- Install Arch Linux
- Update the system
- Set up
- Set up Emacs
- Install the Fish shell
- Install the dotfiles
- Install packages from git
- Clean the
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This is my collection of dotfiles for my daily GNU/Linux environment, tweaked to my liking. If you wish to get the same setup as mine, follow the instructions below.
- Emacs configuration perfectly tailored for my own use
- Beautiful and comfy i3 and polybar configuration
- And enough information below to get basically the same distro install as I have on my main computer and my travel laptop.
Of course, some dependencies are needed for my dotfiles to work well. Here is a non-exhaustive list of software needed by these configuration files:
GNU/Emacs >= 26.2
- The Fish shell, using fisher
- Luke Smith’s fork of st
- Resloved’s i3-gaps-rounded fork of Airblader’s i3-gaps, itself a fork of i3
- Compton, more specificaly Tryone’s fork
- Rust (stable and nightly)
- LaTeX and XeTeX (
texlivepackages on Arch Linux)
- tmux, based on this repo’s configuration by Grégory Pakosz.
- And a bunch of other stuff, see below
And some other stuff scattered around in my dotfiles.
BTW, I use Arch.
Here will be presented what I do to get my system up and running on a fresh Arch Linux install. These installation instructions were written in order to get an Arch Linux distribution up and running with the same configuration as my main computer’s and my travelling laptop’s configuration.
Install Arch Linux
I usually install Arch from the vanilla ISO, however I began using archfi to
install easily the distro (I’ve done it so many times, I know how it works
now). Usually, my distros will be installed on at least two partitions, one
/home, the other to the root partition
/. When you boot into
the live ISO, execute the following command:
wget archfi.sf.net/archfi # Or from matmoul.github.io/archfi if SourceForge is down sh archfi
Then, follow the instructions and install Arch Linux.
Update the system
First of all, let’s update the system in order to be sure to have the latest version.
sudo pacman -Syu --noconfirm sudo pacman -S git emacs --needed --noconfirm
Next step is to install the AUR helper
yay (DO NOT use
yaourt, it is
discontinued, seriously updated and represents a serious security flaw).
Let’s clone it in a folder
fromGIT that will be in our home folder. This is
also where we’ll download every other packages we’ll install from git.
mkdir -p fromGIT cd fromGIT git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git cd yay makepkg -si --noconfirm
Now, we can install all the packages I usually have installed on my computer.
yay -S --needed --noconfirm asar ascii aspell-en aspell-fr assimp \ autoconf automake awesome-terminal-fonts bash bat biber binutils bison \ bleachbit bluez-firmware bluez-utils bookworm boost bzip2 chromium clisp \ compton-tryone-git coreutils cppcheck cppreference cppreference-devhelp \ cpupower cronie cryptsetup cups device-mapper dhcpcd diffutils\ discord-canary discount ditaa dmenu dmenu-lpass docker docker-compose \ doxygen dwarffortress e2fsprogs emacs exfat-utils fakeroot feh \ ffmpegthumbnailer file filesystem findutils fingerprint-gui firefox fish \ flake8 flex font-mathematica fontforge freeglut fzf gawk gcc gcc-libs gdb \ gettext gimp git glibc gnome-disk-utility gnome-epub-thumbnailer \ gnu-free-fonts gnuplot go-tools grep gzip htop i3-gaps i3lock-blur \ i3status icecat-bin igdm-bin inetutils intel-ucode iproute2 iputils \ j4-dmenu-desktop jfsutils lastpass-cli less libnewt libtool licenses \ light linux linux-firmware linux-headers lldb logrotate lsof lvm2 m4 make \ man-db man-pages mate-polkit mdadm meson minted mpc mpd \ mpd-rich-presence-discord-git mpv mupdf-tools nano nasm ncdu ncmpcpp \ nemo-fileroller nemo-preview neofetch netctl networkmanager \ networkmanager-openvpn nm-connection-editor nnn nomacs noto-fonts-emoji \ npm ntfs-3g openmp openssh p7zip pacman pacman-contrib pandoc-bin patch \ pavucontrol pciutils pcurses pdfpc perl pkgconf polybar procps-ng psmisc \ pulseaudio-bluetooth python-envtpl-git python-pip python-pywal qemu r \ raw-thumbnailer redshift refind-efi reflector reiserfsprogs rofi \ rofi-wifi-menu-git rsync rtv rustup s-nail samba scrot sdl2_gfx \ sdl2_image sdl2_mixer sdl2_ttf sed sent shadow siji-git \ simplescreenrecorder speedcrunch sshfs st-luke-git sudo sysfsutils \ systemd-sysvcompat tar texinfo texlive-bibtexextra texlive-bin \ texlive-core texlive-fontsextra texlive-formatsextra texlive-games \ texlive-humanities texlive-langchinese texlive-langcyrillic \ texlive-langextra texlive-langgreek texlive-langjapanese \ texlive-langkorean texlive-latexextra texlive-music texlive-pictures \ texlive-pstricks texlive-publishers texlive-science tmux tree \ ttf-arphic-uming ttf-baekmuk ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-dejavu \ ttf-google-fonts-opinionated-git ttf-joypixels ttf-liberation ttf-material-design-icons-git ttf-ms-fonts ttf-symbola \ ttf-tibetan-machine ttf-twemoji-color ttf-unifont unicode unicode-emoji \ unrar usbutils util-linux valgrind vi vim vulkan-headers w3m wget which \ whois x11-ssh-askpass xclip xdg-user-dirs-gtk xf86-input-wacom \ xf86-video-intel xfce4-power-manager xfsprogs xorg-server xorg-xinit xss-lock yadm
Given how many packages will be install from the AUR, I’ll probably have to type my password a few times.
yadm is my dotfiles manager. It has some very interesting, including host
and machine-specific files and file content, as can be seen in
Get the dotfiles
Generate the alt dotfiles
yadm will need to generate the host-specific dotfiles. To do so, you can
run the following command:
Set up Emacs
The first thing to do after setting up our system is setting up Emacs.
First, let’s download Spacemacs.
git clone https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d
Let’s switch Spacemacs’ branch to
git checkout develop
Set the custom layers
As mentionned above, I use some custom layers. Let’s symlink these to the
private folder of our
for d in ~/dotfiles/spacemacs-layers/* ln -s $d end
Symlink the Emacs config
Let’s not forget our Spacemacs/Emacs config, we’ll symlink it to our home directory.
ln -s ~/dotfiles/.spacemacs
Install the Fish shell
As mentionned above, I use the fish shell as my main shell. And I use some extensions too that I installed from fisher, and custom functions.
Let’s install fisher:
curl https://git.io/fisher --create-dirs -sLo \ ~/.config/fish/functions/fisher.fish
Awesome! Now, onto the fisher packages:
fisher add edc/bass franciscolourenco/done jethrokuan/fzf jethrokuan/z \ jorgebucaran/fish-getopts laughedelic/pisces \ matchai/spacefish tuvistavie/fish-ssh-agent
Install the fish config and custom functions
I will be symlinking my fishfile to its location
ln -s ~/dotfiles/config.fish
Now, in the
functions subdirectory, let’s symlink all of my custom
for f in ~/dotfiles/fishfunctions/*.fish ln -s $f end
Install the dotfiles
Update the submodules
Alright, let’s do something about all these dotfiles laying around. First, let’s symlink those that are in our home directory.
yadm submodule update
Update the remotes
Now, let’s make sure we have the correct remotes set up for the dotfiles.
yadm remote set-url origin "firstname.lastname@example.org:phundrak/dotfiles.git" yadm remote set-url github "email@example.com:phundrak/dotfiles.git"
Symlink the dotfiles
Let’s now symlink our dotfiles. First, we’ll take care of those that should be symlinked to our home directory.
ln -s ~/dotfiles/.Xresources ln -s ~/dotfiles/.gitignore_global ln -s ~/dotfiles/.nanorc ln -s ~/dotfiles/rustfmt.toml ln -s ~/dotfiles/.signature ln -s ~/dotfiles/.tmux.conf.local ln -s ~/dotfiles/tmux/.tmux.conf ln -s ~/dotfiles/.config/i3 .i3
Finally, let’s symlink everything that belongs to the
for elem in ~/dotfiles/.config/* ln -s $elem end
Install packages from git
Now, we move on to the installation of git-based packages.
I know we already installed
i3-gaps from the AUR, why reinstall it? Well,
that is certainly bad practices, but this allowed me to already have the
needed dependencies for building
i3 installed. Now, let’s clone it, build
it, and install it. It will required the password during the actual
git clone https://github.com/resloved/i3.git i3-gaps-rounded cd i3-gaps-rounded rm -rf build autoreconf --force --install mkdir build && cd build ../configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --disable-sanitizers make sudo make install
Install Polybar Battery
I use a custom tool for my battery indicator which also launches a warning when the battery is low. However, I need to build it, since it is not available in the repos nor the AUR.
git clone https://github.com/drdeimos/polybar_another_battery.git cd polybar_another_battery go get -u github.com/distatus/battery/cmd/battery make build
Let’s also create the
~/.local/bin/ directory in which I will put some
custom executables, including the executable we just built.
Now, let’s download Reveal.JS. I use it for some of my Org presentations,
and I set it so it is found in
git clone https://github.com/hakimel/reveal.js.git
Finally, we are almost done! Let’s clean the cache of
yay -Sc --noconfirm
All of my dotfiles (and my dotfiles only) are available under the GNU GPLv3 Licence. Please consult /phundrak/dotfiles/src/commit/b08dfb91b1510c969ea181fa6a098141025c77cc/LICENCE.md for more information. In short: you are free to access, edit and redistribute all of my dotfiles under the same licence and as allowed by the licence, and if you fuck up something, it’s your own responsibility.