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Kai Middleton's dotfiles

I am using Ben Somer's setup which he describes below. It has some modifications of my own for the bookrenter Developer directory. Plus a few aliases and history settings I like.

These are config files to set up a system the way I like it. Forked them from Ryan Bates', because it seemed like a sensible reference point to start. He's primarily a zsh user, while I like bash, but I'm going to iron that out.


git clone git:// ~/.dotfiles
cd ~/.dotfiles
If you're on OS X: git checkout osx
If you're on Ubuntu: git checkout ubuntu
rake install


Currently these are set for my office machine, running OS X, but my home computers are all Ubuntu, and so I'm going to try maintaining files for both, controlled by branching. I use bash, but at the moment this inherits Ryan's zsh changes, which I don't use or pay attention to.

If you would like to switch to zsh, you can do so with the following command.

chsh -s /bin/zsh


I normally place all of my coding projects in ~/code, so this directory can easily be accessed (and tab completed) with the “c” command.

c railsca<tab>

There is also an “h” command which behaves similar, but acts on the home path.

h doc<tab>

Tab completion is also added to rake and cap commands:

rake db:mi<tab>
cap de<tab>

To speed things up, the results are cached in local .rake_tasks~ and .cap_tasks~. It is smart enough to expire the cache automatically in most cases, but you can simply remove the files to flush the cache.

There are a few key bindings set. Many of these require option to be set as the meta key. Option-left/right arrow will move cursor by word, and control-left/right will move to beginning and end of line. Control-option-N will open a new tab with the current directory under Mac OS X Terminal.

If you're using git, you'll notice the current branch name shows up in the prompt while in a git repository. Your repo's dirty status shows up with a bang. If you're using RVM, you'll notice your current ruby shows up on the prompt as well (much credit to tsaleh, for the best rvm prompt script I've yet seen).

If you're using Rails, you'll find some handy aliases (below). You can also use show_log and hide_log in script/console to show the log inline.

ss       # script/server
sc       # script/console
sg       # script/generate
a        # autotest
tlog     # tail -f log/development.log
rst      # touch tmp/restart.txt
migrate  # rake db:migrate db:test:clone
scaffold # script/generate nifty_scaffold

See the other aliases in ~/.zsh/aliases

If there are some shell configuration settings which you want secure or specific to one system, place it into a ~/.localrc file. This will be loaded automatically if it exists.

There are several features enabled in Ruby's irb including history and completion. Many convenience methods are added as well such as “ri” which can be used to get inline documentation in IRB. See irbrc and railsrc files for details.