November 9, 2017

Use Zsh in Emacs

I used to use vim with tmux in a terminal emulator. After changed to emacs. It didn’t take much time for me to realize that emacs in GUI works better.

The problem is I still want the old pattern. I tried about three times using my zsh shell in emacs. I’m not here telling those failed attempts. I want to write it down because of a recent discovery.

When I restructure my zsh configurations, I find the z-shell works fine with zero config. That’s when I finally discover that it’s the plugins and configurations that make zsh and emacs incompatible. What’s more, I find these lines below. They must come from some emacs package’s readme instruction. The original one is telling zsh don’t do something when it’s in emacs.

if [ -n "$INSIDE_EMACS" ]; then

So I thought, I can just use these line with my zsh configuration prezto. It works fine now after some little test. It turns out the default zsh-autocompletion is not playing well with emacs. I use the if...else code telling zsh don’t load autosuggestion while in emacs. And everything is fine now.

That’s it. Maybe I’ll dig in for getting autocompletion back in emacs someday.

November 9, 2017 shell zsh emacs

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