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Help, tpm not working!

Here's the list of issues users had with tpm:

Nothing works. tpm key bindings prefix + I, prefix + U not even defined.

Related issue #22

  • Do you have required tmux version to run tpm?
    Check tmux version with $ tmux -V command and make sure it's higher or equal to the required version for tpm as stated in the readme.

  • ZSH tmux plugin might be causing issues.
    If you have it installed, try disabling it and see if tpm works then.

Help, I'm using custom config file with tmux -f /path/to/my_tmux.conf to start Tmux and for some reason plugins aren't loaded!?

Related issue #57

tpm has a known issue when using custom config file with -f option. The solution is to use alternative plugin definition syntax. Here are the steps to make it work:

  1. remove all set -g @plugin lines from tmux config file

  2. in the config file define the plugins in the following way:

     # List of plugins
     set -g @tpm_plugins '          \
       tmux-plugins/tpm             \
       tmux-plugins/tmux-sensible   \
       tmux-plugins/tmux-resurrect  \
     # Initialize TMUX plugin manager (keep this line at the very bottom of tmux.conf)
     run '~/.tmux/plugins/tpm/tpm'
  3. Reload TMUX environment so TPM is sourced: $ tmux source /path/to/my_tmux.conf

The plugins should now be working.

Weird sequence of characters show up when installing or updating plugins

Related: issue #25

  • This could be caused by tmuxline.vim plugin. Uninstall it and see if things work.

"failed to connect to server" error when sourcing .tmux.conf

Related: issue #48

  • Make sure tmux source ~/.tmux.conf command is ran from inside tmux.

tpm not working: '~/.tmux/plugins/tpm/tpm' returned 2 (Windows / Cygwin)

Related: issue #81

This issue is most likely caused by Windows line endings. For example, if you have git's core.autocrlf option set to true, git will automatically convert all the files to Windows line endings which might cause a problem.

The solution is to convert all line ending to Unix newline characters. This command handles that for all files under .tmux/ dir (skips .git subdirectories):

find ~/.tmux -type d -name '.git*' -prune -o -type f -print0 | xargs -0 dos2unix

'~/.tmux/plugins/tpm/tpm' returned 127 (on macOS, w/ tmux installed using brew)

Related: issue #67

This problem is because tmux's run-shell command runs a shell which doesn't read from user configs, thus tmux installed in /usr/local/bin will not be found.

The solution is to insert the following line:

set-environment -g PATH "/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin"

before any run-shell/run commands in ~/.tmux.conf.