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RE: zsh for win32 - installation of zshrc

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> From: 	'Sven Guckes'[SMTP:guckes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 	Monday, September 14, 1998 10:55 AM
> To: 	ZShell Users List
> Cc: 	amol@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: 	Re: zsh for win32 - installation of zshrc
> Quoting Bart Schaefer (schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx):
> > zagzig[21] zcat zsh.exe.gz | strings -a | less +/zshrc
> Actually, I tried just that - but I figured that it would not work
> as there is no directories /etc on Windows systems.  :-/
> > So of course c:\zshrc isn't going to work; it's looking for .zshrc
> > (which prehaps you can't create on a Win95 machine because of the
> > silly 8.3 filename rule, though I'm pretty sure you can on NT).
> Well, how could I be sure?  Actually, I find that using "zshrc" would
> be a nice workaround because of the "8.3" filename convention.
There is no problem creating .zshrc on win9x. just use a real editor
like vim :-) even notepad will do it in a pinch.
or, copy zshrc .zshrc.

> > So you either need to create a c:\etc\zshrc (and zlogin and zshenv
> > and zlogout if you want) or find out what zsh thinks $HOME is set to
> > (by starting zsh and typing "echo $HOME")
> > and put files with names starting with a "." in there, if you can.
> I'd rather look into a manual explaining this.  (hint hint ;-)
from the README

7. HOME directory:
zsh sets the HOME directory if it's not already set. It uses
the windows directory on win95, $HOMEDRIVE\$HOMEPATH on nt <4.0,
and $USERPROFILE on NT 4.0 and higher.

If ZSHDOTDIR is set, zsh sets home to "youdonthavehomeset". This
is to avoid crashing in places where the shell expects a home directory.
Picking a real default would defeat the purpose of not setting home.

(that means you can set ZSHDOTDIR instead of HOME for your startup files)

> > It appears, from further perusal of the strings output, that $HOMEDRIVE
> > and $HOMEPATH are used to generate part of the default $Path,
> > as is a variable $ZSHROOT that isn't used in unix zsh.
> I understand that the following "filenames" should work then:
>         %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%/.zshrc
>         %HOME%/.zshrc
>         %ZDOTDIR%/.zshrc
> Now, which order do these take?  Amol?
> A rough summary of this can be read on
> http://www.math.fu-berlin.de/~guckes/zsh/windows.html
> Sven

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