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Old 18th October 2008
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Hi everyone. Im using laptop with FreeBSD. What Im trying to do is to display the remaining capacity and time in the shell prompt.

It is easily achieved with bash, but in zsh, the command is only executed upon startup.

This is a bash prompt in the .bashrc file. I use the date command as an example. The current time will be updated everytime you exec new command:

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PS1='`date +'%H:%M:%S'` \!\[\e[1;31m\][\[$?]\[\e[37m\]\u@\h:\w\\$ '
This method doesnt work with zsh. If I put a similar command in .zshrc, it will show the current time on startup only, after that, the time is not updated at all.
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Ah, nvm, I found it. It is precmd
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Old 18th October 2008
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Under the OpenBSD ksh the following works
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PS1="\$(date +'%H:%M:%S')"  
23:24:31
23:24:35
23:24:35sleep 60
23:25:44
23:29:23
23:29:52
Instead of using backticks, I use the $( ..... )construct. To prevent it from executing at read/compile time, the leading dollar sign is escaped with a '\'.
Because '\' only works when the shell gets to interpret it, double quotes (") were used instead of single quotes (').
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