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Douglas Andrade's dotfiles


Your dotfiles are how you personalize your system. These are mine. The very prejudiced mix: OS X, zsh, Python, Django, Ruby, Rails, git, homebrew, sublimetext.

Also, a notable difference from @holman dotfiles, is that i use the oh-my-zsh project.

If you use these technologies, feel free to use these dotfiles =)

If you're interested in the philosophy behind why projects like these are awesome, you might want to read Zach Holman's post on the subject.


  • git clone git:// ~/.dotfiles
  • cd ~/.dotfiles
Take care with the next command, as im my system it overwrites by default.
  • rake install

The install rake task will symlink the appropriate files in .dotfiles to your home directory. Everything is configured and tweaked within ~/.dotfiles, though.

The main file you'll want to change right off the bat is zsh/zshrc.symlink, which sets up a few paths that'll be different on your particular machine.


Everything's built around topic areas. If you're adding a new area to your forked dotfiles — say, "Java" — you can simply add a java directory and put files in there. Anything with an extension of .zsh will get automatically included into your shell. Anything with an extension of .symlink will get symlinked without extension into $HOME when you run rake install.

what's inside

A lot of stuff. Seriously, a lot of stuff. Check them out in the file browser above and see what components may mesh up with you. Fork it, remove what you don't use, and build on what you do use.


There's a few special files in the hierarchy.

  • bin/: Anything in bin/ will get added to your $PATH and be made available everywhere.
  • topic/*.zsh: Any files ending in .zsh get loaded into your environment.
  • topic/*.symlink: Any files ending in *.symlink get symlinked into your $HOME. This is so you can keep all of those versioned in your dotfiles but still keep those autoloaded files in your home directory. These get symlinked in when you run rake install.
  • topic/* Any files ending in get loaded last so that they get loaded after we set up zsh autocomplete functions.


There are a few things I use to make my life awesome. They're not a required dependency, but if you install them they'll make your life a bit more like a bubble bath.

  • If you want some more colors for things like ls, install grc: brew install grc.


I want this to work for everyone; that means when you clone it down it should work for you.

That said, I do use this as my dotfiles, so there's a good chance I may break something if I forget to make a check for a dependency.

If you're brand-new to the project and run into any blockers, please open an issue on this repository and I'd love to get it fixed for you!


Thank you so much, @holman !

Your dotfiles really rocked and gave me inspiration to put my configs here.

You and all the rest of @github crew are amazing, thanks for making the dev world better everyday =)