Jun 242015

So somehow I managed to mess up my install of the pure prompt such that it was not loading async.

prompt_pure_setup:10: async: function definition file not found
prompt_pure_async_tasks:3: command not found: async_start_worker
prompt_pure_async_tasks:4: command not found: async_register_callback

How or why this happened I know not. Easy peasy to fix with npm, right?

❯ npm update && npm install --global pure-prompt
> [email protected] postinstall /Users/yearlus/node_modules/pure-prompt
> dest=/usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions/; mkdir -p $dest && ln -sf "$PWD/pure.zsh" $dest/prompt_pure_setup && ln -sf "$PWD/async.zsh" $dest/async || echo 'Could not automagically symlink the prompt. Check out the readme on how to do it manually: https://github.com/sindresorhus/pure#manually'
[email protected] node_modules/pure-prompt

No problem. As the doco reads “Symlink


to somewhere in


with the name prompt_pure_setup. Symlink




with the name async.”

❯ echo $fpath
~/.zfunctions /usr/share/zsh/site-functions /usr/share/zsh/5.0.5/functions
❯ ls ~/node_modules/pure-prompt
total 72
-rw-r--r-- 1 yearlus staff 5.8K Jun 1 12:25 async.zsh
-rw-r--r-- 1 yearlus staff 1.1K Apr 6 2014 license
-rw-r--r-- 1 yearlus staff 1.8K Jul 1 05:38 package.json
-rw-r--r-- 1 yearlus staff 8.3K Jun 1 12:27 pure.zsh
-rw-r--r-- 1 yearlus staff 5.4K Jun 1 12:25 readme.md
❯ cd ~/node_modules/pure-prompt
❯ ln -sf "$PWD/pure.zsh" ~/.zfunctions/prompt_pure_setup
❯ ln -sf "$PWD/async.zsh" ~/.zfunctions/async


Restart Terminal and… well there’s a pure prompt, but also a call from prompt_pure_setup claiming not to be able to find async. Messy. Uninstall and reinstall and the same issue remains. Grrr

Enter antigen which is to zsh what vundle is to vim.

❯ curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zsh-users/antigen/master/antigen.zsh > antigen.zsh
source antigen.zsh

install a couple of extra bundles whilst I am at it:

❯ antigen bundle zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting
❯ antigen bundle git
❯ antigen bundle sindresorhus/pure

with the head of my .zshrc reading:

# .zshrc
fpath=( "$HOME/.zfunctions" $fpath )
# antigen-- kinda a vundle/vim for zsh
source ~/antigen.zsh
antigen bundle zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting
antigen bundle sindresorhus/pure
antigen bundle git
# source ~/.zfunctions/async
# source ~/.zfunctions/prompt_pure_setup
# above 2 lines are symlinked from the .zsh files located in an antigen repo,
# but the links themselves are in ~/.zfunctions hence the commented-out antigen call

For “backup” I’ve

❯ ln -sf ~/.antigen/repos/https-COLON--SLASH--SLASH-github.com-SLASH-sindresorhus-SLASH-pure.git/async.zsh ~/.zfunctions/prompt_pure_setup
❯ ln -sf ln -sf ~/.antigen/repos/https-COLON--SLASH--SLASH-github.com-SLASH-sindresorhus-SLASH-pure.git/async.zsh ~/.zfunctions/prompt_pure_setup

and now we are back to prompt loveliness.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 07.14.35

Coloration of the prompt: http://stephen.yearl.us/terminal-colors/

  One Response to “NPM, antigen and ZSH pure prompt”

  1. Thanks, I could fix some ugly errors on my zsh efforts following instructions!!

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