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fish gi is alias for git. cp is alias for cherrypick May 6, 2018
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.bashrc homebrew and disk management stuff. assorted. Mar 17, 2016
.dircolors update dircolors to latest. Feb 22, 2018
.eslintrc.js upgrade base eslint config. May 13, 2017
.exports hardening for ubuntu May 5, 2015
.functions use statikk for static file hosting. Jun 21, 2017
.gemrc gem installs shouldnt waste time on documentation. Dec 7, 2015
.gitattributes no more whitespace fixing automatically. Jan 26, 2013
.gitconfig git diff: compaction heuristic -> indent heuristic -> now the default Oct 25, 2018
.gitignore git: color on auto. ignore some chromium files globally Jan 30, 2018
.gitmodules fish prompt: migrate to port of 'pure' prompt Dec 12, 2016
.hushlogin add .hushlogin file which avoids 'Last login: Mon Dec 12 10:40:21 on … Dec 12, 2016
.inputrc import * from bash-sensible. fixes #59 Jan 4, 2017
.osx remove QLEnableTextSelection change (#98) Oct 18, 2018
.ssh.config.example rename ssh config. Dec 8, 2016
.vimrc Fix typo error (#94) Feb 15, 2018
.zshrc Remove right arrow command Oct 27, 2016 readme note about submodule Dec 12, 2016 tweaks to brew/cask installs. Mar 26, 2017 tweaks to brew/cask installs. Mar 26, 2017
crontab add explanation art to crontab (#93) Feb 6, 2018
package.json upgrade base eslint config. May 13, 2017 remove c command which depends on python. Apr 25, 2017 symlink-setup: fish Dec 7, 2015

Paul's dotfiles

  • I maintain this repo as my dotfiles, but I'm keenly aware people are using it for theirs.
  • You're quite welcome to make suggestions, however I may decline if it's not of personal value to me.
  • If you're starting off consider forking mathias or alrra. paulmillr and gf3 also have great setups


installing & using

  • fork this to your own acct
  • clone that repo
  • read and run parts of
  • read and run
    • git config needs attention, read the notes.
  • use it. yay!


  • commit/push changes you want.
  • you can also hypothetically cherry-pick commits from me and mathias and our fork ecosystem.


This repo contains config for bash, zsh, and fish. As of March 2016, I'm using fish shell mostly, but fall back to bash once in a while. The bash and fish stuff are both well maintained; zsh, less so. If you're using fish you'll want to do a git submodule update --init.

my favorite parts.

.aliases and .functions

So many goodies.

The "readline config" (.inputrc)

Basically it makes typing into the prompt amazing.

  • tab like crazy for autocompletion that doesnt suck. tab all the things. srsly.
  • no more that says "Display all 1745 possibilities? (y or n)" YAY
  • type cat <uparrow> to see your previous cats and use them.
  • case insensitivity.
  • tab all the livelong day.

Moving around in folders (z, ..., cdf)

z helps you jump around to whatever folder. It uses actual real magic to determine where you should jump to. Seperately there's some ... aliases to shorten cd ../.. and .., .... etc. Then, if you have a folder open in Finder, cdf will bring you to it.

z dotfiles
z blog
....      # drop back equivalent to cd ../../..
z public
cdf       # cd to whatever's up in Finder

z learns only once its installed so you'll have to cd around for a bit to get it taught. Lastly, I use open . to open Finder from this path. (That's just available normally.)

overview of files

Automatic config

  • .vimrc, .vim - vim config, obv.
  • .inputrc - behavior of the actual prompt line

shell environment

  • .aliases
  • .bash_profile
  • .bash_prompt
  • .bashrc
  • .exports
  • .functions
  • .extra - not included, explained below

manual run

  • - random apps i need installed
  • - sets up symlinks for all dotfiles and vim config.
  • .osx - run on a fresh osx setup
  • & - homebrew initialization

git, brah

  • .git
  • .gitattributes
  • .gitconfig
  • .gitignore

.extra for your private configuration

There will be items that don't belong to be committed to a git repo, because either 1) it shoudn't be the same across your machines or 2) it shouldn't be in a git repo. Kick it off like this:

touch ~/.extra && $EDITOR $_

I have some EXPORTS, my PATH construction, and a few aliases for ssh'ing into my servers in there.

I don't know how other folks manage their $PATH, but this is how I do mine:

# The top-most paths override here.
# ...

export PATH

Sensible OS X defaults

Mathias's repo is the canonical for this, but you should probably run his or mine after reviewing it.



One-off binaries that aren't via an npm global or homebrew. git open, wifi-password, coloredlogcat, git-overwritten, and subl for Sublime Text.

Syntax highlighting for these files

If you edit this stuff, install Dotfiles Syntax Highlighting via Package Control