ZSHMODULES(1)                                                    ZSHMODULES(1)


       zshmodules - zsh loadable modules


       Some  optional  parts  of zsh are in modules, separate from the core of
       the shell.  Each of these modules may be linked  in  to  the  shell  at
       build  time, or can be dynamically linked while the shell is running if
       the installation supports this feature.  The modules that  are  bundled
       with the zsh distribution are:

              Builtins  for manipulating POSIX.1e (POSIX.6) capability (privi-
              lege) sets.

              A builtin that can clone a running shell onto another  terminal.

              The compctl builtin for controlling completion.

              The basic completion code.

              Completion listing extensions.

              A  module  with  utility  builtins needed for the shell function
              based completion system.

              Some date/time commands and parameters.

              A ZLE function duplicating EMACS’ zap-to-char.

              An example of how to write a module.

              Some basic file manipulation commands as builtins.

              Access to external files via a special associative array.

              Standard scientific functions for use  in  mathematical  evalua-

              Access to internal hash tables via special associative arrays.

              Interface to the PCRE library.

              A  builtin  that  provides a timed execution facility within the

              Manipulation of Unix domain sockets

              A builtin command interface to the stat system call.

              A builtin interface to various low-level system features.

              Manipulation of TCP sockets

              Interface to the termcap database.

              Interface to the terminfo database.

              A builtin FTP client.

              The Zsh Line Editor, including the bindkey and vared builtins.

              Access to internals of the Zsh Line Editor via parameters.

              A module allowing profiling for shell functions.

              A builtin for starting a command in a pseudo-terminal.

              Block and return when file descriptors are ready.

              Some utility builtins, e.g. the one for supporting configuration
              via styles.


       The zsh/cap module is used for manipulating POSIX.1e (POSIX.6) capabil-
       ity sets.  If the operating system does not support this interface, the
       builtins  defined by this module will do nothing.  The builtins in this
       module are:

       cap [ capabilities ]
              Change the shell’s process  capability  sets  to  the  specified
              capabilities,  otherwise  display  the shell’s current capabili-

       getcap filename ...
              This is a built-in implementation of the POSIX standard utility.
              It displays the capability sets on each specified filename.

       setcap capabilities filename ...
              This is a built-in implementation of the POSIX standard utility.
              It sets the capability sets on each specified  filename  to  the
              specified capabilities.


       The zsh/clone module makes available one builtin command:

       clone tty
              Creates  a forked instance of the current shell, attached to the
              specified tty.  In the new shell, the PID, PPID and TTY  special
              parameters  are changed appropriately.  $! is set to zero in the
              new shell, and to the new shell’s PID in the original shell.

              The return value of the builtin is zero in both shells  if  suc-
              cessful, and non-zero on error.

              The  target  of  clone  should be an unused terminal, such as an
              unused virtual console or a virtual terminal created by

              xterm -e sh -c ’trap : INT QUIT TSTP; tty;  while  :;  do  sleep
              100000000; done’

              Some  words  of  explanation are warranted about this long xterm
              command line: when doing clone on a pseudo-terminal, some  other
              session  ("session"  meant  as  a unix session group, or SID) is
              already owning the terminal. Hence the cloned zsh cannot acquire
              the pseudo-terminal as a controlling tty. That means two things:

              the job control signals will go to the sh-started-by-xterm  pro-
                    group  (that’s why we disable INT QUIT and TSTP with trap;
                    the while loop could get suspended or killed)

              the cloned shell will have job control disabled, and the job
                    control keys (control-C, control-\ and control-Z) will not

              This does not apply when cloning to an unused vc.

              Cloning  to an used (and unprepared) terminal will result in two
              processes reading simultaneously from the  same  terminal,  with
              input bytes going randomly to either process.

              clone  is  mostly  useful  as  a  shell built-in replacement for


       The zsh/compctl module makes available two builtin  commands.  compctl,
       is the old, deprecated way to control completions for ZLE.  See zshcom-
       pctl(1).   The  other  builtin  command,  compcall  can  be   used   in
       user-defined completion widgets, see zshcompwid(1).


       The  zsh/complete module makes available several builtin commands which
       can be used in user-defined completion widgets, see zshcompwid(1).


       The zsh/complist module offers three extensions to completion listings:
       the  ability to highlight matches in such a list, the ability to scroll
       through long lists and a different style of menu completion.

   Colored completion listings
       Whenever one of the parameters ZLS_COLORS or ZLS_COLOURS is set and the
       zsh/complist  module  is  loaded  or  linked into the shell, completion
       lists will be colored.  Note, however, that complist will not automati-
       cally  be loaded if it is not linked in:  on systems with dynamic load-
       ing, ‘zmodload zsh/complist’ is required.

       The parameters ZLS_COLORS and  ZLS_COLOURS  describe  how  matches  are
       highlighted.  To turn on highlighting an empty value suffices, in which
       case all the default values given below will be used.   The  format  of
       the value of these parameters is the same as used by the GNU version of
       the ls command: a colon-separated list of specifications  of  the  form
       ‘name=value’.   The  name  may be one of the following strings, most of
       which specify file types for which the value will be used.  The strings
       and their default values are:

       no 0   for  normal  text  (i.e.  when displaying something other than a
              matched file)

       fi 0   for regular files

       di 32  for directories

       ln 36  for symbolic links

       pi 31  for named pipes (FIFOs)

       so 33  for sockets

       bd 44;37
              for block devices

       cd 44;37
              for character devices

       ex 35  for executable files

       mi none
              for a non-existent file (default is the value defined for fi)

       lc \e[ for the left code (see below)

       rc m   for the right code

       tc 0   for the character indicating the file type  printed after  file-
              names if the LIST_TYPES option is set

       sp 0   for the spaces printed after matches to align the next column

       ec none
              for the end code

       Apart  from  these strings, the name may also be an asterisk (‘*’) fol-
       lowed by any string. The value given for such a string will be used for
       all  files  whose  name  ends with the string.  The name may also be an
       equals sign (‘=’) followed by a pattern.  The value given for this pat-
       tern  will  be  used for all matches (not just filenames) whose display
       string are matched by the pattern.  Definitions for both of these  take
       precedence over the values defined for file types and the form with the
       leading asterisk takes precedence over the form with the leading  equal

       The  last  form also allows different parts of the displayed strings to
       be colored differently.  For this, the pattern has to  use  the  ‘(#b)’
       globbing  flag  and  pairs  of parentheses surrounding the parts of the
       strings that are to be colored differently.  In this case the value may
       consist  of  more  than  one  color code separated by equal signs.  The
       first code will be used for all parts for which  no  explicit  code  is
       specified and the following codes will be used for the parts matched by
       the  sub-patterns  in  parentheses.   For  example,  the  specification
       ‘=(#b)(?)*(?)=0=3=7’  will  be  used for all matches which are at least
       two characters long and will use the code ‘3’ for the first  character,
       ‘7’ for the last character and ‘0’ for the rest.

       All  three  forms  of name may be preceded by a pattern in parentheses.
       If this is given, the value will be used only  for  matches  in  groups
       whose  names  are matched by the pattern given in the parentheses.  For
       example, ‘(g*)m*=43’ highlights  all  matches  beginning  with  ‘m’  in
       groups  whose names  begin with ‘g’ using the color code ‘43’.  In case
       of the ‘lc’, ‘rc’, and ‘ec’ codes, the group pattern is ignored.

       Note also that all patterns are tried in the order in which they appear
       in  the parameter value until the first one matches which is then used.

       When printing a match, the code prints the value of lc, the  value  for
       the  file-type or the last matching specification with a ‘*’, the value
       of rc, the string to display for the match itself, and then  the  value
       of  ec  if that is defined or the values of lc, no, and rc if ec is not

       The default values are ISO 6429 (ANSI) compliant and  can  be  used  on
       vt100 compatible terminals such as xterms.  On monochrome terminals the
       default values will have no visible effect.  The colors  function  from
       the  contribution  can be used to get associative arrays containing the
       codes for ANSI terminals (see the section ‘Other Functions’ in  zshcon-
       trib(1)).   For  example,  after  loading  colors, one could use ‘$col-
       ors[red]’  to  get  the  code  for  foreground  color  red  and  ‘$col-
       ors[bg-green]’ for the code for background color green.

       If  the completion system invoked by compinit is used, these parameters
       should not be set directly because the  system  controls  them  itself.
       Instead, the list-colors style should be used (see the section ‘Comple-
       tion System Configuration’ in zshcompsys(1)).

   Scrolling in completion listings
       To enable scrolling through a completion list, the LISTPROMPT parameter
       must  be set.  Its value will be used as the prompt; if it is the empty
       string, a default prompt will be used.  The value may  contain  escapes
       of  the  form  ‘%x’.   It  supports the escapes ‘%B’, ‘%b’, ‘%S’, ‘%s’,
       ‘%U’, ‘%u’ and ‘%{...%}’ used also in shell prompts as  well  as  three
       pairs of additional sequences: a ‘%l’ or ‘%L’ is replaced by the number
       of the last line shown and the total number of lines in the form  ‘num-
       ber/total’;  a  ‘%m’  or  ‘%M’  is replaced with the number of the last
       match shown and the total number  of  matches;  and  ‘%p’  or  ‘%P’  is
       replaced  with  ‘Top’, ‘Bottom’ or the position of the first line shown
       in percent of the total number of  lines,  respectively.   In  each  of
       these  cases the form with the uppercase letter will be replaced with a
       string of fixed width, padded to the right with spaces, while the  low-
       ercase form will not be padded.

       If the parameter LISTPROMPT is set, the completion code will not ask if
       the list should be shown.  Instead it immediately starts displaying the
       list,  stopping  after  the  first screenful, showing the prompt at the
       bottom, waiting for a  keypress  after  temporarily  switching  to  the
       listscroll  keymap.   Some  of the zle functions have a special meaning
       while scrolling lists:

              stops listing discarding the key pressed

       accept-line, down-history, down-line-or-history
       down-line-or-search, vi-down-line-or-history
              scrolls forward one line

       complete-word, menu-complete, expand-or-complete
       expand-or-complete-prefix, menu-complete-or-expand
              scrolls forward one screenful

       Every other character stops listing and immediately processes  the  key
       as  usual.   Any key that is not bound in the listscroll keymap or that
       is bound  to  undefined-key  is  looked  up  in  the  keymap  currently

       As for the ZLS_COLORS and ZLS_COLOURS parameters, LISTPROMPT should not
       be set directly when using the shell function based completion  system.
       Instead, the list-prompt style should be used.

   Menu selection
       The  zsh/complist  module also offers an alternative style of selecting
       matches from a list, called menu selection, which can be  used  if  the
       shell is set up to return to the last prompt after showing a completion
       list (see the ALWAYS_LAST_PROMPT option in zshoptions(1)).  It  can  be
       invoked  directly  by  the  widget  menu-select  defined by the module.
       Alternatively, the parameter MENUSELECT can be set to an integer, which
       gives  the  minimum  number of matches that must be present before menu
       selection is automatically turned on.  This second method requires that
       menu  completion  be  started,  either  directly  from a widget such as
       menu-complete, or due to one of the options MENU_COMPLETE or  AUTO_MENU
       being  set.  If MENUSELECT is set, but is 0, 1 or empty, menu selection
       will always be started during an ambiguous menu completion.

       When using the completion system based on shell functions, the  MENUSE-
       LECT  parameter should not be used (like the ZLS_COLORS and ZLS_COLOURS
       parameters described above).  Instead, the menu style  should  be  used
       with the select=... keyword.

       After  menu  selection is started, the matches will be listed. If there
       are more matches than fit on the screen, only the  first  screenful  is
       shown.   The  matches  to  insert into the command line can be selected
       from this list.  In the list one match is highlighted using  the  value
       for ma from the ZLS_COLORS or ZLS_COLOURS parameter.  The default value
       for this is ‘7’ which forces the selected match to be highlighted using
       standout  mode  on  a vt100-compatible terminal.  If neither ZLS_COLORS
       nor ZLS_COLOURS is set, the same terminal control sequence as  for  the
       ‘%S’ escape in prompts is used.

       If  there  are  more  matches  than fit on the screen and the parameter
       MENUPROMPT is set, its value will be shown below the matches.  It  sup-
       ports  the  same  escape sequences as LISTPROMPT, but the number of the
       match or line shown will be that of the one where the mark  is  placed.
       If its value is the empty string, a default prompt will be used.

       The  MENUSCROLL  parameter  can  be  used  to  specify  how the list is
       scrolled.  If the parameter is unset, this is done line by line, if  it
       is  set to ‘0’ (zero), the list will scroll half the number of lines of
       the screen.  If the value is positive, it gives the number of lines  to
       scroll  and  if it is negative, the list will be scrolled the number of
       lines of the screen minus the (absolute) value.

       As for the ZLS_COLORS, ZLS_COLOURS and LISTPROMPT  parameters,  neither
       MENUPROMPT  nor  MENUSCROLL should be set directly when using the shell
       function based  completion  system.   Instead,  the  select-prompt  and
       select-scroll styles should be used.

       The completion code sometimes decides not to show all of the matches in
       the list.  These hidden matches are either matches for which  the  com-
       pletion  function  which  added them explicitly requested that they not
       appear in the list (using the -n option of the compadd builtin command)
       or  they  are  matches  which  duplicate  a  string already in the list
       (because they differ only in things like prefixes or suffixes that  are
       not  displayed).   In  the  list used for menu selection, however, even
       these matches are shown so that it is  possible  to  select  them.   To
       highlight such matches the hi and du capabilities in the ZLS_COLORS and
       ZLS_COLOURS parameters are supported for hidden matches  of  the  first
       and second kind, respectively.

       Selecting matches is done by moving the mark around using the zle move-
       ment functions.  When not all matches can be shown on the screen at the
       same  time,  the  list will scroll up and down when crossing the top or
       bottom line.  The following zle functions have special  meaning  during
       menu selection:

              accepts the current match and leaves menu selection

              leaves  menu selection and restores the previous contents of the
              command line

       redisplay, clear-screen
              execute their normal function without leaving menu selection

       accept-and-hold, accept-and-menu-complete
              accept the  currently  inserted  match  and  continue  selection
              allowing to select the next match to insert into the line

              accepts  the  current  match and then tries completion with menu
              selection again;  in the case of files this allows one to select
              a directory and immediately attempt to complete files in it;  if
              there are no matches, a message is shown and one can use undo to
              go  back  to  completion  on the previous level, every other key
              leaves menu selection (including the other zle  functions  which
              are otherwise special during menu selection)

       undo   removes matches inserted during the menu selection by one of the
              three functions before

       down-history, down-line-or-history
       vi-down-line-or-history,  down-line-or-search
              moves the mark one line down

       up-history, up-line-or-history
       vi-up-line-or-history, up-line-or-search
              moves the mark one line up

       forward-char, vi-forward-char
              moves the mark one column right

       backward-char, vi-backward-char
              moves the mark one column left

       forward-word, vi-forward-word
       vi-forward-word-end, emacs-forward-word
              moves the mark one screenful down

       backward-word, vi-backward-word, emacs-backward-word
              moves the mark one screenful up

       vi-forward-blank-word, vi-forward-blank-word-end
              moves the mark to the first line of the next group of matches

              moves the mark to the last line of the previous group of matches

              moves the mark to the first line

              moves the mark to the last line

       beginning-of-buffer-or-history, beginning-of-line
       beginning-of-line-hist, vi-beginning-of-line
              moves the mark to the leftmost column

       end-of-buffer-or-history, end-of-line
       end-of-line-hist, vi-end-of-line
              moves the mark to the rightmost column

       complete-word, menu-complete, expand-or-complete
       expand-or-complete-prefix, menu-expand-or-complete
              moves the mark to the next match

              moves the mark to the previous match

              this toggles between normal and interactive mode; in interactive
              mode the keys bound to self-insert and self-insert-unmeta insert
              into  the  command  line  as  in normal editing mode but without
              leaving menu selection; after each character completion is tried
              again  and the list changes to contain only the new matches; the
              completion  widgets  make  the  longest  unambiguous  string  be
              inserted  in  the command line and undo and backward-delete-char
              go back to the previous set of matches

              history-incremental-search-backward  this   starts   incremental
              searches  in  the  list  of completions displayed; in this mode,
              accept-line only leaves incremental search, going  back  to  the
              normal menu selection mode

       All movement functions wrap around at the edges; any other zle function
       not listed leaves menu selection and executes  that  function.   It  is
       possible  to  make  widgets  in the above list do the same by using the
       form of the widget with a  ‘.’  in  front.   For  example,  the  widget
       ‘.accept-line’  has  the effect of leaving menu selection and accepting
       the entire command line.

       During this selection the widget uses the keymap menuselect.   Any  key
       that is not defined in this keymap or that is bound to undefined-key is
       looked up in the keymap currently selected.  This  is  used  to  ensure
       that  the  most important keys used during selection (namely the cursor
       keys, return, and TAB) have sensible defaults.  However,  keys  in  the
       menuselect  keymap  can  be modified directly using the bindkey builtin
       command (see zshmodules(1)). For example, to make the return key  leave
       menu selection without accepting the match currently selected one could

              bindkey -M menuselect ^M send-break

       after loading the zsh/complist module.


       The zsh/computil module adds several builtin commands that are used  by
       some  of  the  completion  functions  in the completion system based on
       shell functions (see  zshcompsys(1)  ).   Except  for  compquote  these
       builtin  commands  are  very  specialised and thus not very interesting
       when writing your own completion functions.  In summary, these  builtin
       commands are:

              This  is  used by the _arguments function to do the argument and
              command line parsing.  Like compdescribe it has an option -i  to
              do  the  parsing  and initialize some internal state and various
              options to access the state information to decide what should be

              This is used by the _describe function to build the displays for
              the matches and to get the strings to add as matches with  their
              options.   On  the first call one of the options -i or -I should
              be supplied as the first argument.  In the first  case,  display
              strings  without the descriptions will be generated, in the sec-
              ond case, the string used to separate  the  matches  from  their
              descriptions  must  be  given  as  the  second  argument and the
              descriptions (if any) will be shown.  All  other  arguments  are
              like the definition arguments to _describe itself.

              Once  compdescribe  has been called with either the -i or the -I
              option, it can be repeatedly called with the -g option  and  the
              names  of  five arrays as its arguments.  This will step through
              the different sets of matches and store the options in the first
              array,  the strings with descriptions in the second, the matches
              for these in the third, the strings without descriptions in  the
              fourth,  and the matches for them in the fifth array.  These are
              then directly given to compadd to register the matches with  the
              completion code.

              Used  by  the _path_files function to optimize complex recursive
              filename generation (globbing).  It does three things.  With the
              -p  and -P options it builds the glob patterns to use, including
              the paths already handled and trying to  optimize  the  patterns
              with  respect  to  the  prefix  and suffix from the line and the
              match specification currently used.   The  -i  option  does  the
              directory  tests  for the ignore-parents style and the -r option
              tests if a component for some of the matches are  equal  to  the
              string  on  the  line  and  removes all other matches if that is

              Used by the _tags function to implement  the  internals  of  the
              group-order  style.   This  only takes its arguments as names of
              completion groups and creates the groups for it (all six  types:
              sorted  and  unsorted,  both  without  removing duplicates, with
              removing all duplicates and  with  removing  consecutive  dupli-

       compquote [ -p ] names ...
              There  may be reasons to write completion functions that have to
              add the matches using the -Q option to compadd and perform quot-
              ing  themselves.  Instead of interpreting the first character of
              the all_quotes key of  the  compstate  special  association  and
              using  the  q  flag  for  parameter expansions, one can use this
              builtin command.  The arguments are the names of scalar or array
              parameters  and  the  values  of  these parameters are quoted as
              needed for the innermost quoting level.  If  the  -p  option  is
              given,  quoting  is  done  as if there is some prefix before the
              values of the parameters, so that a leading equal sign will  not
              be quoted.

              The return value is non-zero in case of an error and zero other-

              These implement the internals of the tags mechanism.

              Like comparguments, but for the _values function.


       The zsh/datetime module makes available one builtin command:

       strftime [ -s scalar ] format epochtime
              Output the date denoted by epochtime in the format specified.

              If -s scalar is given, assign the  date  to  scalar  instead  of
              printing it.

       The zsh/datetime module makes available one parameter:

              An  integer  value  representing the number of seconds since the


       The zsh/deltochar module makes available two ZLE functions:

              Read a character from the keyboard, and delete from  the  cursor
              position  up to and including the next (or, with repeat count n,
              the nth) instance of that  character.   Negative  repeat  counts
              mean delete backwards.

              This  behaves  like delete-to-char, except that the final occur-
              rence of the character itself is not deleted.


       The zsh/example module makes available one builtin command:

       example [ -flags ] [ args ... ]
              Displays the flags and arguments it is invoked with.

       The purpose of the module is to serve as an example of how to  write  a


       The   zsh/files  module  makes  some  standard  commands  available  as

       chgrp [ -Rs ] group filename ...
              Changes group of files specified.  This is equivalent  to  chown
              with a user-spec argument of ‘:group’.

       chown [ -Rs ] user-spec filename ...
              Changes ownership and group of files specified.

              The user-spec can be in four forms:

              user   change owner to user; do not change group
              user:: change owner to user; do not change group
              user:  change  owner  to  user;  change  group to user’s primary
                     change owner to user; change group to group
              :group do not change owner; change group to group

              In each case, the ‘:’ may instead be a ‘.’.  The rule is that if
              there  is a ‘:’ then the separator is ‘:’, otherwise if there is
              a ‘.’ then the separator is ‘.’, otherwise there is  no  separa-

              Each  of user and group may be either a username (or group name,
              as appropriate) or a decimal user ID (group ID).  Interpretation
              as  a name takes precedence, if there is an all-numeric username
              (or group name).

              The -R option causes chown to recursively descend into  directo-
              ries, changing the ownership of all files in the directory after
              changing the ownership of the directory itself.

              The -s option is a zsh extension  to  chown  functionality.   It
              enables  paranoid behaviour, intended to avoid security problems
              involving a chown being tricked into affecting files other  than
              the  ones intended.  It will refuse to follow symbolic links, so
              that (for example) ‘‘chown luser /tmp/foo/passwd’’  can’t  acci-
              dentally  chown  /etc/passwd if /tmp/foo happens to be a link to
              /etc.  It will also check where it is after leaving directories,
              so  that a recursive chown of a deep directory tree can’t end up
              recursively chowning /usr as a result of directories being moved
              up the tree.

       ln [ -dfis ] filename dest
       ln [ -dfis ] filename ... dir
              Creates  hard (or, with -s, symbolic) links.  In the first form,
              the specified destination is created, as a link to the specified
              filename.  In the second form, each of the filenames is taken in
              turn, and linked to a pathname in the specified  directory  that
              has the same last pathname component.

              Normally,  ln  will not attempt to create hard links to directo-
              ries.  This check can be overridden using the -d option.   Typi-
              cally  only the super-user can actually succeed in creating hard
              links to directories.  This does not apply to symbolic links  in
              any case.

              By  default, existing files cannot be replaced by links.  The -i
              option causes the user to be queried  about  replacing  existing
              files.   The  -f  option  causes  existing  files to be silently
              deleted, without querying.  -f takes precedence.

       mkdir [ -p ] [ -m mode ] dir ...
              Creates directories.  With the -p  option,  non-existing  parent
              directories are first created if necessary, and there will be no
              complaint if the directory already exists.  The -m option can be
              used  to  specify  (in  octal) a set of file permissions for the
              created directories, otherwise mode 777 modified by the  current
              umask (see umask(2)) is used.

       mv [ -fi ] filename dest
       mv [ -fi ] filename ... dir
              Moves files.  In the first form, the specified filename is moved
              to the specified destination.  In the second form, each  of  the
              filenames is taken in turn, and moved to a pathname in the spec-
              ified directory that has the same last pathname component.

              By default, the user will be queried before replacing  any  file
              that  the  user  cannot  write  to,  but  writable files will be
              silently removed.  The -i option causes the user to  be  queried
              about  replacing  any  existing files.  The -f option causes any
              existing files to be silently  deleted,  without  querying.   -f
              takes precedence.

              Note  that this mv will not move files across devices.  Histori-
              cal versions of mv, when actual  renaming  is  impossible,  fall
              back  on  copying  and  removing  files;  if  this  behaviour is
              desired, use cp and rm manually.  This may change  in  a  future

       rm [ -dfirs ] filename ...
              Removes files and directories specified.

              Normally,  rm  will  not  remove directories (except with the -r
              option).  The -d option causes rm to  try  removing  directories
              with  unlink  (see  unlink(2)),  the same method used for files.
              Typically only the super-user can actually succeed in  unlinking
              directories in this way.  -d takes precedence over -r.

              By  default,  the  user will be queried before removing any file
              that the user cannot  write  to,  but  writable  files  will  be
              silently  removed.   The -i option causes the user to be queried
              about removing any files.  The -f  option  causes  files  to  be
              silently  deleted,  without  querying,  and suppresses all error
              indications.  -f takes precedence.

              The -r option causes rm to recursively descend into directories,
              deleting  all  files in the directory before removing the direc-
              tory with the rmdir system call (see rmdir(2)).

              The -s option is  a  zsh  extension  to  rm  functionality.   It
              enables  paranoid  behaviour,  intended to avoid common security
              problems involving a root-run rm  being  tricked  into  removing
              files  other  than  the ones intended.  It will refuse to follow
              symbolic links, so that  (for  example)  ‘‘rm  /tmp/foo/passwd’’
              can’t  accidentally remove /etc/passwd if /tmp/foo happens to be
              a link to /etc.  It will also check where it  is  after  leaving
              directories,  so  that  a  recursive removal of a deep directory
              tree can’t end up recursively  removing  /usr  as  a  result  of
              directories being moved up the tree.

       rmdir dir ...
              Removes empty directories specified.

       sync   Calls  the  system  call  of  the same name (see sync(2)), which
              flushes dirty buffers to disk.  It might return before  the  I/O
              has actually been completed.


       The zsh/mapfile module provides one special associative array parameter
       of the same name.

              This associative array takes as keys the  names  of  files;  the
              resulting  value  is  the  content  of  the  file.  The value is
              treated identically to any other text coming from  a  parameter.
              The  value  may  also  be assigned to, in which case the file in
              question is written (whether or not it originally  existed);  or
              an element may be unset, which will delete the file in question.
              For example, ‘vared mapfile[myfile]’ works as expected,  editing
              the file ‘myfile’.

              When the array is accessed as a whole, the keys are the names of
              files in the current directory, and the  values  are  empty  (to
              save  a  huge  overhead  in memory).  Thus ${(k)mapfile} has the
              same affect as the glob operator  *(D),  since  files  beginning
              with a dot are not special.  Care must be taken with expressions
              such as rm ${(k)mapfile}, which will delete every  file  in  the
              current directory without the usual ‘rm *’ test.

              The parameter mapfile may be made read-only; in that case, files
              referenced may not be written or deleted.

       Although reading and writing of the file  in  question  is  efficiently
       handled,  zsh’s  internal memory management may be arbitrarily baroque.
       Thus it should not automatically be assumed that use of mapfile  repre-
       sents  a gain in efficiency over use of other mechanisms.  Note in par-
       ticular that the whole contents of the file will always  reside  physi-
       cally in memory when accessed (possibly multiple times, due to standard
       parameter substitution operations).  In particular, this means handling
       of  sufficiently  long files (greater than the machine’s swap space, or
       than the range of the pointer type) will be incorrect.

       No errors are printed  or  flagged  for  non-existent,  unreadable,  or
       unwritable  files,  as  the parameter mechanism is too low in the shell
       execution hierarchy to make this convenient.

       It is unfortunate that the mechanism for loading modules does  not  yet
       allow  the  user to specify the name of the shell parameter to be given
       the special behaviour.


       The zsh/mathfunc module provides standard  mathematical  functions  for
       use when evaluating mathematical formulae.  The syntax agrees with nor-
       mal C and FORTRAN conventions, for example,

              (( f = sin(0.3) ))

       assigns the sine of 0.3 to the parameter f.

       Most functions take floating point  arguments  and  return  a  floating
       point  value.   However,  any  necessary conversions from or to integer
       type will be performed automatically by the  shell.   Apart  from  atan
       with  a second argument and the abs, int and float functions, all func-
       tions behave as noted in the manual page for the corresponding C  func-
       tion,  except that any arguments out of range for the function in ques-
       tion will be detected by the shell and an error reported.

       The following functions take a single floating  point  argument:  acos,
       acosh, asin, asinh, atan, atanh, cbrt, ceil, cos, cosh, erf, erfc, exp,
       expm1, fabs, floor, gamma, j0, j1, lgamma,  log,  log10,  log1p,  logb,
       sin,  sinh,  sqrt, tan, tanh, y0, y1.  The atan function can optionally
       take a second argument, in which case it behaves like  the  C  function
       atan2.   The ilogb function takes a single floating point argument, but
       returns an integer.

       The function signgam takes no arguments, and returns an integer,  which
       is  the  C  variable  of the same name, as described in gamma(3).  Note
       that it is therefore only useful immediately after a call to  gamma  or
       lgamma.   Note also that ‘signgam()’ and ‘signgam’ are distinct expres-

       The following functions take two floating  point  arguments:  copysign,
       fmod, hypot, nextafter.

       The  following take an integer first argument and a floating point sec-
       ond argument: jn, yn.

       The following take a floating point first argument and an integer  sec-
       ond argument: ldexp, scalb.

       The  function  abs does not convert the type of its single argument; it
       returns the absolute value of either a  floating  point  number  or  an
       integer.   The  functions  float and int convert their arguments into a
       floating point or integer value (by truncation) respectively.

       Note that the C pow function is available in ordinary  math  evaluation
       as the ‘**’ operator and is not provided here.

       The  function rand48 is available if your system’s mathematical library
       has the function erand48(3).  It returns a pseudo-random floating point
       number between 0 and 1.  It takes a single string optional argument.

       If  the  argument is not present, the random number seed is initialised
       by three calls to the rand(3) function --- this produces the same  ran-
       dom numbers as the next three values of $RANDOM.

       If  the  argument  is  present, it gives the name of a scalar parameter
       where the current random number seed will  be  stored.   On  the  first
       call,  the  value  must contain at least twelve hexadecimal digits (the
       remainder of the string is ignored), or the seed will be initialised in
       the  same  manner as for a call to rand48 with no argument.  Subsequent
       calls to rand48(param) will then maintain the  seed  in  the  parameter
       param as a string of twelve hexadecimal digits, with no base signifier.
       The random number sequences for  different  parameters  are  completely
       independent, and are also independent from that used by calls to rand48
       with no argument.

       For example, consider

              print $(( rand48(seed) ))
              print $(( rand48() ))
              print $(( rand48(seed) ))

       Assuming $seed does not exist, it will  be  initialised  by  the  first
       call.   In the second call, the default seed is initialised; note, how-
       ever, that because of the properties of rand() there is  a  correlation
       between  the seeds used for the two initialisations, so for more secure
       uses, you should generate  your  own  12-byte  seed.   The  third  call
       returns  to the same sequence of random numbers used in the first call,
       unaffected by the intervening rand48().


       The zsh/parameter module gives access to  some  of  the  internal  hash
       tables used by the shell by defining some special parameters.

              The keys for this associative array are the names of the options
              that can  be  set  and  unset  using  the  setopt  and  unsetopt
              builtins.  The  value of each key is either the string on if the
              option is currently set, or the string  off  if  the  option  is
              unset.  Setting a key to one of these strings is like setting or
              unsetting the option, respectively.  Unsetting  a  key  in  this
              array is like setting it to the value off.

              This  array gives access to the command hash table. The keys are
              the names of external commands, the values are the pathnames  of
              the  files  that  would  be  executed  when the command would be
              invoked. Setting a key in this array defines a new entry in this
              table  in the same way as with the hash builtin. Unsetting a key
              as in ‘unset "commands[foo]"’ removes the entry  for  the  given
              key from the command hash table.

              This  associative array maps names of enabled functions to their
              definitions. Setting a key in it is  like  defining  a  function
              with  the name given by the key and the body given by the value.
              Unsetting a key removes the definition for the function named by
              the key.

              Like functions but for disabled functions.

              This  associative array gives information about the builtin com-
              mands currently enabled. The keys are the names of  the  builtin
              commands  and the values are either ‘undefined’ for builtin com-
              mands that will automatically be loaded from a module if invoked
              or ‘defined’ for builtin commands that are already loaded.

              Like builtins but for disabled builtin commands.

              This array contains the enabled reserved words.

              Like reswords but for disabled reserved words.

              This  maps the names of the regular aliases currently enabled to
              their expansions.

              Like aliases but for disabled regular aliases.

              Like aliases, but for global aliases.

              Like galiases but for disabled global aliases.

              Like raliases, but for suffix aliases.

              Like saliases but for disabled suffix aliases.

              The keys in this associative array are the names of the  parame-
              ters  currently  defined.  The values are strings describing the
              type of the parameter, in the same format used by the t  parame-
              ter  flag,  see  zshexpn(1) .  Setting or unsetting keys in this
              array is not possible.

              An associative array giving information about modules. The  keys
              are   the   names  of  the  modules  loaded,  registered  to  be
              autoloaded, or aliased. The value says  which  state  the  named
              module  is  in and is one of the strings ‘loaded’, ‘autoloaded’,
              or ‘alias:name’, where name is the name the  module  is  aliased

              Setting or unsetting keys in this array is not possible.

              A normal array holding the elements of the directory stack. Note
              that the output of the dirs builtin command  includes  one  more
              directory, the current working directory.

              This  associative  array  maps history event numbers to the full
              history lines.

              A special array containing the words stored in the history.

              This associative array maps job numbers to the directories  from
              which  the  job was started (which may not be the current direc-
              tory of the job).

              This associative array maps job numbers to the texts of the com-
              mand lines that were used to start the jobs.

              This associative array gives information about the states of the
              jobs currently known. The keys are the job numbers and the  val-
              ues  are  strings of the form ‘job-state:mark:pid=state...’. The
              job-state gives the state the whole job is currently in, one  of
              ‘running’,  ‘suspended’, or ‘done’. The mark is ‘+’ for the cur-
              rent job, ‘-’ for the previous job and empty otherwise. This  is
              followed  by  one  ‘pid=state’ for every process in the job. The
              pids are, of course, the process IDs and the state describes the
              state of that process.

              This  associative  array  maps the names of named directories to
              the pathnames they stand for.

              This associative array maps user names to the pathnames of their
              home directories.

              This  array  contains the names of the functions currently being
              executed. The first element is the name of  the  function  using
              the parameter.


       The zsh/pcre module makes some commands available as builtins:

       pcre_compile [ -aimx ] PCRE
              Compiles a perl-compatible regular expression.

              Option -a will force the pattern to be anchored.  Option -i will
              compile a case-insensitive pattern.  Option -m  will  compile  a
              multi-line  pattern; that is, ^ and $ will match newlines within
              the pattern.   Option  -x  will  compile  an  extended  pattern,
              wherein whitespace and # comments are ignored.

              Studies  the previously-compiled PCRE which may result in faster

       pcre_match [ -a arr ] string
              Returns successfully if string matches  the  previously-compiled

              If   the  expression  captures  substrings  within  parentheses,
              pcre_match will set the array $match to those substrings, unless
              the -a option is given, in which case it will set the array arr.

       The zsh/pcre module makes available the following test condition:
       expr -pcre-match pcre
              Matches a string against a perl-compatible regular expression.

              For example,

              [[ "$text" -pcre-match ^d+$ ]] && print text  variable  contains
              only "d’s".


       The zsh/sched module makes available one builtin command:

       sched [+]hh:mm command ...
       sched [ -item ]
              Make an entry in the scheduled list of commands to execute.  The
              time may be specified in either absolute or relative time.  With
              no  arguments,  prints the list of scheduled commands.  With the
              argument ‘-item’, removes the given item from the list.


       The zsh/net/socket module makes available one builtin command:

       zsocket [ -altv ] [ -d fd ] [ args ]
              zsocket is implemented as a builtin to allow full use  of  shell
              command line editing, file I/O, and job control mechanisms.

   Outbound Connections
       zsocket [ -v ] [ -d fd ] filename
              Open a new Unix domain connection to filename.  The shell param-
              eter REPLY will be set to the file  descriptor  associated  with
              that  connection.   Currently,  only stream connections are sup-

              If -d is specified, its argument will be  taken  as  the  target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

   Inbound Connections
       zsocket -l [ -v ] [ -d fd ] filename
              zsocket  -l will open a socket listening on filename.  The shell
              parameter REPLY will be set to the  file  descriptor  associated
              with that listener.

              If  -d  is  specified,  its argument will be taken as the target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

       zsocket -a [ -tv ] [ -d targetfd ] listenfd
              zsocket -a will accept an  incoming  connection  to  the  socket
              associated with listenfd.  The shell parameter REPLY will be set
              to the file descriptor associated with the inbound connection.

              If -d is specified, its argument will be  taken  as  the  target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              If  -t  is specified, zsocket will return if no incoming connec-
              tion is pending.  Otherwise it will wait for one.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.


       The zsh/stat module makes available one builtin command:

       stat [ -gnNolLtTrs ] [ -f fd ] [ -H hash ] [ -A array ] [ -F  fmt  ]  [
       +element ] [ file ... ]
              The command acts as a front end to the  stat  system  call  (see
              stat(2)).   If the stat call fails, the appropriate system error
              message printed and status 1 is returned.  The fields of  struct
              stat  give  information about the files provided as arguments to
              the command.  In addition to those available from the stat call,
              an extra element ‘link’ is provided.  These elements are:

              device The number of the device on which the file resides.

              inode  The  unique  number  of  the file on this device (‘inode’

              mode   The mode of the file; that is, the file’s type and access
                     permissions.   With  the -s option, this will be returned
                     as a string corresponding to the first column in the dis-
                     play of the ls -l command.

              nlink  The number of hard links to the file.

              uid    The  user  ID  of  the  owner  of  the file.  With the -s
                     option, this is displayed as a user name.

              gid    The group ID of the file.  With the -s  option,  this  is
                     displayed as a group name.

              rdev   The  raw  device number.  This is only useful for special

              size   The size of the file in bytes.

              ctime  The last access, modification and inode change  times  of
                     the  file,  respectively,  as the number of seconds since
                     midnight GMT on 1st January, 1970.  With the  -s  option,
                     these are printed as strings for the local time zone; the
                     format can be altered with the -F option, and with the -g
                     option the times are in GMT.

                     The number of bytes in one allocation block on the device
                     on which the file resides.

              block  The number of disk blocks used by the file.

              link   If the file is a link and the -L  option  is  in  effect,
                     this  contains  the name of the file linked to, otherwise
                     it is empty.  Note  that  if  this  element  is  selected
                     (‘‘stat  +link’’)  then  the  -L  option is automatically

              A particular element may be selected by including its name  pre-
              ceded  by a ‘+’ in the option list; only one element is allowed.
              The element may be shortened to any unique set of leading  char-
              acters.  Otherwise, all elements will be shown for all files.


              -A array
                     Instead  of  displaying  the  results on standard output,
                     assign them to an array,  one  struct  stat  element  per
                     array  element for each file in order.  In this case nei-
                     ther the name of the element nor the name  of  the  files
                     appears  in array unless the -t or -n options were given,
                     respectively.  If -t is given, the element  name  appears
                     as  a  prefix  to the appropriate array element; if -n is
                     given, the file name appears as a separate array  element
                     preceding  all  the others.  Other formatting options are

              -H hash
                     Similar to -A, but instead assign  the  values  to  hash.
                     The keys are the elements listed above.  If the -n option
                     is provided then the name of the file is included in  the
                     hash with key name.

              -f fd  Use  the  file  on  file  descriptor  fd instead of named
                     files; no list of file names is allowed in this case.

              -F fmt Supplies a strftime (see strftime(3)) string for the for-
                     matting  of the time elements.  The -s option is implied.

              -g     Show the time elements in the  GMT  time  zone.   The  -s
                     option is implied.

              -l     List  the  names of the type elements (to standard output
                     or an  array  as  appropriate)  and  return  immediately;
                     options other than -A and arguments are ignored.

              -L     Perform an lstat (see lstat(2)) rather than a stat system
                     call.  In this case, if the file is a  link,  information
                     about  the  link  itself  rather  than the target file is
                     returned.  This option is required to make the link  ele-
                     ment useful.

              -n     Always  show  the names of files.  Usually these are only
                     shown when output is to standard output and there is more
                     than one file in the list.

              -N     Never show the names of files.

              -o     If a raw file mode is printed, show it in octal, which is
                     more useful for human consumption  than  the  default  of
                     decimal.   A  leading  zero will be printed in this case.
                     Note that this does not affect whether a raw or formatted
                     file  mode is shown, which is controlled by the -r and -s
                     options, nor whether a mode is shown at all.

              -r     Print raw data (the default format) alongside string data
                     (the  -s  format); the string data appears in parentheses
                     after the raw data.

              -s     Print mode, uid, gid  and  the  three  time  elements  as
                     strings  instead  of numbers.  In each case the format is
                     like that of ls -l.

              -t     Always show the type names for  the  elements  of  struct
                     stat.   Usually  these  are  only shown when output is to
                     standard  output  and  no  individual  element  has  been

              -T     Never show the type names of the struct stat elements.


       The  zsh/system  module  makes  available  three builtin commands and a


       syserror [ -e errvar ] [ -p prefix ] [ errno | errname ]
              This command prints out the error message associated with errno,
              a  system error number, followed by a newline to standard error.

              Instead of the error number, a name errname, for example ENOENT,
              may  be  used.   The set of names is the same as the contents of
              the array errnos, see below.

              If the string prefix is given, it is printed  in  front  of  the
              error message, with no intervening space.

              If errvar is supplied, the entire message, without a newline, is
              assigned to the parameter names errvar and nothing is output.

              A return value of  0  indicates  the  message  was  successfully
              printed  (although  it may not be useful if the error number was
              out of the system’s range), a return value  of  1  indicates  an
              error  in  the parameters, and a return value of 2 indicates the
              error name was not recognised (no message is printed for  this).

       sysread [ -c countvar ] [ -i infd ] [ -o outfd ]
         [ -s bufsize ] [ -t timeout ] [ param ]
              Perform  a single system read from file descriptor infd, or zero
              if that is not given.  The result of the read is stored in param
              or REPLY if that is not given.  If countvar is given, the number
              of bytes read is assigned to the parameter named by countvar.

              The maximum number of bytes read is bufsize or 8192 if  that  is
              not  given, however the command returns as soon as any number of
              bytes was successfully read.

              If timeout is given, it specifies a timeout  in  seconds,  which
              may be zero to poll the file descriptor.  This is handled by the
              poll system call if available, otherwise the select system  call
              if available.

              If  outfd  is  given,  an attempt is made to write all the bytes
              just read to the file descriptor outfd.  If this fails,  because
              of a system error other than EINTR or because of an internal zsh
              error during an interrupt, the bytes read but  not  written  are
              stored  in  the parameter named by param if supplied (no default
              is used in this case), and the number  of  bytes  read  but  not
              written  is stored in the parameter named by countvar if that is
              supplied.  If it was successful, countvar contains the full num-
              ber of bytes transferred, as usual, and param is not set.

              The  error EINTR (interrupted system call) is handled internally
              so that shell interrupts are transparent  to  the  caller.   Any
              other error causes a return.

              The possible return values are
              0      At  least  one byte of data was successfully read and, if
                     appropriate, written.

              1      There was an error in  the  parameters  to  the  command.
                     This  is the only error for which a message is printed to
                     standard error.

              2      There was an error on the read, or on polling  the  input
                     file descriptor for a timeout.  The parameter ERRNO gives
                     the error.

              3      Data were successfully read, but there was an error writ-
                     ing  them to outfd.  The parameter ERRNO gives the error.

              4      The attempt to read timed out.  Note this  does  not  set
                     ERRNO as this is not a system error.

              5      No system error occurred, but zero bytes were read.  This
                     usually indicates end of file.  The  parameters  are  set
                     according  to  the  usual  rules;  no  write  to outfd is

       syswrite [ -c countvar ] [ -o outfd ] data
              The data (a single string of bytes)  are  written  to  the  file
              descriptor  outfd,  or  1  if that is not given, using the write
              system call.  Multiple write operations may be used if the first
              does not write all the data.

              If  countvar  is  given, the number of byte written is stored in
              the parameter named by countvar; this may not be the full length
              of data if an error occurred.

              The  error EINTR (interrupted system call) is handled internally
              by retrying; otherwise an error causes the  command  to  return.
              For  example, if the file descriptor is set to non-blocking out-
              put, an error EAGAIN (on some systems, EWOULDBLOCK)  may  result
              in the command returning early.

              The  return  status  may be 0 for success, 1 for an error in the
              parameters to the command, or 2 for an error on  the  write;  no
              error  message  is  printed  in the last case, but the parameter
              ERRNO will reflect the error that occurred.


       errnos A readonly array of the names of errors defined on  the  system.
              These  are typically macros defined in C by including the system
              header file errno.h.  The  index  of  each  name  (assuming  the
              option  KSH_ARRAYS  is  unset)  corresponds to the error number.
              Error numbers num before the last known error which have no name
              are given the name Enum in the array.

              Note that aliases for errors are not handled; only the canonical
              name is used.


       The zsh/net/tcp module makes available one builtin command:

       ztcp [ -acflLtv ] [ -d fd ] [ args ]
              ztcp is implemented as a builtin to allow full use of shell com-
              mand line editing, file I/O, and job control mechanisms.

              If  ztcp  is run with no options, it will output the contents of
              its session table.

              If it is run with only the option -L, it will  output  the  con-
              tents  of  the  session table in a format suitable for automatic
              parsing.  The option is ignored if given with a command to  open
              or  close a session.  The output consists of a set of lines, one
              per session, each containing the following elements separated by

              File descriptor
                     The  file descriptor in use for the connection.  For nor-
                     mal inbound (I) and outbound (O) connections this may  be
                     read and written by the usual shell mechanisms.  However,
                     it should only be close with ‘ztcp -c’.

              Connection type
                     A letter indicating how the session was created:

                      Z      A session created with the zftp command.

                      L      A connection opened for listening with ‘ztcp -l’.

                      I      An inbound connection accepted with ‘ztcp -a’.

                      O      An  outbound  connection  created with ‘ztcp host

              The local host
                     This is usually set to an  all-zero  IP  address  as  the
                     address of the localhost is irrelevant.

              The local port
                     This  is  likely  to be zero unless the connection is for

              The remote host
                     This is the fully qualified domain name of the  peer,  if
                     available,  else  an  IP  address.   It is an all-zero IP
                     address for a session opened for listening.

              The remote port
                     This is zero for a connection opened for listening.

   Outbound Connections
       ztcp [ -v ] [ -d fd ] host [ port ]
              Open a new TCP connection to host.  If the port is  omitted,  it
              will  default  to  port 23.  The connection will be added to the
              session table and the shell parameter REPLY will be set  to  the
              file descriptor associated with that connection.

              If  -d  is  specified,  its argument will be taken as the target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

   Inbound Connections
       ztcp -l [ -v ] [ -d fd ] port
              ztcp -l will open a socket listening on TCP  port.   The  socket
              will be added to the session table and the shell parameter REPLY
              will be set to the file descriptor  associated  with  that  lis-

              If  -d  is  specified,  its argument will be taken as the target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

       ztcp -a [ -tv ] [ -d targetfd ] listenfd
              ztcp -a will accept an incoming connection to the  port  associ-
              ated with listenfd.  The connection will be added to the session
              table and the shell parameter REPLY will  be  set  to  the  file
              descriptor associated with the inbound connection.

              If  -d  is  specified,  its argument will be taken as the target
              file descriptor for the connection.

              If -t is specified, ztcp will return if no  incoming  connection
              is pending.  Otherwise it will wait for one.

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

   Closing Connections
       ztcp -cf [ -v ] [ fd ]
       ztcp -c [ -v ] [ fd ]
              ztcp  -c  will  close the socket associated with fd.  The socket
              will be removed from the session table.  If fd is not specified,
              ztcp will close everything in the session table.

              Normally, sockets registered by zftp (see zshmodules(1) ) cannot
              be closed this way.  In order to force such a socket closed, use

              In order to elicit more verbose output, use -v.

       Here  is  how  to create a TCP connection between two instances of zsh.
       We need to pick an unassigned port; here we  use  the  randomly  chosen

       On host1,
              zmodload zsh/net/tcp
              ztcp -l 5123
              ztcp -a $listenfd
       The  second from last command blocks until there is an incoming connec-

       Now create a connection from host2 (which may, of course, be  the  same
              zmodload zsh/net/tcp
              ztcp host1 5123

       Now  on  each  host,  $fd contains a file descriptor for talking to the
       other.  For example, on host1:
              print This is a message >&$fd
       and on host2:
              read -r line <&$fd; print -r - $line
       prints ‘This is a message’.

       To tidy up, on host1:
              ztcp -c $listenfd
              ztcp -c $fd
       and on host2
              ztcp -c $fd


       The zsh/termcap module makes available one builtin command:

       echotc cap [ arg ... ]
              Output the termcap value corresponding to  the  capability  cap,
              with optional arguments.

       The zsh/termcap module makes available one parameter:

              An associative array that maps termcap capability codes to their


       The zsh/terminfo module makes available one builtin command:

       echoti cap [ arg ]
              Output the terminfo value corresponding to the  capability  cap,
              instantiated with arg if applicable.

       The zsh/terminfo module makes available one parameter:

              An  associative  array  that  maps  terminfo capability names to
              their values.


       The zsh/zftp module makes available one builtin command:

       zftp subcommand [ args ]
              The zsh/zftp module is a client for FTP  (file  transfer  proto-
              col).  It is implemented as a builtin to allow full use of shell
              command line editing, file  I/O,  and  job  control  mechanisms.
              Often, users will access it via shell functions providing a more
              powerful interface; a set is provided with the zsh  distribution
              and is described in zshzftpsys(1).  However, the zftp command is
              entirely usable in its own right.

              All commands consist of the command name zftp  followed  by  the
              name  of a subcommand.  These are listed below.  The return sta-
              tus of each subcommand is supposed to  reflect  the  success  or
              failure of the remote operation.  See a description of the vari-
              able ZFTP_VERBOSE for more information on how responses from the
              server may be printed.

       open host[:port] [ user [ password [ account ] ] ]
              Open  a  new  FTP  session  to  host, which may be the name of a
              TCP/IP connected host or an IP number in the standard dot  nota-
              tion.   If the argument is in the form host:port, open a connec-
              tion to TCP port port instead of the standard FTP port 21.  This
              may  be the name of a TCP service or a number:  see the descrip-
              tion of ZFTP_PORT below for more information.

              If IPv6 addresses in colon format are used, the host  should  be
              surrounded  by quoted square brackets to distinguish it from the
              port, for example [fe80::203:baff:fe02:8b56].  For consistency
              this is allowed with all forms of host.

              Remaining  arguments  are  passed to the login subcommand.  Note
              that if no arguments beyond host are  supplied,  open  will  not
              automatically  call login.  If no arguments at all are supplied,
              open will use the parameters set by the params subcommand.

              After  a  successful  open,  the  shell   variables   ZFTP_HOST,
              ZFTP_PORT,  ZFTP_IP  and  ZFTP_SYSTEM  are available; see ‘Vari-
              ables’ below.

       login [ name [ password [ account ] ] ]
       user [ name [ password [ account ] ] ]
              Login the user name with parameters password and  account.   Any
              of the parameters can be omitted, and will be read from standard
              input if needed (name is always needed).  If standard input is a
              terminal,  a  prompt  for  each  one will be printed on standard
              error and password will not be echoed.  If any of the parameters
              are not used, a warning message is printed.

              After   a  successful  login,  the  shell  variables  ZFTP_USER,
              ZFTP_ACCOUNT and ZFTP_PWD are available; see ‘Variables’  below.

              This  command may be re-issued when a user is already logged in,
              and the server will first be reinitialized for a new user.

       params [ host [ user [ password [ account ] ] ] ]
       params -
              Store the given parameters for a  later  open  command  with  no
              arguments.   Only  those  given  on  the  command  line  will be
              remembered.  If no arguments are given, the parameters currently
              set  are printed, although the password will appear as a line of
              stars; the return value is one if no parameters were  set,  zero

              Any  of the parameters may be specified as a ‘?’, which may need
              to be quoted to protect it from shell expansion.  In this  case,
              the  appropriate  parameter  will be read from stdin as with the
              login subcommand, including special handling  of  password.   If
              the  ‘?’ is followed by a string, that is used as the prompt for
              reading the parameter instead of the default message (any neces-
              sary punctuation and whitespace should be included at the end of
              the prompt).  The first letter of the parameter  (only)  may  be
              quoted  with  a ‘\’; hence an argument "\\$word" guarantees that
              the string from the shell parameter $word will be treated liter-
              ally, whether or not it begins with a ‘?’.

              If  instead  a  single ‘-’ is given, the existing parameters, if
              any, are deleted.  In that case, calling open with no  arguments
              will cause an error.

              The  list of parameters is not deleted after a close, however it
              will be deleted if the zsh/zftp module is unloaded.

              For example,

                     zftp params ftp.elsewhere.xx juser ?Password for juser: 

              will store the host ftp.elsewhere.xx and the user juser and then
              prompt  the  user  for the corresponding password with the given

       test   Test the connection; if the server  has  reported  that  it  has
              closed the connection (maybe due to a timeout), return status 2;
              if no connection was open anyway, return status 1;  else  return
              status  0.   The  test subcommand is silent, apart from messages
              printed by the $ZFTP_VERBOSE mechanism, or error messages if the
              connection  closes.  There is no network overhead for this test.

              The test is only supported on systems with either the  select(2)
              or poll(2) system calls; otherwise the message ‘not supported on
              this system’ is printed instead.

              The test subcommand will automatically be called at the start of
              any  other  subcommand for the current session when a connection
              is open.

       cd directory
              Change the remote directory to directory.  Also alters the shell
              variable ZFTP_PWD.

       cdup   Change  the  remote directory to the one higher in the directory
              tree.  Note that cd .. will also work correctly on non-UNIX sys-

       dir [ args... ]
              Give  a (verbose) listing of the remote directory.  The args are
              passed directly to the server. The command’s behaviour is imple-
              mentation  dependent, but a UNIX server will typically interpret
              args as arguments to the ls command and with no arguments return
              the  result of ‘ls -l’. The directory is listed to standard out-

       ls [ args ]
              Give a (short) listing of the remote directory.  With  no  args,
              produces a raw list of the files in the directory, one per line.
              Otherwise, up to vagaries of the server implementation,  behaves
              similar to dir.

       type [ type ]
              Change  the  type for the transfer to type, or print the current
              type if type is absent.  The allowed values are ‘A’ (ASCII), ‘I’
              (Image, i.e. binary), or ‘B’ (a synonym for ‘I’).

              The FTP default for a transfer is ASCII.  However, if zftp finds
              that the remote host is a UNIX machine with 8-bit byes, it  will
              automatically  switch  to  using  binary for file transfers upon
              open.  This can subsequently be overridden.

              The transfer type is only passed to the remote host when a  data
              connection  is  established;  this  command  involves no network

       ascii  The same as type A.

       binary The same as type I.

       mode [ S | B ]
              Set the mode type to stream (S) or block (B).   Stream  mode  is
              the default; block mode is not widely supported.

       remote files...
       local [ files... ]
              Print the size and last modification time of the remote or local
              files.  If there is more than one item on the list, the name  of
              the  file  is printed first.  The first number is the file size,
              the second is the last modification time of the file in the for-
              mat  CCYYMMDDhhmmSS  consisting of year, month, date, hour, min-
              utes and seconds in GMT.  Note that this format,  including  the
              length, is guaranteed, so that time strings can be directly com-
              pared via the [[ builtin’s < and > operators, even if  they  are
              too long to be represented as integers.

              Not  all servers support the commands for retrieving this infor-
              mation.  In that case, the remote command will print nothing and
              return status 2, compared with status 1 for a file not found.

              The  local  command  (but  not remote) may be used with no argu-
              ments, in which case the information comes from  examining  file
              descriptor zero.  This is the same file as seen by a put command
              with no further redirection.

       get file [...]
              Retrieve all files from the server, concatenating them and send-
              ing them to standard output.

       put file [...]
              For  each file, read a file from standard input and send that to
              the remote host with the given name.

       append file [...]
              As put, but if the remote file already exists, data is  appended
              to it instead of overwriting it.

       getat file point
       putat file point
       appendat file point
              Versions of get, put and append which will start the transfer at
              the given point in the remote file.  This is useful for  append-
              ing  to an incomplete local file.  However, note that this abil-
              ity is not universally supported by servers (and  is  not  quite
              the behaviour specified by the standard).

       delete file [...]
              Delete the list of files on the server.

       mkdir directory
              Create a new directory directory on the server.

       rmdir directory
              Delete the directory directory  on the server.

       rename old-name new-name
              Rename file old-name to new-name on the server.

       site args...
              Send  a  host-specific command to the server.  You will probably
              only need this if instructed by the server to use it.

       quote args...
              Send the raw FTP command sequence to the server.  You should  be
              familiar  with  the  FTP command set as defined in RFC959 before
              doing this.  Useful commands may include STAT  and  HELP.   Note
              also  the  mechanism for returning messages as described for the
              variable ZFTP_VERBOSE below, in  particular  that  all  messages
              from the control connection are sent to standard error.

       quit   Close the current data connection.  This unsets the shell param-

       session [ sessname ]
              Allows  multiple  FTP  sessions to be used at once.  The name of
              the session is an arbitrary string of  characters;  the  default
              session  is called ‘default’.  If this command is called without
              an argument, it will list all  the  current  sessions;  with  an
              argument,  it  will either switch to the existing session called
              sessname, or create a new session of that name.

              Each session remembers the status of the connection, the set  of
              connection-specific  shell parameters (the same set as are unset
              when a connection closes, as given in the description of close),
              and  any  user  parameters specified with the params subcommand.
              Changing to a previous session restores those  values;  changing
              to a new session initialises them in the same way as if zftp had
              just been loaded.  The name of the current session is  given  by
              the parameter ZFTP_SESSION.

       rmsession [ sessname ]
              Delete a session; if a name is not given, the current session is
              deleted.  If the current session is deleted, the earliest exist-
              ing  session becomes the new current session, otherwise the cur-
              rent session is not changed.  If the session  being  deleted  is
              the  only  one,  a  new  session called ‘default’ is created and
              becomes the current session; note that this  is  a  new  session
              even  if  the session being deleted is also called ‘default’. It
              is recommended that sessions not  be  deleted  while  background
              commands which use zftp are still active.

       The  following  shell  parameters  are used by zftp.  Currently none of
       them are special.

              Integer.  The time in seconds to wait for a network operation to
              complete before returning an error.  If this is not set when the
              module is loaded, it will be given  the  default  value  60.   A
              value  of  zero  turns off timeouts.  If a timeout occurs on the
              control connection it will be closed.  Use  a  larger  value  if
              this occurs too frequently.

              Readonly.  The IP address of the current connection in dot nota-

              Readonly.  The hostname of the current remote  server.   If  the
              host  was  opened  as  an  IP  number,  ZFTP_HOST  contains that
              instead; this saves the overhead for a name lookup, as  IP  num-
              bers are most commonly used when a nameserver is unavailable.

              Readonly.   The  number of the remote TCP port to which the con-
              nection is open (even if the port was originally specified as  a
              named service).  Usually this is the standard FTP port, 21.

              In  the unlikely event that your system does not have the appro-
              priate conversion functions, this appears in network byte order.
              If  your  system is little-endian, the port then consists of two
              swapped bytes and the standard port will be  reported  as  5376.
              In  that  case, numeric ports passed to zftp open will also need
              to be in this format.

              Readonly.  The system type string  returned  by  the  server  in
              response to an FTP SYST request.  The most interesting case is a
              string  beginning  "UNIX  Type:  L8",  which   ensures   maximum
              compatibility with a local UNIX host.

              Readonly.   The  type to be used for data transfers , either ‘A’
              or ‘I’.   Use the type subcommand to change this.

              Readonly.  The username currently logged in, if any.

              Readonly.  The account name of the current user, if  any.   Most
              servers do not require an account name.

              Readonly.  The current directory on the server.

              Readonly.   The  three digit code of the last FTP reply from the
              server as a string.  This can still be read after the connection
              is  closed, and is not changed when the current session changes.

              Readonly.  The last line of the last reply sent by  the  server.
              This  can  still  be read after the connection is closed, and is
              not changed when the current session changes.

              Readonly.  The name of the current FTP session; see the descrip-
              tion of the session subcommand.

              A   string   of  preferences  for  altering  aspects  of  zftp’s
              behaviour.  Each preference is a single character.  The  follow-
              ing are defined:

              P      Passive:  attempt to make the remote server initiate data
                     transfers.  This is slightly more efficient than sendport
                     mode.   If  the letter S occurs later in the string, zftp
                     will use sendport mode if passive mode is not  available.

              S      Sendport:   initiate  transfers  by the FTP PORT command.
                     If this occurs before any P in the string,  passive  mode
                     will never be attempted.

              D      Dumb:   use  only the bare minimum of FTP commands.  This
                     prevents the  variables  ZFTP_SYSTEM  and  ZFTP_PWD  from
                     being set, and will mean all connections default to ASCII
                     type.  It may prevent ZFTP_SIZE from being set  during  a
                     transfer  if  the  server  does  not send it anyway (many
                     servers do).

              If ZFTP_PREFS is not set when zftp is loaded, it will be set  to
              a default of ‘PS’, i.e. use passive mode if available, otherwise
              fall back to sendport mode.

              A string of digits between 0 and 5 inclusive,  specifying  which
              responses  from  the server should be printed.  All responses go
              to standard error.  If any of the numbers 1 to 5 appear  in  the
              string, raw responses from the server with reply codes beginning
              with that digit will be printed to standard  error.   The  first
              digit of the three digit reply code is defined by RFC959 to cor-
              respond to:

              1.     A positive preliminary reply.

              2.     A positive completion reply.

              3.     A positive intermediate reply.

              4.     A transient negative completion reply.

              5.     A permanent negative completion reply.

              It should be noted that, for unknown reasons, the reply ‘Service
              not  available’,  which  forces  termination of a connection, is
              classified as 421, i.e.  ‘transient  negative’,  an  interesting
              interpretation of the word ‘transient’.

              The  code 0 is special:  it indicates that all but the last line
              of multiline replies read from the server  will  be  printed  to
              standard  error  in  a processed format.  By convention, servers
              use this mechanism for sending information for the user to read.
              The  appropriate  reply  code,  if it matches the same response,
              takes priority.

              If ZFTP_VERBOSE is not set when zftp is loaded, it will  be  set
              to  the  default value 450, i.e., messages destined for the user
              and all errors will be printed.  A  null  string  is  valid  and
              specifies that no messages should be printed.

              If this function is set by the user, it is called every time the
              directory changes on the server, including when a user is logged
              in, or when a connection is closed.  In the last case, $ZFTP_PWD
              will be unset; otherwise it will reflect the new directory.

              If this function is set by the user, it will be called during  a
              get,  put or append operation each time sufficient data has been
              received from the host.  During a get, the data is sent to stan-
              dard  output,  so it is vital that this function should write to
              standard error or directly to the terminal, not to standard out-

              When  it  is  called  with a transfer in progress, the following
              additional shell parameters are set:

                     The name of the remote file being transferred from or to.

                     A G for a get operation and a P for a put operation.

                     The  total  size  of the complete file being transferred:
                     the same as the first value provided by  the  remote  and
                     local  subcommands  for a particular file.  If the server
                     cannot  supply  this  value  for  a  remote  file   being
                     retrieved,  it  will not be set.  If input is from a pipe
                     the value may be incorrect and  correspond  simply  to  a
                     full pipe buffer.

                     The  amount  of data so far transferred; a number between
                     zero and $ZFTP_SIZE, if that  is  set.   This  number  is
                     always available.

              The  function  is initially called with ZFTP_TRANSFER set appro-
              priately and ZFTP_COUNT set to zero.  After the transfer is fin-
              ished,   the   function  will  be  called  one  more  time  with
              ZFTP_TRANSFER set to GF or PF, in case it wishes to tidy up.  It
              is   otherwise  never  called  twice  with  the  same  value  of

              Sometimes the progress meter may cause disruption.  It is up  to
              the user to decide whether the function should be defined and to
              use unfunction when necessary.

       A connection may not be opened in the left hand side of a pipe as  this
       occurs  in  a  subshell  and the file information is not updated in the
       main shell.  In the case of type or mode changes or closing the connec-
       tion  in  a subshell, the information is returned but variables are not
       updated until the next call to zftp.  Other status changes in subshells
       will not be reflected by changes to the variables (but should be other-
       wise harmless).

       Deleting sessions while a zftp command is active in the background  can
       have  unexpected  effects,  even  if  it does not use the session being
       deleted.  This is because all shell subprocesses share  information  on
       the state of all connections, and deleting a session changes the order-
       ing of that information.

       On some operating systems, the control connection is not valid after  a
       fork(),  so  that  operations  in subshells, on the left hand side of a
       pipeline, or in the background are not possible,  as  they  should  be.
       This is presumably a bug in the operating system.


       The zsh/zle module contains the Zsh Line Editor.  See zshzle(1).


       The  zsh/zleparameter module defines two special parameters that can be
       used to access internal information of the Zsh Line  Editor  (see  zsh-

              This  array contains the names of the keymaps currently defined.

              This associative array contains one entry  per  widget  defined.
              The  name  of the widget is the key and the value gives informa-
              tion about the widget. It is either  the  string  ‘builtin’  for
              builtin   widgets,   a   string  of  the  form  ‘user:name’  for
              user-defined widgets, where name is the name of the shell  func-
              tion  implementing  the  widget,  or  it is a string of the form
              ‘completion:type:name’, for completion widgets. In the last case
              type  is  the  name of the builtin widgets the completion widget
              imitates in its behavior and name is the name of the shell func-
              tion implementing the completion widget.


       When  loaded, the zsh/zprof causes shell functions to be profiled.  The
       profiling results can be obtained with the zprof builtin  command  made
       available  by this module.  There is no way to turn profiling off other
       than unloading the module.

       zprof [ -c ]
              Without the -c option, zprof lists profiling results to standard
              output.   The  format  is  comparable  to  that of commands like

              At the top there is a summary listing all  functions  that  were
              called  at  least  once.   This  summary is sorted in decreasing
              order of the amount of time spent in each.   The  lines  contain
              the  number  of  the  function  in order, which is used in other
              parts of the list in suffixes of the form ‘[num]’.RE,  then  the
              number  of  calls  made to the function.  The next three columns
              list the time in milliseconds spent  in  the  function  and  its
              descendents, the average time in milliseconds spent in the func-
              tion and its descendents per call and  the  percentage  of  time
              spent  in  all  shell  functions  used  in this function and its
              descendents.  The following three columns give the same informa-
              tion,  but  counting only the time spent in the function itself.
              The final column shows the name of the function.

              After the summary, detailed  information  about  every  function
              that  was  invoked  is listed, sorted in decreasing order of the
              amount of time spent in each function and its descendents.  Each
              of these entries consists of descriptions for the functions that
              called the function described,  the  function  itself,  and  the
              functions  that  were  called  from it.  The description for the
              function itself has the same format as in the summary (and shows
              the same information).  The other lines don’t show the number of
              the function at the beginning  and  have  their  function  named
              indented  to  make it easier to distinguish the line showing the
              function described in the section from the surrounding lines.

              The information shown in this case is almost the same as in  the
              summary,  but only refers to the call hierarchy being displayed.
              For example, for a calling function the column showing the total
              running  time lists the time spent in the described function and
              its descendents only for the times when it was called from  that
              particular  calling  function.  Likewise, for a called function,
              this columns lists the total time spent in the  called  function
              and  its  descendents only for the times when it was called from
              the function described.

              Also in this case, the column showing the number of calls  to  a
              function also shows a slash and then the total number of invoca-
              tions made to the called function.

              As long as the zsh/zprof module is  loaded,  profiling  will  be
              done  and multiple invocations of the zprof builtin command will
              show the times and numbers of calls since the module was loaded.
              With  the  -c  option,  the zprof builtin command will reset its
              internal counters and will not show the listing.  )


       The zsh/zpty module offers one builtin:

       zpty [ -e ] [ -b ] name [ arg ... ]
              The  arguments  following  name  are  concatenated  with  spaces
              between,  then  executed  as a command, as if passed to the eval
              builtin.  The command runs under a newly assigned  pseudo-termi-
              nal; this is useful for running commands non-interactively which
              expect an interactive environment.  The name is not part of  the
              command,  but is used to refer to this command in later calls to

              With the -e option, the pseudo-terminal is set up so that  input
              characters are echoed.

              With the -b option, input to and output from the pseudo-terminal
              are made non-blocking.

       zpty -d [ names ... ]
              The second form, with the -d option, is used to delete  commands
              previously  started,  by supplying a list of their names.  If no
              names are given, all commands are deleted.  Deleting  a  command
              causes the HUP signal to be sent to the corresponding process.

       zpty -w [ -n ] name [ strings ... ]
              The  -w option can be used to send the to command name the given
              strings as input (separated by spaces).  If the -n option is not
              given, a newline is added at the end.

              If  no strings are provided, the standard input is copied to the
              pseudo-terminal; this may stop before copying the full input  if
              the pseudo-terminal is non-blocking.

              Note  that the command under the pseudo-terminal sees this input
              as if it were typed, so beware when sending special  tty  driver
              characters such as word-erase, line-kill, and end-of-file.

       zpty -r [ -t ] name [ param [ pattern ] ]
              The  -r  option  can  be  used to read the output of the command
              name.  With only a name argument, the output read is  copied  to
              the  standard  output.  Unless the pseudo-terminal is non-block-
              ing, copying continues until the command under the pseudo-termi-
              nal  exits; when non-blocking, only as much output as is immedi-
              ately available is copied.  The return value is zero if any out-
              put is copied.

              When  also  given a param argument, at most one line is read and
              stored in the parameter named param.  Less than a full line  may
              be  read  if  the  pseudo-terminal  is non-blocking.  The return
              value is zero if at least one character is stored in param.

              If a pattern is given as well, output is read  until  the  whole
              string  read matches the pattern, even in the non-blocking case.
              The return value is zero if the string read matches the pattern,
              or  if  the  command has exited but at least one character could
              still be read.  As of this writing, a maximum of one megabyte of
              output  can  be  consumed  this  way; if a full megabyte is read
              without matching the pattern, the return value is non-zero.

              In all cases, the return value is non-zero if nothing  could  be
              read, and is 2 if this is because the command has finished.

              If  the  -r  option  is  combined with the -t option, zpty tests
              whether output is available before trying to read.  If no output
              is available, zpty immediately returns the value 1.

       zpty -t name
              The  -t option without the -r option can be used to test whether
              the command name is still running.  It returns a zero  value  if
              the command is running and a non-zero value otherwise.

       zpty [ -L ]
              The  last  form, without any arguments, is used to list the com-
              mands currently defined.  If the -L option  is  given,  this  is
              done in the form of calls to the zpty builtin.


       The zsh/zselect module makes available one builtin command:

       zselect [ -rwe -t timeout -a array ] [ fd ... ]
              The  zselect builtin is a front-end to the ‘select’ system call,
              which blocks until a file descriptor is  ready  for  reading  or
              writing,  or  has  an error condition, with an optional timeout.
              If this is not available on your system, the command  prints  an
              error  message and returns status 2 (normal errors return status
              1).  For more information, see your  systems  documentation  for
              select(3).   Note  there is no connection with the shell builtin
              of the same name.

              Arguments  and  options  may  be  intermingled  in  any   order.
              Non-option arguments are file descriptors, which must be decimal
              integers.  By default, file descriptors are  to  be  tested  for
              reading,  i.e.  zselect will return when data is available to be
              read from the file descriptor, or more precisely,  when  a  read
              operation  from the file descriptor will not block.  After a -r,
              -w and -e, the given file descriptors are to be tested for read-
              ing,  writing,  or error conditions.  These options and an arbi-
              trary list of file descriptors may be given in any order.

              (The presence of an ‘error condition’ is not well defined in the
              documentation  for  many  implementations  of  the select system
              call.  According to recent versions of the POSIX  specification,
              it  is really an exception condition, of which the only standard
              example is out-of-band data received on a socket.  So zsh  users
              are unlikely to find the -e option useful.)

              The  option  ‘-t timeout’ specifies a timeout in hundredths of a
              second.  This may be zero, in which case  the  file  descriptors
              will  simply  be polled and zselect will return immediately.  It
              is possible to call zselect  with  no  file  descriptors  and  a
              non-zero  timeout  for  use  as  a finer-grained replacement for
              ‘sleep’; not, however, the return status is always 1 for a time-

              The  option  ‘-a  array’  indicates  that array should be set to
              indicate the file descriptor(s) which are ready.  If the  option
              is  not  given,  the  array reply will be used for this purpose.
              The array will contain a string similar  to  the  arguments  for
              zselect.  For example,

                     zselect -t 0 -r 0 -w 1

              might return immediately with status 0 and $reply containing ‘-r
              0 -w 1’ to show that both file descriptors  are  ready  for  the
              requested operations.

              The option ‘-A assoc’ indicates that the associative array assoc
              should be set to  indicate  the  file  descriptor(s)  which  are
              ready.   This  option overrides the option -a, nor will reply be
              modified.  The keys of assoc are the file descriptors,  and  the
              corresponding values are any of the characters ‘rwe’ to indicate
              the condition.

              The command returns 0 if some file  descriptors  are  ready  for
              reading.   If  the  operation  timed  out, or a timeout of 0 was
              given and no file descriptors were ready, or there was an error,
              it  returns status 1 and the array will not be set (nor modified
              in any way).  If there was an error in the select operation  the
              appropriate error message is printed.


       The zsh/zutil module only adds some builtins:

       zstyle [ -L ]
       zstyle [ -e | - | -- ] pattern style strings ...
       zstyle -d [ pattern [ styles ... ] ]
       zstyle -g name [ pattern [ style ] ]
       zstyle -abs context style name [ sep ]
       zstyle -Tt context style [ strings ...]
       zstyle -m context style pattern
              This  builtin  command  is  used  to  define  and lookup styles.
              Styles are pairs of names and values, where the  values  consist
              of  any  number  of strings.  They are stored together with pat-
              terns and lookup is done by giving a string,  called  the  ‘con-
              text’, which is compared to the patterns.  The definition stored
              for the first matching pattern will be returned.

              For ordering of comparisons, patterns  are  searched  from  most
              specific  to  least specific, and patterns that are equally spe-
              cific keep the order in which they were defined.  A  pattern  is
              considered  to be more specific than another if it contains more
              components (substrings separated by colons) or if  the  patterns
              for  the  components are more specific, where simple strings are
              considered to be more specific than patterns  and  complex  pat-
              terns are considered to be more specific than the pattern ‘*’.

              The  first form (without arguments) lists the definitions in the
              order zstyle will test them. If the -L option is given,  listing
              is done in the form of calls to zstyle.  Forms with arguments:

              zstyle [ - | -- | -e ] pattern style strings ...
                     Defines  the given style for the pattern with the strings
                     as the value.  If the -e option  is  given,  the  strings
                     will  be  concatenated  (separated  by  spaces)  and  the
                     resulting string will be evaluated (in the same way as it
                     is  done  by  the eval builtin command) when the style is
                     looked up.  In this case the parameter  ‘reply’  must  be
                     assigned  to  set  the strings returned after the evalua-
                     tion.  Before evaluating the value, reply is  unset,  and
                     if  it  is still unset after the evaluation, the style is
                     treated as if it were not set.

              zstyle -d [ pattern [ styles ... ] ]
                     Delete style definitions. Without arguments  all  defini-
                     tions  are  deleted,  with  a pattern all definitions for
                     that pattern are deleted and if  any  styles  are  given,
                     then only those styles are deleted for the pattern.

              zstyle -g name [ pattern [ style ] ]
                     Retrieve a style definition. The name is used as the name
                     of an array in which the results are stored. Without  any
                     further  arguments,  all  patterns  defined are returned.
                     With a pattern the styles defined for  that  pattern  are
                     returned  and  with both a pattern and a style, the value
                     strings of that combination is returned.

              The other forms can be used to look up or test patterns.

              zstyle -s context style name [ sep ]
                     The parameter name is set  to  the  value  of  the  style
                     interpreted  as  a string.  If the value contains several
                     strings they are concatenated with spaces  (or  with  the
                     sep string if that is given) between them.

              zstyle -b context style name
                     The  value  is  stored  in name as a boolean, i.e. as the
                     string ‘yes’ if the value has only one  string  and  that
                     string is equal to one of ‘yes’, ‘true’, ‘on’, or ‘1’. If
                     the value is any  other  string  or  has  more  than  one
                     string, the parameter is set to ‘no’.

              zstyle -a context style name
                     The  value  is  stored  in  name  as an array. If name is
                     declared as an associative array,  the first, third, etc.
                     strings  are  used  as the keys and the other strings are
                     used as the values.

              zstyle -t context style [ strings ...]
              zstyle -T context style [ strings ...]
                     Test the value of  a  style,  i.e.  the  -t  option  only
                     returns  a  status  (sets  $?).   Without any strings the
                     return status is zero if the  style  is  defined  for  at
                     least  one  matching  pattern, has only one string in its
                     value, and that is equal to one of ‘true’, ‘yes’, ‘on’ or
                     ‘1’.  If  any strings are given the status is zero if and
                     only if at least one of the strings is equal to at  least
                     one  of  the  strings  in  the value. If the style is not
                     defined, the status is 2.

                     The -T option tests the values of the style like -t,  but
                     it  returns  zero  (rather  than  2)  if the style is not
                     defined for any matching pattern.

              zstyle -m context style pattern
                     Match a value. Returns status zero if the pattern matches
                     at least one of the strings in the value.

       zformat -f param format specs ...
       zformat -a array sep specs ...
              This  builtin  provides  two  different forms of formatting. The
              first form is selected with the -f option. In this case the for-
              mat string will be modified by replacing sequences starting with
              a percent sign in it with strings from  the  specs.   Each  spec
              should  be  of  the  form  ‘char:string’  which will cause every
              appearance of the sequence ‘%char’ in format to be  replaced  by
              the  string.  The ‘%’ sequence may also contain optional minimum
              and maximum field width specifications between the ‘%’  and  the
              ‘char’  in the form ‘%min.maxc’, i.e. the minimum field width is
              given first and if the maximum field width is used, it has to be
              preceded  by  a dot.  Specifying a minimum field width makes the
              result be padded with spaces to  the  right  if  the  string  is
              shorter  than  the  requested width.  Padding to the left can be
              achieved by giving a negative minimum field width.  If a maximum
              field  width  is  specified,  the string will be truncated after
              that many characters.  After all ‘%’  sequences  for  the  given
              specs have been processed, the resulting string is stored in the
              parameter param.

              The %-escapes also understand ternary expressions  in  the  form
              used  by  prompts.  The % is followed by a ‘(’ and then an ordi-
              nary format specifier character as described above.   There  may
              be a set of digits either before or after the ‘(’; these specify
              a test number, which defaults to  zero.   Negative  numbers  are
              also allowed.  An arbitrary delimiter character follows the for-
              mat specifier, which is followed by a piece of ‘true’ text,  the
              delimiter  character again, a piece of ‘false’ text, and a clos-
              ing parenthesis.  The complete expression (without  the  digits)
              thus  looks like ‘%(X.text1.text2)’, except that the ‘.’ charac-
              ter is arbitrary.  The value given for the format  specifier  in
              the  char:string  expressions  is  evaluated  as  a mathematical
              expression, and compared with the test number.  If they are  the
              same,  text1 is output, else text2 is output.  A parenthesis may
              be escaped in text2 as %).  Either of text1 or text2 may contain
              nested %-escapes.

              For example:

                     zformat -f REPLY "The answer is %3(c.yes.no)." c:3

              outputs  "The answer is ’yes’." to REPLY since the value for the
              format specifier c is 3, agreeing with the digit argument to the
              ternary expression.

              The  second  form, using the -a option, can be used for aligning
              strings.  Here, the specs are of  the  form  ‘left:right’  where
              ‘left’  and  ‘right’  are  arbitrary strings.  These strings are
              modified by replacing the colons by the sep string  and  padding
              the  left  strings  with  spaces  to  the  right so that the sep
              strings in the result (and hence the right strings  after  them)
              are  all  aligned  if  the strings are printed below each other.
              All strings without a colon are left unchanged and  all  strings
              with  an empty right string have the trailing colon removed.  In
              both cases the lengths of the strings are not used to  determine
              how  the other strings are to be aligned.  The resulting strings
              are stored in the array.

              This implements some internals of the _regex_arguments function.

       zparseopts [ -D ] [ -K ] [ -E ] [ -a array ] [ -A assoc ] specs
              This  builtin  simplifies  the  parsing of options in positional
              parameters, i.e. the set of arguments given by  $*.   Each  spec
              describes  one option and must be of the form ‘opt[=array]’.  If
              an option described by opt is found in the positional parameters
              it is copied into the array specified with the -a option; if the
              optional ‘=array’ is given,  it  is  instead  copied  into  that

              Note  that  it  is an error to give any spec without an ‘=array’
              unless one of the -a or -A options is used.

              Unless the -E option is given, parsing stops at the first string
              that isn’t described by one of the specs.  Even with -E, parsing
              always stops at a positional parameter equal to ‘-’ or ‘--’.

              The opt description must be one of the following.   Any  of  the
              special  characters can appear in the option name provided it is
              preceded by a backslash.

              name+  The name is the name of the option  without  the  leading
                     ‘-’.   To  specify  a  GNU-style  long option, one of the
                     usual two leading ‘-’ must be included in name; for exam-
                     ple,  a  ‘--file’  option  is  represented  by  a name of

                     If a ‘+’ appears after name, the option  is  appended  to
                     array each time it is found in the positional parameters;
                     without the ‘+’ only the last occurrence of the option is

                     If  one of these forms is used, the option takes no argu-
                     ment, so parsing stops if the next  positional  parameter
                     does  not  also  begin  with ‘-’ (unless the -E option is

              name:: If one or two colons are given, the option takes an argu-
                     ment;  with one colon, the argument is mandatory and with
                     two colons it is optional.  The argument is  appended  to
                     the array after the option itself.

                     An  optional  argument is put into the same array element
                     as the option name (note that this makes empty strings as
                     arguments  indistinguishable).   A  mandatory argument is
                     added as a separate element unless the ‘:-’ form is used,
                     in  which case the argument is put into the same element.

                     A ‘+’ as described above may appear between the name  and
                     the first colon.

       The options of zparseopts itself are:

       -a array
              As  described  above,  this  names the default array in which to
              store the recognised options.

       -A assoc
              If this is given, the options and their values are also put into
              an associative array with the option names as keys and the argu-
              ments (if any) as the values.

       -D     If this option is given, all options found are removed from  the
              positional parameters of the calling shell or shell function, up
              to but not including any not described by the  specs.   This  is
              similar to using the shift builtin.

       -K     With  this  option,  the  arrays  specified  with  the -a and -A
              options and with the ‘=array’ forms are kept unchanged when none
              of  the  specs  for  them  is  used.   This allows assignment of
              default values to them before calling zparseopts.

       -E     This changes the parsing rules to not stop at the  first  string
              that  isn’t  described  by  one of the specs.  It can be used to
              test for or (if used together with -D) extract options and their
              arguments,  ignoring all other options and arguments that may be
              in the positional parameters.

       For example,

              set -- -a -bx -c y -cz baz -cend
              zparseopts a=foo b:=bar c+:=bar

       will have the effect of

              bar=(-b x -c y -c z)

       The arguments from ‘baz’ on will not be used.

       As an example for the -E option, consider:

              set -- -a x -b y -c z arg1 arg2
              zparseopts -E -D b:=bar

       will have the effect of

              bar=(-b y)
              set -- -a x -c z arg1 arg2

       I.e., the option -b and its arguments are  taken  from  the  positional
       parameters and put into the array bar.

zsh 4.2.1                       August 13, 2004                  ZSHMODULES(1)

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