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A set of vim, zsh, git, and tmux configuration files.

Automatically prune remote branches when fetching

* Removes the need to occasionally run `git remote prune`.
* Remove branches when fetching instead of deleting other branches.
latest commit 6d0ea824f4
Joe Ferris jferris authored April 21, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 bin Isolate credits to README June 18, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 hooks Always update from vundle December 05, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 vim Fix issue with submodules April 24, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 zsh Remove functions wrapping Zeus April 18, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 .gitignore Ignore new things in vim/bundle/ April 24, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 Brewfile changes 'brew tap thoughtbot/rcm' to 'brew tap thoughtbot/formulae' February 02, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 LICENSE Update copyright to 2014 January 27, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 Exclude Brewfile March 14, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 agignore Use ag instead of ack March 01, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 aliases Remove gi and giv aliases April 04, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 gemrc Disable Rubygem documentation to make Bundler fast November 23, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 gitconfig Remove prune from delete-branch April 21, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 gitignore Globally ignore `.env` file September 20, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 gitmessage Remove trailing whitespace in gitmessage April 18, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 gvimrc Vim configuration January 13, 2011
Octocat-spinner-32 hushlogin Turn off banner at login June 24, 2013
Octocat-spinner-32 psqlrc Add psqlrc January 24, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 rcrc Personal files take precedence over stock files April 10, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 rspec Remove RSpec -- profile option April 09, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 tmux.conf Add extra option for base pane index for tmuxinator March 07, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 vimrc Use default 'complete' Vim setting April 03, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 vimrc.bundles Add syntax highliting for slim via vim-slim April 09, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 zshrc Improve zsh history April 09, 2014

thoughtbot dotfiles


Set zsh as your login shell:

chsh -s $(which zsh)


Clone onto your laptop:

git clone git://

(Or, fork and keep your fork updated).

Install rcm:

brew bundle dotfiles/Brewfile


rcup -d dotfiles -x -x LICENSE -x Brewfile

This will create symlinks for config files in your home directory. The -x options, which exclude the, LICENSE, and Brewfile files, are needed during installation but can be skipped once the .rcrc configuration file is symlinked in.

You can safely run rcup multiple times to update:


Make your own customizations

Put your customizations in dotfiles appended with .local:

  • ~/.aliases.local
  • ~/.gitconfig.local
  • ~/.gvimrc.local
  • ~/.tmux.conf.local
  • ~/.vimrc.local
  • ~/.vimrc.bundles.local
  • ~/.zshrc.local

For example, your ~/.aliases.local might look like this:

# Productivity
alias todo='$EDITOR ~/.todo'

Your ~/.gitconfig.local might look like this:

  l = log --pretty=colored
  colored = format:%Cred%h%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)%an%Creset
  name = Dan Croak
  email =

Your ~/.zshrc.local might look like this:

# recommended by brew doctor
export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

Your ~/.vimrc.bundles.local might look like this:

Bundle 'Lokaltog/vim-powerline'
Bundle 'stephenmckinney/vim-solarized-powerline'

What's in it?

vim configuration:

  • Ctrl-P for fuzzy file/buffer/tag finding.
  • Rails.vim for enhanced navigation of Rails file structure via gf and :A (alternate), :Rextract partials, :Rinvert migrations, etc.
  • Run RSpec specs from vim.
  • Set <leader> to a single space.
  • Switch between the last two files with space-space.
  • Syntax highlighting for CoffeeScript, Textile, Cucumber, Haml, Markdown, and HTML.
  • Use Ag instead of Grep when available.
  • Use Exuberant Ctags for tab completion.
  • Use GitHub color scheme.
  • Use Vundle to manage plugins.

tmux configuration:

  • Improve color resolution.
  • Remove administrative debris (session name, hostname, time) in status bar.
  • Set prefix to Ctrl+a (like GNU screen).
  • Soften status bar color from harsh green to light gray.

git configuration:

  • Adds a create-branch alias to create feature branches.
  • Adds a delete-branch alias to delete feature branches.
  • Adds a merge-branch alias to merge feature branches into master.
  • Adds an up alias to fetch and rebase origin/master into the feature branch. Use git up -i for interactive rebases.

Ruby configuration:

  • Add trusted binstubs to the PATH.
  • Load rbenv into the shell, adding shims onto our PATH.

Shell aliases and scripts:

  • b for bundle.
  • g with no arguments is git status and with arguments acts like git.
  • git-churn to show churn for the files changed in the branch.
  • m for rake db:migrate && rake db:rollback && rake db:migrate && rake db:test:prepare.
  • mcd to make a directory and change into it.
  • rake is zeus rake if using Zeus on the project in current directory.
  • replace foo bar **/*.rb to find and replace within a given list of files.
  • rk for rake.
  • rspec is zeus rspec if using Zeus on the project in current directory.
  • tat to attach to tmux session named the same as the current directory.
  • v for $VISUAL.


Thank you, contributors! Also, thank you to Corey Haines, Gary Bernhardt, and others for sharing your dotfiles and other shell scripts from which we derived inspiration for items in this project.


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Dotfiles is © 2009-2014 thoughtbot, inc. It is free software and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.

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