So, I wanted to try out Zsh as a bash replacement after using it on and off. Now I don’t write a lot of scripts - but mostly for running apps etc. The only real improvement that I needed was cross shell history… I can never remember where I typed a command and hitting Ctrl-R and finding the command is super nice.
On my msys64 install, did a
pacman -Su zsh and zsh was installed. Now,
since I’m on pre windows 10, everything’s a little more painful if you
want to run bash/linux tools
Anyway, since I use Conemu as my shell, had to change my Conemu Task to something like
set MSYSTEM=MSYS & \ set MSYS2_PATH_TYPE=inherit & \ set HOME=c:\users\raghuramanr & \ d:\msys64\usr\bin\conemu-msys2-64.exe usr\bin\zsh -i -l
Everything was great. Also installed a zsh customization framework - zprezto and had a decent prompt, reverse history search going on. Everything was good for a couple of days - but then I couldn’t leave it at that, could I?
And then, I did a
pacman -Su - this updated msys runtime. Now zsh
segfaults with an access violation at startup. Starting a blank
works - so definitely some init scripts were causing it.
Tried a bunch of things - getting rid of
zprezto (github stars
nonetheless, it seems unmaintained - and was hoping that a replacement
would fix the crash); replaced it with Zim
- Zsh Improved. That didn’t help either. Got rid of it as well and
started customizing zsh by hand. What I found that running
crashes zsh everytime - so finally gave up and am back to bash