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OmeGak (also) does dotfiles

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                                              Let's do(t) this!

Your dotfiles are how you personalize your system. These are mine.

This framework was forked from Zach Holman’s dotfiles and based on his ideas:

I was a little tired of having long alias files and everything strewn about (which is extremely common on other dotfiles projects, too). That led to this project being much more topic-centric. I realized I could split a lot of things up into the main areas I used (Ruby, git, system libraries, and so on), so I structured the project accordingly.

If you’re interested in the philosophy behind why projects like these are awesome, you might want to read my post on the subject.


Easy. Run this:

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

The installation process will guide you through and will mainly: 1) set your shell to zsh, 2) symlink the appropriate files in .dotfiles to your home directory, and 3) run several install scripts.

Everything is configured and tweaked within ~/.dotfiles. 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.


After the install, do things with dot. It’s a fairly simple script that gives access to some common actions.

  • dot run will symlink new files into your home directory and run topic installers.
  • dot osxrun will install OS X applications and apply setting defaults.
  • dot edit will open an editor on your ~/.dotfiles folder.


My dotfiles come with a lot of stuff. Seriously, a lot of stuff. Check them out in the file browser above and see what components may mess up with you. Fork it, remove what you don’t use, and build on what you do use.


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 do dot run.


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. New files will get symlinked with dot run.
  • *topic*/* These scripts will be run during the initial installation and anytime after that with dot run. They are expected to install stuff in the system.
  • *topic*/* These scripts will be executed before the * ones do. They are expected to install stuff the latter depend on.


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!


I first learned of dotfiles frameworks from

I forked Zach Holman’s minimalistic framework and kept on tweaking it until my changes were too big to keep up with upstream and decided to maintain my own. Holman’s dotfiles were an easy way to get into shell customization and system automation and a decent amount of the code in these dotfiles stems or is inspired from his original project.

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