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Rich Trott's dotfiles


Using Git and the bootstrap script

I'm using the bootstrap script from Mathias Bynen's dotfiles. This README file also started life copied from there.

You can clone the repository wherever you want. The bootstrap script will pull in the latest version and copy the files to your home folder.

git clone && cd dotfiles && ./

To update, cd into your local dotfiles repository and then:


Alternatively, to update while avoiding the confirmation prompt:

./ -f

Git-free install

To install these dotfiles without Git:

cd; curl -#L | tar -xzv --strip-components 1 --exclude={,}

To update later on, just run that command again.

Specify the $PATH

If ~/.path exists, it will be sourced along with the other files, before any feature testing (such as detecting which version of ls is being used) takes place.

Here’s an example ~/.path file that adds ~/utils to the $PATH:

export PATH="$HOME/utils:$PATH"

Add custom commands without creating a new fork

If ~/.extra exists, it will be sourced along with the other files. You can use this to add a few custom commands without the need to fork this entire repository, or to add commands you don’t want to commit to a public repository.

Mathias's ~/.extra looks something like this:

# PATH additions
export PATH="~/bin:$PATH"

# Git credentials
# Not in the repository, to prevent people from accidentally committing under my name
GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="Mathias Bynens"
git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_NAME"
git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL"