- 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
The following files and directories are created by the default make target.
/etc/profile.d/proxy.shonly if any proxy environment variables were set;
.user_rcthe file is not removed or changed and is suppose to have user specific aliases and functions;
.user_zshrcthe 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
aptand Zsh to use the environment variables.
http_proxy="http://myproxy:8080"; https_proxy="http://myproxy:8080"; ftp_proxy="http://myproxy:8080"; no_proxy="localhost,127.0.0.1"; make
WORKsets the work directory, defaults to the user home directory;
THEMEsets the oh-my-zsh theme, defaults to “gentoo”;
PLUGINSsets the plugins to load, defaults to “”;
REMOTE_EDITORsets the remote editor to use, defaults to “emacs”;
LOCAL_EDITORsets the local editor to use, defaults to “emacs”;
cleanremoves the generated files:
geometry-themeinstalls 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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