Spell check and auto correction of commands in zsh
Published: Saturday, August 4, 2018
It was actually very recently when I found out about this feature, I was looking for something else and happen to stumble upon this neat feature.
Apparently zsh has the capability of spell checking and auto correcting your misspelled commands. And this is how it looks in action:
$ mr superSecretDatabase.db Correct mr to rm? [Yes, No, Abort, Edit] y
How to enable it
You enable the feature by adding
setopt correct to your config
~/.zshrc and then resourcing your configuration with the command
Making the output more sane
By default the options will be
[nyae] and not
[Yes, No, Abort, Edit] as shown in my example above. You can change this by adding the following line to your configuration:
export SPROMPT="Correct %R to %r? [Yes, No, Abort, Edit] "
Adding some colour to the output
Colours makes text easier to read and if you would like it to highlight the triggered word in red and the suggested word in green you can do so by adding this line to your configuration:
export SPROMPT="Correct $fg[red]%R$reset_color to $fg[green]%r$reset_color? [Yes, No, Abort, Edit] "
Just make sure that you have enabled colours in zsh with
autoload -U colors && colors for it to work.
The one annoying drawback with the spell check
It sometimes wants to correct completely fine commands for me, like
_command. I don’t know what triggers it, but you can avoid it by creating an alias for said command:
alias <command>="nocorrect <command>"
Source: Refining Linux — ZSH Gem #4: Spell checking and auto correction
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