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:sparkles: My dotfiles (.vimrc, .zshrc, etc.)
VimL Shell Ruby
Latest commit 4ed210d @gabebw Add spellchecking to Vim



Gabriel Berke-Williams' dotfiles for zsh, ruby, git, and more.

Questions? Comments? Open an issue or tweet @gabebw.


  • OS X
  • ZSH (to change your default shell to ZSH: chsh -s $(which zsh) $USER)
  • Homebrew


$ git clone ~/.dotfiles
$ cd ~/.dotfiles
$ ./

It will install rcm and use that to safely symlink the dotfiles, prompting you if a file already exists (like if you already have ~/.zshrc).


rcm will symlink all files into place, keeping the folder structure relative to the tag root. However, non-configuration files and folders like system/, Brewfile,, etc will not be linked because they are in the EXCLUDES section of the rcrc file.


rcm has the concept of tags: items under tag-git/ are in the git tag, and so on. I'm using it for organization, so that if someone starts using Haskell I can point them at all of my Haskell configuration across Vim/Zsh/GHCi, all in one place.


Zsh has lots of good stuff in zsh/options.zsh and zsh/aliases.zsh.

The Zsh prompt is in zsh/prompt.zsh. It shows the current directory, the current git branch, the status of the git branch (changed, staged, clean, etc) and the current Ruby version. It is well-documented, and entirely self-contained: you can copy it into your dotfiles with no changes to test it out. (It does assume you use rbenv.)


Many scripts and configurations have been inspired by or outright stolen from my colleagues at thoughtbot. Of special note, I've stolen many things from Chris Toomey and Gordon Fontenot, among others that I'm sure I'm forgetting.

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