Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time

rachit does dotfiles

// note: below is a copy of zholman's dotfiles README. I've made some modifications but I'm still too lazy to change the README too much. Use at your own risk


Dotfiles are a way of organizing your setup and making it consistent. Just as people refactor their codebases to be modular and DRY, Zach Holman modified his dotfiles so they were modular. I forked and made this own version for myself.

If you want to read about dotfiles, Zach has some thoughts.


Run this:

git clone --recursive ~/.dotfiles
cd ~/.dotfiles

This will symlink the appropriate files in .dotfiles to your home directory. Everything is configured and tweaked within ~/.dotfiles. Install is --recursive because I've set up a number of git submodules for vim (in vim/bundle).

If you're coming from a pure Mac setup, you'll want to set your default shell to be zsh, so use chsh -s /bin/zsh. Then, start up zsh from your current bash shell via zsh. Now you should be good to go!

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.

dot is a simple script that installs some dependencies, sets sane OS X defaults, and so on. Tweak this script, and occasionally run dot from time to time to keep your environment fresh and up-to-date. You can find this script in bin/.

topical (from @holman)

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 script/bootstrap.

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.

components (from @holman)

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/path.zsh: Any file named path.zsh is loaded first and is expected to setup $PATH or similar.
  • topic/completion.zsh: Any file named completion.zsh is loaded last and is expected to setup autocomplete.
  • 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 script/bootstrap.
  • system/ this is a custom stylesheet I created for my MacDown editor, which I actually use a lot. It's a fork off SolarizedDark, (hence the name) but doesn't pay attention to any style or design principles - I just tweaked the colors until I felt satisfied with it. Anyway, you'll have to (manually - oh the horror) copy the file over to your Themes/ folder for MacDown. Cheers

bugs (from @holman)

I want this to work for everyone; that means when you clone it down it should work for you even though you may not have rbenv installed, for example. 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!


Obviously this repo (and much of the readme) is forked from Zach Holman who has excellent dotfiles. Many thanks to him. I haven't customized much yet.


Linus Torvalds-approved!

I'm Linus Torvalds and I approve this repository. Linus Torvalds


Dotfiles for my Mac (forked from Zach Holman)







No releases published


No packages published