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Erik Michaels-Ober's Dotfiles

These are the files I use to configure my shell just the way I like it.

Design Principles

With appologies to Stanley Kubrick:

This is my prompt.


There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My prompt is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my prompt is useless. Without my prompt, I am prompt and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen.

My prompt has two lines. The first line tells me where I am. It includes whoami, my hostname, my pwd, and my git branch, if I am within a repository.

My .vimrc is the product of 10 years of careful tuning. Using it is like having an extra arm.

If you managed to make it this far without ever reading In the Beginning was the Command Line, stop whatever you're doing and read that instead.


gem install thor
git clone git://
cd dotfiles
thor dotfiles:install


These files are an amalgamation of wisdom collected over the years, the sources of which are too numerous to list. The idea to put them in a repository with an install script was taken from Ryan Bates.

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