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Learn about dotfiles through others' efforts UNIX
Haven't seen this one before and not really sure how to explain it. Basically, is a repository of shell config files submitted by users. You know, the ones we all modify - .tcshrc, .cshrc, .bashrc, etc. - to get that "just right" terminal experience.

I am not sure I would willy-nilly download these files and install them unless you really know what's going on with them. There is always a possibility of a little hack being built in, etc. I mention it as a resource for learning - visit the site and peruse some files using the "Preview" button, and maybe you'll end up finding just the hack you were looking for.
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Authored by: Monkey Angst on May 10, '02 03:05:36PM
Ah, exactly what I've been looking for to help learn shell scripting. Dotfiles are where some people get pretty creative with aliases, variables, etc. and it's nice to see some concrete examples. Thanks! Brad Hawkins We all live under Monkey Law

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Authored by: bluehz on May 11, '02 05:17:21PM

Make sure and check out this fantastic discussion in the Forums regarding these "dot files" I have learned an immense amount from the thread.

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Authored by: gembler on May 12, '02 11:34:08PM


I posted my OS X tcsh dotfiles on, titled "tcsh User Files for Mac OS X", at

They are posted twice, in text format and in tarball format.

I suggest that you refer to the latest versions of these files. Since has no version control (like, for example), I keep the latest versions at

along with some helpful tcsh references. The files are intended to complement the OS X default startup configuration files. The files add useful shell customizations, and they are intended to help new tcsh users.


Gary Embler

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