Install zsh and oh-my-zsh for shell hacks
The default shell on most Linux systems is
bash is nice, in its vanilla state, you can't get a ton of information at a glance. For example, your bash shell might not be configured by default to:
To illustrate, at a vanilla bash shell, you usually are given:
With some of the
zsh themes, with minimal configuration, you get a shell that looks like this:
username@hostname at /path/to/current/dir (yyyy-mm-dd hh:ss) [+] $
[+] at the end gives us the Git status of a directory that is also a Git repository.
The Z-shell, or
zsh, as well as other shells like the
fish shell, are alternative shells that use Bash-compatible syntax to interact with them, but come pre-configured with themes that you can apply. The
zsh is especially handy for this.
Of course, fancier bash prompts are one thing, but each shell comes with its own set of cool tooling to enhance your productivity at the terminal.
If you're on a fresh install of the latest versions of macOS, the
zsh is already your default shell. You probably want to then install
oh-my-zsh. Follow instructions on the project's webpage. Then, pick one of the themes that you like, and configure your shell that way.
Configure your machine
After getting access to your development machine, you'll want to configure it and take full control over how it works. Backing the following steps are a core set of ideas:
Head over to the following pages to see how you can get things going.