dotfiles

More than just dotfiles

Started as a fork of Zach Holman’s dotfiles which was itself a fork of Ryan Bate’s dotfiles. Things are still in flux and I expect more changes. (TODO Better description of the dotfiles than the cursory update that’s been done).

install

Run this:

cd ~/
git clone https://github.com/neilpa/dotfiles.git .config
cd .config/
./bootstrap

This will symlink the appropriate files in ~/.config to your home directory. Everything is configured and tweaked within ~/.config.

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.

topical

Everything’s built around topic areas. If you’re adding a new area to your 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 bootstrap.

components

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 bootstrap.

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