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Nick's Dotfiles - README

This is just a collection of my personal dot files. Vim plugins are managed using git submodules


  1. First be sure you have the necessary dependencies installed. On Debian you would run:

     sudo apt-get install git ruby rake python silversearcher-ag

    or on Mac OSX:

     brew install macvim --override-system-vim
     brew install cmake git
     brew install the_silver_searcher #better Ack (provides the 'ag' command)
     brew install reattach-to-user-namespace #To fix tmux issues with OSX (launchctrl, copy/paste, etc)
  2. Install ruby (I recommend either rbenv or rvm to manage your rubies)

  3. Then run the following commands:

     git clone ~/.dotfiles
     cd ~/.dotfiles
  4. Install Powerline compatible fonts by following the instructions here (optional, Powerline will still work, just won't look as nice)

  5. Build YouCompleteMe

     cd ~/.dotfiles/vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe && ./
  6. Build ctrlp-cmatcher (much faster ctrlp)

     cd ~/.vim/bundle/ctrlp-cmatcher/ && ./
  7. You may want to copy the config files for Powerline and customize them as you desire.

     mkdir ~/.config/powerline
     cp -R ~/.dotfiles/vim/bundle/powerline/powerline/config_files/* ~/.config/powerline
  8. Change your shell to zsh (optional) chsh -s /bin/zsh


I had problems with getting MacVim from Homebrew to link to my updated version of python. Found an answer here

If you get zsh auto complete errors, make sure permissions are correct.

    compaudit                     #Discover what files are issues
    chmod -R go-w ~/.oh-my-zsh    #Fix them
    rm -f ~/.zcompdump*; compinit #Reload them (or restart the terminal session)