Best Repository Ever

March 05, 2012

Two times now in the past few days I have wiped out a hard drive and started over by reinstalling the operating system and all the applications and settings I wanted. Both times I benefited hugely thanks to a small Github repository I created for myself.

That repository holds many of the configuration files that some of my software tools use, the so-called “dotfiles”. With a simple git clone command followed by a couple of ln -s commands to link the files into place I was able to recreate my zsh environment, setup my global Git configuration and ignore files, configure Vim, and load my TextMate 2 properties.

Originally I created the dotfile repository as an exercise in being nerdy. After this past weekend that exercise has more than paid for itself.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.