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Re: Zsh completion problem

On Fri, 1 Apr 2011, Vikas Mishra wrote:

Greetings, Vikas,

Any suggestions anyone?
I would really like to have completion in my zsh shells. Incidentally
I installed from source in cygwin and still have the same issue. So I
don't believe it is a package issue. I think it may be a bigger issue
with my cygwin environment.

I think you're going to have to give me some examples of what completion you are attempting. I still can't make this fail no matter what I try. Your .zcompdump looks fine to me and if I strip my config to be just your example (uncommented, of course) I can't make it fail.


On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Vikas Mishra <> wrote:
Hello Peter,

Thanks for your response.

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM, Peter A. Castro <> wrote:
On Thu, 24 Mar 2011, Vikas Mishra wrote:

The ultimate cause of this particular problem was permissions on the
"functions" directories not being to zsh's liking (ie: having write
permission for group or other). ?This was a build error on my part for
4.3.11-1, which was corrected in 4.3.11-2.
(Make sure you have installed 4.3.11-2, btw :-)

I just installed this cygwin installation today and I think 4.3.11-2 was release in early January so I believe I do have the latest version.

With the permissions wrong, compinit fails to load any of the completion functions and ends up creating a very, very abbreviated .zcompdump file (less than 1k in size, versus > 30k size).

In my case, the size of zcompdump was 32KB (I had forgotten to mention it the first time around). I have attached the zcompdump file so that you can see if this is correct or not.

You can tell this by looking at the .zcompdump and if it things like
_comps() are mostly empty, then you are hitting the problem.

Verify that you .zcompdump has move that a few functions in it and verify
the permissions on all directories under /usr/share/zsh/4.3.11 are 755
(rwxr-xr-x) and that all files under those directories are 644

I rechecked the permissions on the directories and they were correct. I have also attached the smallest version of my zshrc which still has a problem - basically this is just "autoload -U compinit && compinit".

I installed version 4.3.10 (with the Cygwin installer and have the
same problem). Let me know if any more info will help.


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