Dotfiles, the configuration files used by Unix-like machines, can become disorganized over time. Entropy rules! This article describes my recent attempt to bring order to dotfile chaos. The steps can be summarized as follows:
- Move the non-private dotfiles (dotfiles that will be viewed by others on Github) into a directory called
- From the
homedirectory, create a symbolic link to each dotfile in the
- Use Git to manage the
~/.dotfilesdirectory, and share it on GitHub.
Dotfiles are normally hidden when you try to view them in the Mac OS X Finder. To view them from the command prompt, use
$ ls -al.