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My OS X dotfiles (Adapted from Mat Marquis via Nicolas Gallager).

If you'd like to Install

The installation step requires the XCode Command Line Tools and may overwrite existing dotfiles in your HOME directory.

$ bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

N.B. If you wish to fork this project and maintain your own dotfiles, you must substitute my username for your own in the above command and the 2 variables found at the top of the bin/dotfiles script.

How to update

You should run the update when:

  • You make a change to ~/.dotfiles/git/gitconfig (the only file that is copied rather than symlinked).
  • You want to pull changes from the remote repository.
  • You want to update Homebrew formulae and Node packages.

Run the dotfiles command:

$ dotfiles


-h, --help Help
-l, --list List of additional applications to install
--no-packages Suppress package updates
--no-sync Suppress pulling from the remote repository


Automatic software installation

Homebrew formulae:

Node packages:

N.B. If your pre-existing Homebrew installation is not in /usr/local then you must prepend your custom installation's bin to the PATH in .bash_profile.local:

# Add `brew` command's custom location to PATH

Custom OS X defaults

Custom OS X settings can be applied during the dotfiles process. They can also be applied independently by running the following command:

$ osxdefaults

Local and private configurations

Any special-case Vim directives local to a machine should be stored in a .vimrc.local file on that machine. The directives will then be automatically imported into your master .vimrc.

Any private and custom commands should be stored in a ~/.bash_profile.local file. Any commands included in this file will not be under version control or committed to a public repository. If ~/.bash_profile.local exists, it will be sourced for inclusion in bash_profile.

Here is an example ~/.bash_profile.local:

# PATH exports
export PATH

# Git credentials
# Not under version control to prevent people from
# accidentally committing with your details
GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="Robb Schiller"
# Set the credentials (modifies ~/.gitconfig)
git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_NAME"
git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL"

# Export PhantomJS bin location for custom Homebrew directory
export PHANTOMJS_BIN="$(brew --prefix)/bin/phantomjs"

The git/gitconfig file is copied to ~/.gitconfig, so any private git configuration specified in ~/.bash_profile.local will not be committed to your dotfiles repository.

Adding new git submodules

If you want to add more git submodules, e.g., Vim plugins to be managed by pathogen, then follow these steps while in the root of the superproject.

# Add the new submodule
git submodule add vim/bundle/one-submodule
# Initialize and clone the submodule
git submodule update --init
# Stage the changes
git add vim/bundle/one-submodule
# Commit the changes
git commit -m "Add a new submodule: one-submodule"

Updating git submodules

Updating individual submodules within the superproject:

# Change to the submodule directory
cd vim/bundle/one-submodule
# Checkout the desired branch (of the submodule)
git checkout master
# Pull from the tip of master (of the submodule - could be any sha or pointer)
git pull origin master
# Go back to main dotfiles repo root
cd ../../..
# Stage the submodule changes
git add vim/bundle/one-submodule
# Commit the submodule changes
git commit -m "Update submodule 'one-submodule' to the latest version"
# Push to a remote repository
git push origin master

Now, if anyone updates their local repository from the remote repository, then using git submodule update will update the submodules (that have been initialized) in their local repository. N.B This will wipe away any local changes made to those submodules.


Inspiration and code was taken from many sources, including: