Configuring eshell and multi-term
SPC ' or
SPC p ' displays a popup buffer containing eshell in the current directory of the buffer or project respectively. The position of this popup buffer is configurable.
All the commands available on your usual command line terminal are available in eshell. To close the shell you can use the command
Emacs can run any shell inside a buffer window so you never have to leave Emacs.
Adding the shell layer
eshell is available by adding the shell layer to
dotspacemacs-configuration-layers section of
SPC SPC eshell will prompt to install the shell package if its not currently added.
The shell popup is configured in the
dotspacemacs-configure-layers section of the
(shell :variables shell-default-height 30 shell-default-position 'bottom)
shell-default-position can be top, bottom, left or right.
shell-default-height defines the percentage of the Spacemacs frame to use.
Customising eshell prompt
You can customize the eshell prompt, although there is nothing specific in Spacemacs.
Praticalli created a custom Eshell prompt. The code can be found in the practicalli/spacemacs.d configuration, the Eshell custom code in
multi-term - use operating system shell
Use multi-term if you wish to use the default shell in the terminal window from your operating system.
shell-default-shell variable and set to
'multi-term in the shell layer in the
Here is an example with the multi-term shell set, along with popup size and location
(shell :variables shell-default-shell 'multi-term shell-default-height 30 shell-default-position 'bottom)
M-m ' now opens a shell buffer as a popup with the default shell of your operating system terminal.
Configure multi-term to use zsh
Add the following to
dotspacemacs/user-config in your
(setq multi-term-program "/usr/bin/zsh")
SPC f s to save the
SPC f e R to reload the configuration, or
SPC q r to restart Spacemacs.