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What's new #1

What a week it’s been! Oh My Posh turned 6 years old and we dropped a ton of stuff!

Swag#

After seeing Scott Hanselman wear his oh my zsh shirt while we got to talk about Oh My Posh on Windows Wednesdays, I got the sudden urge to expand his wardrobe.

And so, we did. Got in touch with Marc Duiker and we got to work. The result? A ton of new goodies. Consider this to be the first artist series for Oh My Posh, a way to also highlight some talented people in the community. All profits go to the development of the project and artists also get a 20% royalty per item sold. If you know any interesting artists to work with for the next batch, be sure to let me know!

So, what are you waiting for? Get some!

Features#

CLI interface#

Something I've been sleeping on for a long time, Oh My Posh finally has a new CLI interface. Starting out I had no experience in Go, nor any idea on how to create a proper CLI interface. Over the years the interface grew, but not in a very sustainable way, it was a chain of if statements which was a bit of a pain to support.

You can now interact with Oh My Posh via an interface powered by Cobra. Not only does this bring maintainability and extensibility, it at once introduces a few added features.

Init#

If you paid attention to the evolution of the init functionality which automatically supercharges your prompt, you might have noticed I was always trying to make it easier for anyone to get started. When working on the shirts with Marc, it hit me we didn't really have an identifiable prompt as a first time experience. So, as of 7.42.0 Oh My Posh can initialize your prompt without specifying the --config flag. Because we have no way to know how you installed Oh My Posh, and if you have themes installed locally, we download the default theme, cache and use it to get you up and running right there.

When using PowerShell for example, this is all it takes from now on:

oh-my-posh init pwsh | Invoke-Expression
remote config

In case you missed it, as I haven't really done these updates before, you can also use a remote config file nowadays. Also triggered by Scott Hanselman who uses multiple devices but still wants the same, seamless experience everywhere. I'm sure he's not alone πŸ˜„.

Export config#

While this functionality was already present, you can now also save the current config to a new file in the format of your choice. Combining that with the new initialization above, new users can right away save the default config elsewhere and tweak it to make it their own.

oh-my-posh config export --output=~/.mytheme.omp.json

Edit#

Putting things together, all we needed additionally was a way to edit the config.

oh-my-posh config edit

Almost feels natural right?

RRRRRRR Matey!#

Thanks to Jed Willick, who's already been on a roll for a while adding segments to Oh My Posh, we now have a segment for R πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ. Read all about it here.

Bug fixes#

Obviously, nothing is perfect. But we aim to be! The following issues have been found and fixed:

  • We now display the right distro name in WSL
  • The poshgit prompt is now disabled when using Oh My Posh
  • Terminal titles are stripped from ANSI escape sequences, otherwise they are not displayed correctly
  • The config file now also works with the .yml extension and not only .yaml

That's it for this week, I'll try to keep this up 🀞🏻.

Keep that prompt posh everyone!