed and is suppose to have user specific Zsh settings;
- no_proxy, if those environment variables are present, the make targets will configure sudoers, apt and Zsh to use the environment variables.
- WORK sets the work directory, defaults to the user home directory;
- THEME sets the oh-my-zsh theme, defaults to “gentoo”;
- PLUGINS sets the plugins to load, defaults to “”;
- REMOTE_EDITOR sets the remote editor to use, defaults to “emacs”;
- LOCAL_EDITOR sets the local editor to use, defaults to “emacs”;
- clean removes the generated files:
- geometry-theme installs and sets the Geometry theme
Using Vagrant a test system can be installed in VirtualBox to test and preview the tools. The target will install Debian Jessie image in VirtualBox, run
make and enter the system via
ssh. The proxy environment variables mentioned above are passed to the system. After the user reviewed and exit the system, the system is removed.
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