I use zsh primarily, but I’ve been using nushell for various tasks lately.
My ZSH is heavily configured, based on the OhMyZSH plugin pack but with some customizations. I use the starship theme (not the built in one, but the standalone StarShip powerline prompt that works with almost any shell).
Been experimenting with nushell lately, it’s still new and missing some functionality, plus not being a posix shell means its syntax is different, but it seems extremely capable and very fast, plus it’s data operations and piping capabilities and operations (it’s main big thing) is really nice!
Depends on if its your prompt that’s slow or not. If you are using the starship ZSH theme then it should help, if not, and not using any other powerline-style prompts then probably not, likely it’s just the plugins you are loading. If you could find which slow plugins are loading then you can remove/fix those.
And it is sooooo configurable, with tons and tons of plugins. ^.^
I normally just use the standard bash shell that comes on most Linux distros by default. I haven’t ventured into zsh, fish, or any of the others yet.
I do use different prompt tooling depending on which WSL environment in using though. For instance, in my Ubuntu 21.04 environment, I currently have powerline-go as my prompt. In my Debian 10 environment, I use Starship.
For Windows specific stuff, I just use Powershell. Definitely better than the old cmd.exe.
First it was bash, had a short detour into zsh (it is too customizable and the default oh-my-zsh felt sluggish), went into mksh for a couple of years and for the past couple of yours I’ve been using fish without any specific configuration (except vi key bindings). During a minimalistic period I tried using dash only for a while but turns out that some shell features are actually useful and typing everything everytime is time consuming and error prone.
As for terminals… from xterm to urxvt to st to alacritty. Contemplating going back to xterm not to have to deal with all the termcap configurations everywhere.
There are others I like to use as well but I try to keep the plugin list short to keep loading fast (simple alias and completion plugins, as most of those are, don’t really matter, but some other plugins definitely increase loading time), so the plugin list I use is pretty system specific for whatever I do on the given system.
Sounds like you were loading too many plugins, by default it doesn’t load any so loading time is pretty instant.
I like fish but it’s too incompatible with the posix style. ZSH is more of just a better BASH. I’ve only been playing with nushell for some things because of how it works make certain kinds of work much easier and faster.
Lol, woot. But for real, some of the OMZ plugins are slow (just because they call out to other things or so) so if it is slow to load then can test to see which plugins are the slow ones, but in general I rarely open shells often, usually I leave about 20 running… ^.^;
And yes, the starship program prompt is SOOO much faster than the starship theme prompt since it’s a unified, fast, Rust program. ^.^
The more complex OMZ plugins should be remade as standalone programs honestly, lol.
I switched when macOS made it the default. I have some additions configured such as automatically adding environment variables with user tokes for web sites, aliases (for git commands, bundler, rails, rake & guard shortcuts).