Parse error near \n in zshrc

I am using zsh and ohmyzsh. I couldn’t figure out why I am getting parse error, I haven’t made any changes to zhsrc apart from Pacman system updates

.zshrc:168: parse error near `\n'

Here is my .zshrc file

# Enable Powerlevel10k instant prompt. Should stay close to the top of ~/.zshrc.
# Initialization code that may require console input (password prompts, [y/n]
# confirmations, etc.) must go above this block; everything else may go below.
if [[ -r "${XDG_CACHE_HOME:-$HOME/.cache}/p10k-instant-prompt-${(%):-%n}.zsh" ]]; then
  source "${XDG_CACHE_HOME:-$HOME/.cache}/p10k-instant-prompt-${(%):-%n}.zsh"

# If you come from bash you might have to change your $PATH.
export PATH=/home/ceph/.local/bin:$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

# Path to your oh-my-zsh installation.
export ZSH="/home/ceph/.oh-my-zsh"

# Set name of the theme to load --- if set to "random", it will
# load a random theme each time oh-my-zsh is loaded, in which case,
# to know which specific one was loaded, run: echo $RANDOM_THEME
# See

# Set list of themes to pick from when loading at random
# Setting this variable when ZSH_THEME=random will cause zsh to load
# a theme from this variable instead of looking in $ZSH/themes/
# If set to an empty array, this variable will have no effect.
# ZSH_THEME_RANDOM_CANDIDATES=( "robbyrussell" "agnoster" )

# Uncomment the following line to use case-sensitive completion.

# Uncomment the following line to use hyphen-insensitive completion.
# Case-sensitive completion must be off. _ and - will be interchangeable.

# Uncomment the following line to disable bi-weekly auto-update checks.

# Uncomment the following line to automatically update without prompting.

# Uncomment the following line to change how often to auto-update (in days).
# export UPDATE_ZSH_DAYS=13

# Uncomment the following line if pasting URLs and other text is messed up.

# Uncomment the following line to disable colors in ls.

# Uncomment the following line to disable auto-setting terminal title.

# Uncomment the following line to enable command auto-correction.

# Uncomment the following line to display red dots whilst waiting for completion.
# Caution: this setting can cause issues with multiline prompts (zsh 5.7.1 and newer seem to work)
# See

# Uncomment the following line if you want to disable marking untracked files
# under VCS as dirty. This makes repository status check for large repositories
# much, much faster.

# Uncomment the following line if you want to change the command execution time
# stamp shown in the history command output.
# You can set one of the optional three formats:
# "mm/dd/yyyy"|""|"yyyy-mm-dd"
# or set a custom format using the strftime function format specifications,
# see 'man strftime' for details.
# HIST_STAMPS="mm/dd/yyyy"

# Would you like to use another custom folder than $ZSH/custom?
# ZSH_CUSTOM=/path/to/new-custom-folder

# Which plugins would you like to load?
# Standard plugins can be found in $ZSH/plugins/
# Custom plugins may be added to $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins/
# Example format: plugins=(rails git textmate ruby lighthouse)
# Add wisely, as too many plugins slow down shell startup.
plugins=(git z archlinux  zsh-autosuggestions fast-syntax-highlighting)

source $ZSH/

# User configuration

# export MANPATH="/usr/local/man:$MANPATH"

# You may need to manually set your language environment
# export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

# Preferred editor for local and remote sessions
# if [[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]]; then
#   export EDITOR='vim'
# else
#   export EDITOR='mvim'
# fi

# Compilation flags
# export ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64"

#custom functions
# 'e' opens any file with the correct program, e.g. e test.doc opens
# a file with libreoffice for editing.
# Usage: e file-name(s)
xdg-open "$@" >& /dev/null &

( speaker-test -t sine -f 1000 )& pid=$! ; sleep 0.5s ; kill -9 $pid

cfg() {
    cd ~/.config
    if [[ "$1" != "" ]]; then
	       cd $1

# Set personal aliases, overriding those provided by oh-my-zsh libs,
# plugins, and themes. Aliases can be placed here, though oh-my-zsh
# users are encouraged to define aliases within the ZSH_CUSTOM folder.
# For a full list of active aliases, run `alias`.
# Example aliases

# type chx -- shows info about alias defined
[[ $- != *i* ]] && return
alias zshrc="micro ~/.zshrc"
alias zshrcs="source ~/.zshrc"
alias tobash="sudo chsh $USER -s /bin/bash && echo 'Now log out.'"
alias yeet="paru -Syu --noconfirm && beep || {beep; sleep 1; beep;}"
alias chx="chmod +x"
alias yt="pipe-viewer"
alias ":q"="exit"
alias sudo="sudo "
alias orphan='paru -Rcs $(pacman -Qdqt)'
alias ls="ls --color=auto"
alias jctl="journalctl -p 3 -xb"
alias ll='ls -la'
alias op='xdg-open >/dev/null 2>&1'
alias unlock="sudo rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck"
alias eosw="eos-welcome --enable"
alias eosd="eos-welcome --disable"
alias mirror="sudo reflector --latest 200 --age 48 --protocol https --sort rate -c IN,HK,SG,BD,TH,TW,JP --download-timeout 2 --connection-timeout 2 --save /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist"
# alias ohmyzsh="mate ~/.oh-my-zsh"

# To customize prompt, run `p10k configure` or edit ~/.p10k.zsh.
[[ ! -f ~/.p10k.zsh ]] || source ~/.p10k.zsh

# >>> conda initialize >>>
# !! Contents within this block are managed by 'conda init' !!
__conda_setup="$('/home/ceph/miniconda3/bin/conda' 'shell.zsh' 'hook' 2> /dev/null)"
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
    eval "$__conda_setup"
    if [ -f "/home/ceph/miniconda3/etc/profile.d/" ]; then
        . "/home/ceph/miniconda3/etc/profile.d/"
        export PATH="/home/ceph/miniconda3/bin:$PATH"
unset __conda_setup
# <<< conda initialize <<<
eval "$(zoxide init zsh)"


No changes at all? I can see multiple customisations in there (p10k, conda, zoxide), so I find that difficult to take at face value.

I’d recommend you debug this by commenting out the various sections one at a time to locate the one causing the issue.

Or, add a newline at the end of the file.


Sorry, I mean to say that I haven’t changed from normal usage to the time I got the error.

The debugging steps are the same.

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I don’t think there is anything wrong with your .zshrc. I suspect it is something you are sourcing or otherwise including.

I can parse that file without issues.

Thank you, somehow the file ended up in dos format. dos2unix fixed it.


I recommend not using oh-my-zsh, it is terribly bloated and inefficient. To be frank, it’s absolute rubbish.

It is much better, as well as much more fun and rewarding to learn how to customise Zsh yourself.


I only installed it for trying it’s plugins quickly. Now that I am not using them much, I would try customising zsh directly. Thanks for the reminder.

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oh-my-zsh is good for getting inspired and looking at how they’ve done some things.

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