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Command-Line ZSH Syntax Highlighting Is Dope!

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I’m a command-line power-user. I do more things with command line than I probably should. So, I have built a lot of small workflows to help me with daily stuff.

For example, Command-Line ZSH Syntax Highlighting is a total win. It helps me visualize if I am about to run a dangerous command rm -rf * (anyone?) β€” and also if a program exists in the $PATH or not.

 zsh-syntax-highlight

Syntax highlight in ZSH is awesome. It highlights what you’re tying in real time.

To use it, cloneΒ zsh-syntax-highlightingΒ from Github and add the following commands to yourΒ .zshrc. They’ll enable the common highlighters, and add a warning highlight when you try and useΒ rm -rf.

Happy hacking. Peace! ✌️

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  • noelspringer
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    noelspringer noelspringer

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    Hi Ahmad, zsh is cool. You might also like skwp.github.io/dotfiles/ (YADR). It uses Prezto github.com/sorin-ionescu/prezto and the ZSH Syntax Highlighting is incorporated by Prezto.

    YADR has a lot of neat git aliases and tweaks for Homebrew. Also, a very useful vimrc file if you use vim. Just the aliases are worth a look.

    I switched to YADR some time ago from Oh My ZSH and it’s noticeably faster.