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jAlexanderFox's dotfiles


This dotfiles repository utilizes Freshshell (fresh) to maintain and generate dotfiles.

fresh is a tool to source shell configuration (aliases, functions, etc) from others into your own configuration files. It supports files such as ackrc and gitconfig. Think of it as Bundler for your dot files.


Freshshell instructions suggest, installing your dotfiles in '~/.dotfiles'

To install these dotfiles without Git:

mkdir ~/.dotfiles; curl -#L | tar -xzv --strip-components 1 -C ~/.dotfiles

Or use Git:

cd; git clone && mv dotfiles .dotfiles

You are not done... now you need to decide whether you need to install Homebrew (brew), brew formulae, Caskroom (brew cask) and brew cask formulae. Checkout the "" file to see if you want all that installed and if you do follow the Full Install instructions, otherwise, Just fresh .dotfiles Install.

Full Install



Just fresh .dotfiles Install


Use Caution

As this repository was forked from the amazing Mathias Bynens, this fork does not support the structure in the original repository and therefore some of the following instructions may or may not work as expected. Use with caution

Specify the $PATH

If ~/.dotfiles/.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 ~/.dotfiles/.path file that adds ~/utils to the $PATH:

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

Add custom commands without creating a new fork

If ~/.dotfiles/.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 Bynens .extra looks something like this:

# 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"

You could also use ~/.dotfiles/.extra to override settings, functions and aliases from my dotfiles repository. It’s probably better to fork this repository instead, though.

Sensible OS X defaults

When setting up a new Mac, you may want to set some sensible OS X defaults:


Install Homebrew formulae

When setting up a new Mac, you may want to install some common Homebrew formulae (after installing Homebrew, of course):



Suggestions/improvements welcome!

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