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# Yet Another Dotfile Repo v0.9
# Alpha Release Please Report Bugs

git clone ~/.yadr
cd ~/.yadr && rake install

# Your dotfiles are safe! YADR will not
# overwrite anything. Please read on for
# install directions!

This is a collection of best of breed tools from across the web, from scouring other people's dotfile repos, blogs, and projects.

What is YADR?

YADR is an opinionated dotfile repo that will make your heart sing

  • OSX is the best OS. MacVim is the best editor. Zsh is the best shell. Pry is the best irb. Solarized is the best color scheme.
  • Apple-style philosophy: make everything Just Work and Look Good. Don't worry about too many options.
  • All common commands should be two and three character mnemonic aliases - less keystrokes, RSI reduction
  • Avoid stressful hand motions, e.g. remap Esc to caps lock key, remap underscore to Alt-k in vim, make window management in vim easy.
  • Easy to use plugin architecture, no config files to edit.
  • Pick one tool and use it everywhere: vim-ize everything
  • NEW Beautiful, easy to read and small vimrc
  • NEW No key overrides or custom hackery in vimrc, everything in well factored snippets in .vim/plugin/settings

Why is this not a fork of Janus?

Janus is an amazing first effort to deliver a ready-to-use vim setup and is a huge inspiration to us all.

However as any first effort, it paves the way to improvements:

  • Much larger list of vim plugins, specifically geared to Ruby/Rails/Git development.
  • Optimized support for MacVim only means less things will break because we don't worry about linux or gvim.
  • Optimized support for Solarized color scheme only, everything guaranteed to Look Good. Your eyes will thank you.
  • All plugins tested with Solarized and custom color maps provided where needed to ensure your eyes will not bleed.
  • No configuration file to maintain. YADR uses tiny ruby scripts to wrap git submodule maintenance.
  • Much cleaner vimrc that keps keymaps isolated to a plugin file (not in the main vimrc).
  • All keymaps and customization in small, easy to maintain files under .vim/plugin/settings
  • More than just vim plugins - great shell aliases, osx, and irb/pry tweaks to make you more productive.



Before you start

For the love of all that is holy, stop abusing your hands! Remap caps-lock to escape:

Debugging vim keymappings

This is so useful, it needs to be at the top. If you are having unexpected behavior, wondering why a particular key works the way it does, use: :map [keycombo] (e.g. :map <C-\>) to see what the key is mapped to. For bonus points, you can see where the mapping was set by using :verbose map [keycombo]. If you omit the key combo, you'll get a list of all the maps. You can do the same thing with nmap, imap, vmap, etc.


YADR is opinionated. To get the most out of using it, you should install all the software it depends on.

Patched fonts for Vim-Powerline

Please install fonts from fonts/ directory. These are used to give a really nice vim status line.


Homebrew is the missing package manager for OSX. To install:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

With homebrew installed, install some packages:

brew install ack ctags git hub macvim

Ruby Debugger

This gem is used to give you visual IDE-style debugging within vim, combined with the vim-ruby-debugger plugin:

gem install ruby-debug-ide


Vim will complain every time you save a file if you do not have ctags installed correctly. We assume you have installed ctags via homebrew. If you have homebrew setup correctly running which ctags should output /usr/local/bin/ctags. If you get something else do this:

Make sure /usr/local/bin is before /usr/bin in your PATH.

If that doesn't work, move the OSX supplied ctags like so:

sudo mv /usr/bin/ctags /usr/bin/ctags_original


git clone ~/.oh-my-zsh cd ~/.oh-my-zsh && git submodule update --init --recursive

We prefer the @sorin-ionescu rewrite of Oh My Zsh. It will eventually be shipped as a submodule of YADR, although you can use the original @robbyrussell version as well.

You only need to do the two commands above. The rest of the installation is done by YADR, which ships with a tie-in to sorin's OMZ.


fasd gives you handy shell commands f,a,s,d, and z to jump to recently used files. Read more at the project's home page. Or just type z followed by a partial reference to a recent directory to see how it works.


Installation is automated via rake and the yadr command. To get started please run:

git clone ~/.yadr
cd ~/.yadr && rake install

Open the fonts in fonts/ and click Install Font for every font that you want. You must install Inconsolata to have YADR's powerline theme work correctly out of the box.

Note: YADR will not destroy any of your files unless you tell it to.


Upgrading is easy.

cd ~/.yadr
git pull origin master
rake install


After a lifetime of bash, I am now using ZSH as my default shell because of its awesome globbing and autocomplete features (the spelling fixer autocomplete is worth the money alone).

Migrating from bash to zsh is essentially pain free. The zshrc provided here restores the only feature that I felt was 'broken' which is the Ctrl-R reverse history search.

While I am not going to support bash out of the box here, YADR should work with bash if you just source the aliases file. However, you soul will sing if you install zsh. I promise.

Lots of things I do every day are done with two or three character mnemonic aliases. Please feel free to edit them:

ae # alias edit
ar # alias reload

ZSH Customizations

  • Vim mode
  • Bash style ctrl-R for reverse history finder
  • Ctrl-x,Ctrl-l to insert output of last command
  • Fuzzy matching - if you mistype a directory name, tab completion will fix it

How To Customize ZSH

YADR allows you to completely customize your ZSH without having to fork and maintain the project. Here's how it works: YADR will source (include) any files in .yadr/custom/zsh/before/* or .yadr/custom/zsh/after/*. The before files are useful for setting the theme and plugins. after files allow you to override options set by YADR, define your own aliases, etc.

To make your life easier, create a zsh folder in your Dropbox (or as a git repo) and symlink it into ~/.yadr/custom. Do it like this:

ln -s ~/Dropbox/path/to/zsh ~/.yadr/custom/zsh

Create as many before/whatever.zsh or after/whatever.zsh files as you need within the zsh directory. Please see custom/zsh.sample for an example.


Pry ( offers a much better out of the box IRB experience with colors, tab completion, and lots of other tricks. You can also use it as an actual debugger by installing pry-nav ( to get colorized debugging that shows you where you are as you step through.

You should:

Install the gem

gem install pry
gem install pry-nav
gem install awesome_print

Use pry

  • as irb: pry
  • as rails console: script/console --irb=pry
  • as a debugger: require 'pry'; binding.pry in your code (or just type pry!<space> to make vim do it)

Pry Customizations:

  • clear command to clear screen
  • sql command to execute something (within a rails console)
  • c (continue) n (next) s (step) commands for debugging using pry-nav
  • all objects displayed in readable format (colorized, sorted hash keys) - via awesome_print
  • a few color modifications to make it more useable
  • type help to see all the commands


User Info

Since the gitconfig doesn't contain the user info, I recommend using env variables. Put the following in your ~/.secrets file which is automatically referenced by the provided zshrc:

# Set your git user info
export GIT_AUTHOR_NAME='Your Name'
export GIT_COMMITTER_NAME='Your Name'

# Optionally, set your GitHub credentials
export GITHUB_USER='your_user_name'
export GITHUB_TOKEN='your_github_token'

Git Customizations:

  • git l - a much more usable git log
  • git b - a list of branches with summary of last commit
  • git r - a list of remotes with info
  • git t - a list of tags with info
  • git nb - a (n)ew (b)ranch - like checkout -b
  • git cp - cherry-pick -x (showing what was cherrypicked)
  • git changelog - a nice format for creating changelogs
  • Some sensible default configs, such as improving merge messages, push only pushes the current branch, removing status hints, and using mnemonic prefixes in diff: (i)ndex, (w)ork tree, (c)ommit and (o)bject
  • Slightly improved colors for diff
  • git unstage (remove from index) and git uncommit (revert to the time prior to the last commit - dangerous if already pushed) aliases


A .gemrc is included. Never again type gem install whatever --no-ri --no-rdoc. --no-ri --no-rdoc is done by default.

Vimization of everything

The provided inputrc and editrc will turn your various command line tools like mysql and irb into vim prompts. There's also an included Ctrl-R reverse history search feature in editrc, very useful in irb.

Vim Configuration

The .vimrc is well commented and broken up by settings. I encourage you to take a look and learn some of my handy aliases, or comment them out if you don't like them, or make your own.

Vim Keymaps

The files in vim/plugin/settings are customizations stored on a per-plugin basis. The main keymap is available in skwp-keymap.vim, but some of the vim files contain key mappings as well (TODO: probably will move them out to skwp-keymap.vim)


  • ,z - go to previous buffer (:bp)
  • ,x - go to next buffer (:bn)
  • Cmd-j and Cmd-k to move up and down roughly by functions
  • Ctrl-o - Old cursor position - this is a standard mapping but very useful, so included here
  • Ctrl-i - opposite of Ctrl-O (again, this is standard)


  • ,lj - show buffers (LustyJuggler buffer search), just type to fuzzy match a buffer name
  • ,lf - file system browser


  • Cmd-Shift-R to use vim-ruby-conque to run a spec file. Cmd-Shift-L to run from a line (individual it block), ,Cmd-Shift-R to rerun the last run command (great for re-running specs)
  • ,vv and ,cc to switch between view and controller

Surround.vim customizations

  • in plugin/settings/surround.vim (this folder contains all my customizations)
  • the # key now surrounds with #{}, so ysaw# (surround around word) #{foo}
  • = surrounds with <%= erb tag %>; - for <% this %>. So, yss= or yss- to wrap code

Search/Code Navigation

  • ,f - instantly Find definition of class (must have exuberant ctags installed)
  • ,F - same as ,f but in a vertical split
  • ,gf - same as vim normal gf (go to file), but in a vertical split
  • K - GitGrep the current word under the cursor and show results in quickfix window
  • ,K - GitGrep the current word up to next exclamation point (useful for ruby foo! methods)
  • Cmd-* - highlight all occurrences of current word (similar to regular * except doesn't move)
  • ,hl - toggle search highlight on and off
  • ,gg - GitGrep command line, type between quotes
  • ,gd - GitGrep def (greps for 'def [function name]') when cursor is over the function name
  • ,gcp - GitGrep Current Partial to find references to the current view partial
  • ,gcf - GitGrep Current File to find references to the current file
  • // - clear the search
  • ,q/ - quickfix window with last search (stolen from Steve Losh)
  • ,qa/ - quickfix Ack last search (Steve Losh)
  • ,qg/ - quickfix GitGrep last search
  • ,T - Tag list (list of methods in a class)
  • Ctrl-s - Open related spec in a split. Similar to :A and :AV from rails.vim but is also aware of the fast_spec dir and faster to type
  • ,,w (alias ,<esc>) or ,,b (alias ,<shift-esc>) - EasyMotion, a vimperator style tool that highlights jump-points on the screen and lets you type to get there.

File Navigation

  • ,t - CtrlP fuzzy file selector
  • ,b - CtrlP buffer selector
  • ,m - jump to method - CtrlP tag search within current buffer
  • ,M - jump to any Method - CtrlP tag search within all buffers
  • ,jm jump (via CtrlP) to app/models
  • ,jc app/controllers
  • ,jv app/views
  • ,jh app/helpers
  • ,jl lib
  • ,jp public
  • ,js spec
  • ,jf fast_spec
  • ,jt test
  • ,jd db
  • ,jC config
  • ,jV vendor
  • ,jF factories
  • Cmd-Shift-P - Clear CtrlP cache
  • :Bopen [gem name] to navigate to a gem (@tpope/vim-bundler)


  • Cmd-Space to autocomplete. Tab for snipmate snippets.
  • Cmd-k and Cmd-d to type underscores and dashes (use Shift), since they are so common in code but so far away from home row
  • Ctrl-l to insert a => hashrocket (thanks @garybernhardt)
  • ,. to go to last edit location (same as '.) because the apostrophe is hard on the pinky
  • ,ci to change inside any set of quotes/brackets/etc
  • ,# ," ,' ,] ,) ,} to surround a word in these common wrappers. the # does #{ruby interpolation}. works in visual mode (thanks @cj)
  • Cmd-', Cmd-", Cmd-], Cmd-), etc to change content inside those surrounding marks. You don't have to be inside them.

Tab Navigation

  • Ctrl-H and Ctrl-L - left an right on tabs
  • Use Cmd-1 thru Cmd-9 to switch to a specific tab number (like iTerm) - and tabs have been set up to show numbers

Window Navigation

  • Ctrl-h,l,j,k - to move left, right, down, up between windows
  • Q - Intelligent Window Killer. Close window wincmd c if there are multiple windows to same buffer, or kill the buffer bwipeout if this is the last window into it.
  • Cmd-Arrow keys - resize windows (up/down for vertical, left=make smaller horizontally, right=make bigger horizontally)


  • vv - vertical split (Ctrl-w,v)
  • ss - horizontal split (Ctrl-w,s)
  • ,qo - open quickfix window (this is where output from GitGrep goes)
  • ,qc - close quickfix
  • ,gz - zoom a window to max size and again to unzoom it (ZoomWin plugin, usually C-w,o)

NERDTree Project Tree

  • Cmd-Shift-N - NERDTree toggle
  • Ctrl-\ - Show current file tree


  • ,ig - toggle visual indentation guides
  • ,cf - Copy Filename of current file (full path) into system (not vi) paste buffer
  • ,cn - Copy Filename of current file (name only, no path)
  • ,vc - (Vim Command) copies the command under your cursor and executes it in vim. Great for testing single line changes to vimrc.
  • ,vr - (Vim Reload) source current file as a vim file
  • ,yw - yank a word from anywhere within the word (so you don't have to go to the beginning of it)
  • ,ow - overwrite a word with whatever is in your yank buffer - you can be anywhere on the word. saves having to visually select it
  • ,ocf - open changed files (stolen from @garybernhardt). open all files with git changes in splits
  • ,w - strip trailing whitespaces
  • sj - split a line such as a hash {:foo => {:bar => :baz}} into a multiline hash (j = down)
  • sk - unsplit a link (k = up)
  • ,he - Html Escape
  • ,hu - Html Unescape
  • Cmd-Shift-A - align things (type a character/expression to align by, works in visual mode or by itself)
  • :ColorToggle - turn on #abc123 color highlighting (useful for css)
  • :gitv - Git log browsers
  • ,hi - show current Highlight group. if you don't like the color of something, use this, then use hi! link [groupname] [anothergroupname] in your vimrc.after to remap the color. You can see available colors using :hi
  • ,yr - view the yankring - a list of your previous copy commands. also you can paste and hit ctrl-p for cycling through previous copy commands

Ruby Debugger

  • Visual ruby debugger included. All keys remapped to ,d(something) such as ,dn for Debugger Next or ,dv for Debugger Variables. Use :help ruby-debugger for more info, but keep in mind the new key maps (see vim/plugin/settings/vim-ruby-debugger.vim)


  • Cmd-/ - toggle comments (usually gcc from tComment)
  • gcp (comment a paragraph)


  • :Wrap - wrap long lines (e.g. when editing markdown files).
  • Cmd-[j, k, $, 0, ^] - navigate display lines.

Included vim plugins


  • NERDTree - everyone's favorite tree browser
  • NERDTree-tabs - makes NERDTree play nice with MacVim tabs so that it's on every tab
  • ShowMarks - creates a visual gutter to the left of the number column showing you your marks
  • EasyMotion - hit , (forward) or , (back) and watch the magic happen. Just type the letters and jump directly to your target - in the provided vimrc the keys are optimized for home row mostly. Using @skwp modified EasyMotion which uses vimperator-style two character targets.
  • LustyJuggler/Explorer - hit B, type buf name to match a buffer, or type S and use the home row keys to select a buffer
  • TagBar - hit ,T to see a list of methods in a class (uses ctags)
  • CtrlP - Ctrl-p or ,t to find a file


  • fugitive - "a git wrapper so awesome, it should be illegal...". Try Gstatus and hit - to toggle files. Git d to see a diff. Learn more:
  • gitv - use :gitv for a better git log browser
  • GitGrep - much better than the grep provided with fugitive; use :GitGrep or hit K to grep current word


  • AnsiEsc - inteprets ansi color codes inside log files. great for looking at Rails logs
  • solarized - a color scheme scientifically calibrated for awesomeness (including skwp mods for ShowMarks)
  • csapprox - helps colors to be represented correctly on terminals (even though we expect to use MacVim)
  • Powerline - beautiful vim status bar. Requires patched fonts (install from fonts/ directory)


  • tComment - gcc to comment a line, gcp to comment blocks, nuff said
  • sparkup - - hit ctrl-e, expands into <div class="foo" id="bar"/>, and that's just the beginning
  • rails.vim - syntax highlighting, gf (goto file) enhancements, and lots more. should be required for any rails dev
  • rake.vim - like rails.vim but for non-rails projects. makes :Rtags and other commands just work
  • ruby.vim - lots of general enhancements for ruby dev
  • necomplcache - intelligent and fast complete as you type, and added Command-Space to select a completion (same as Ctrl-N)
  • snipMate - offers textmate-like snippet expansion + scrooloose-snippets . try hitting TAB after typing a snippet
  • jasmine.vim - support for jasmine javascript unit testing, including snippets for it, before, etc..
  • vim-coffeescript - support for coffeescript, highlighting
  • vim-stylus - support for stylus css language
  • vim-bundler - work with bundled gems
  • vim-ruby-debugger - visual IDE-style debugger. Use :help ruby-debugger or :Rdebugger and ,dn to step


The things in this section provide new "objects" to work with your standard verbs such as yank/delete/change/=(codeformat), etc

  • textobj-rubyblock - ruby blocks become vim textobjects denoted with r. try var/vir to select a ruby block, dar/dir for delete car/cir for change, =ar/=ir for formatting, etc
  • vim-indentobject - manipulate chunks of code by indentation level (great for yaml) use vai/vii to select around an indent block, same as above applies
  • argtextobj - manipulation of function arguments as an "a" object, so vaa/via, caa/cia, daa/dia, etc..
  • textobj-datetime - gives you da (date), df (date full) and so on text objects. useable with all standard verbs
  • vim-textobj-entire - gives you e for entire document. so vae (visual around entire document), and etc
  • vim-textobj-rubysymbol - gives you : textobj. so va: to select a ruby symbol. da: to delete a symbol..etc
  • vim-textobj-function - gives you f textobj. so vaf to select a function
  • next-textobject - from Steve Losh, ability to use n such as vinb (visual inside (n)ext set of parens)


  • SplitJoin - easily split up things like ruby hashes into multiple lines or join them back together. Try :SplitjoinJoin and :SplitjoinSplit or use the bindings sj(split) and sk(unsplit) - mnemonically j and k are directions down and up
  • tabularize - align code effortlessly by using :Tabularize /[character] to align by a character, or try the keymaps
  • yankring - effortless sanity for pasting. every time you yank something it goes into a buffer. after hitting p to paste, use ctrl-p or ctrl-n to cycle through the paste options. great for when you accidentally overwrite your yank with a delete.
  • surround - super easy quote and tag manipulation - ysiw" - sourround inner word with quotes. ci"' - change inner double quotes to single quotes, etc
  • greplace - use :Gsearch to find across many files, replace inside the changes, then :Greplace to do a replace across all matches
  • ConqueTerm - embedded fully colorful shell inside your vim
  • vim-ruby-conque - helpers to run ruby,rspec,rake within ConqueTerm
  • vim-markdown-preview - :Mm to view your as html
  • html-escape - ,he and ,hu to escape and unescape html
  • ruby-debug-ide - not quite working for me, but maybe it will for you. supposedly a graphical debugger you can step through
  • Gundo - visualize your undos - pretty amazing plugin. Hit ,u with my keymappings to trigger it, very user friendly
  • slime - use ctrl-c,ctrl-c to send text to a running irb/pry/console. To start the console, you must use screen with a named session: "screen -S [name] [cmd]", ex: "screen -S pry pry"
  • vim-indent-guides - visual indent guides, off by default
  • color_highlight - use :ColorCodes to see hex colors highlighted
  • change-inside-surroundings - change content inside delimiters like quotes/brackets
  • Specky - used for color highlighting rspec correctly even if specs live outside of spec/ (rails.vim doesn't handle this)

General enhancements that don't add new commands

  • Arpeggio - allows you to define key-chord combinations
  • IndexedSearch - when you do searches will show you "Match 2 of 4" in the status line
  • delimitMate - automatically closes quotes
  • SearchComplete - tab completion in the / search window
  • syntastic - automatic syntax checking when you save the file
  • repeat - adds . (repeat command) support for complex commands like surround.vim. i.e. if you perform a surround and hit ., it will Just Work (vim by default will only repeat the last piece of the complex command)
  • endwise - automatically closes blocks (if/end)
  • autotag - automatically creates tags for fast sourcecode browsing. use ctrl-[ over a symbol name to go to its definition
  • matchit - helps with matching brackets, improves other plugins
  • sass-status - decorates your status bar with full nesting of where you are in the sass file

Overriding vim settings

You may use ~/.vimrc.before for settings like the leader setting. You may ~/.vimrc.after for any additional overrides/settings.

Adding your own vim plugins

YADR comes with a dead simple plugin manager that just uses git submodules, without any fancy config files.

yav -u

You can update all the plugins easily:


Delete a plugin (Coming Soon)

ydv -p airblade-vim-rooter

The aliases (yav=yadr vim-add-plugin) and (yuv=yadr vim-update-all-plugins) live in the aliases file. You can then commit the change. It's good to have your own fork of this project to do that.


OSX Hacks

The osx file is a bash script that sets up sensible defaults for devs and power users under osx. Read through it before running it. To use:


These hacks are Lion-centric. May not work for other OS'es. My favorite mods include:

  • Ultra fast key repeat rate (now you can scroll super quick using j/k)
  • No disk image verification (downloaded files open quicker)
  • Display the ~/Library folder in finder (hidden in Lion)

Other recommended OSX tools

  • NValt - Notational Velocity alternative fork - - syncs with SimpleNote
  • Vimium for Chrome - vim style browsing. The f to type the two char alias of any link is worth it.
  • QuickCursor - gives you Apple-Shift-E to edit any OSX text field in vim.
  • brew install autojump - will track your commonly used directories and let you jump there. With the zsh plugin you can just type j [dirspec], a few letters of the dir you want to go to.


I can't take credit for all of this. The vim files are a combination of work by tpope, scrooloose, and many hours of scouring blogs, vimscripts, and other places for the cream of the crop of vim awesomeness.

And everything that's in the modules included in vim/bundle of course. Please explore these people's work.


  • Initial Version: @skwp
  • Cleanup, auto installer: @kylewest

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