The art of unix tool configs

While unix , in my case MacOSX, is the source of many great tools, most of them only get really great if they are configured correctly. For example looking at a “out of the box” Vim, it seems like an almost unusable editor, but configured right its probably one of the best, well it is the best for me at least.

While Ruby, especially Rails, preaches what is called “sane defaults”, which means that the default configuration is what most people should need, this is not true for most of the command line Unix tools, I’m sad to say. Or maybe it’s just me I don’t know. Since reconfiguring all the tools like I need them every time I’m at a new machine is a real hassle, so a long time ago I setup a svn repository with all of my configs so I can simple pull them down whenever I need them. Since svn is getting a little old fashioned, and also I think there is much to learn about configuration from reading others, I decided to just push everything to Bitbucket. I also wrote a really simple bash script to setup the configs needed simply by issuing

./setup_config.sh vim

to setup vim. Or use hg, screen, xemacs, bash to set them up.

I got to say so my vim configuration is rather large and is also spread over two directories, so maybe take a look there first, and check out the comments in the files since I at least try to keep them documented throughout their building process.

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