Emacs, EXWM, Nyxt, Guix https://ambrevar.xyz

Pierre Neidhardt d904488d63 Helm: Set up helm-switch-to-repl. 1 month ago
.asy f9179fda93 Replace TikZ samples for Asymptote samples 6 years ago
.cache 1fc81eac21 notmuch: Add "mbsync -a" to the pre-new hook 1 year ago
.config 90f2676962 Nyxt: Fix spurious comma. 2 months ago
.emacs.d d904488d63 Helm: Set up helm-switch-to-repl. 1 month ago
.gnupg a0d7a55434 gnupg/gpg.conf: Update keyserver URL. 3 months ago
.local 2c450fd8a6 local/bin/homesync: Fix missing $PERSONAL variables. 2 months ago
.mpv 6ae7522f07 mpv: Set "i" to default metadata display 2 years ago
.package-lists 681032af35 Emacs: Re-enable sly-named-readtables. 2 months ago
.Xresources 128948f989 Urxvt: Remove config 3 years ago
.atoolrc b6c7fc0b0e atool: use plzip by default. 7 months ago
.bashrc 48aee0590e bash: Alias ll to 'ls -lh'. 8 months ago
.ccl-init.lisp 5af6b0491e CCL: Re-use SBCL init file 2 years ago
.conkyrc c6eb7ed3f4 conkyrc: Remove time. 4 months ago
.curlrc a6f731cc5f Tor: Configure wget, curl, youtube-dl instead of wrapping them 1 year ago
.eclrc 5847711c19 ECL: Init. 9 months ago
.exwm 2d62086a8f exwm: Add TODO about "markerp" error. 1 year ago
.gitconfig 5ff691e31e Git: Set GitHub user to Ambrevar. 1 year ago
.gitignore 69e95d403d gitignore: Remove ~ dotfiles. 2 months ago
.guile f342c8e6ac .guile: Remove useless mytime macro. 4 months ago
.mailcap 5984eda22a mime: Init mimeapps.list 3 years ago
.mbsyncrc c3c61d45a4 Emacs: Use password store for authentication. 1 year ago
.notmuch-config fefc905b55 Notmuch: Init 1 year ago
.profile 5d32b5a8e7 Move ~/personal to $PERSONAL. 2 months ago
.sbclrc 5bb213037a Lisp: Move sbclrc helpers to :ambrevar system. 2 months ago
.swank.lisp 07f92ee3f1 Swank: Comment obsolete requirements for Next. 1 year ago
.toprc ae67889999 top: Init 3 years ago
.torrc 5ed2d56b7d tor: Use India, Ukraine, South Korea exit nodes 2 years ago
.uncrustify.cfg b2eabbb9e2 uncrustify: Don't change cpp-comments to c-comments 2 years ago
.units ebb2a1e518 units: Use currency.units from the user profile 2 years ago
.wgetrc a6f731cc5f Tor: Configure wget, curl, youtube-dl instead of wrapping them 1 year ago
.xbindkeysrc 72698dbb1f xbindkeysrc: Use pulseaudio 2 years ago
.xinitrc 7c4a070f33 .xinitrc: Load EXWM from there 1 year ago
.xprofile 60ea653659 xprofile: Default browser is now named Nyxt. 7 months ago
.xsession 3a0ab506c3 .xsession: Pass arguments so that different desktop environments can be selected 1 year ago
COPYING 333d2f2056 Add GPL3 license 2 years ago
readme.org 2917c2345e readme: Rename Next to Nyxt and mention the notmuch hook. 3 months ago



I use of Emacs for almost everything, including my window manager (EXWM), except for the Nyxt web browser. See my Emacs pro-tips.

As such, the more-or-less advanced configurations of my former favourite Unix programs are gone (Awesome, cmus, fish, fzf, Mutt, newsbeuter, ranger, urxvt, zathura, zsh). You can search for them before the git commit README: The Big Emacs Shift.

E-mail setup

Emails can be particularly tricky to set up, so I think they deserve a dedicated section. My configuration files:

  • .mbsyncrc for mbsync from the isync project to synchronize mail mailboxes
  • over IMAP.
  • .notmuch-config for the email indexer.
  • A notmuch hook to tell Notmuch to use mbsync to fetch new emails.
  • My Emacs' init-notmuch.el for the user interface with the helm-notmuch extension for
  • searches with live updates. (A must!)
  • My Emacs' init-message.el to send emails. I can afford to not rely on a
  • dedicated SMTP client (e.g. =msmtp=) since all my email accounts use the same SMTP server.
  • My Emacs' init-notmuch-sync.el and my homesync script to synchronize the user
  • tags (but not the automatic ones) under version control.


For the list of programs I currently use, see the =.package-lists/= folder.

The homeinit script fully bootstraps a user profile with required files, folders, symlinks and applications.

The homeclean script removes trash files, cache and warns if critically private data is found (e.g. PGP keys).

The homesync script updates the package lists, prints the status of all known projects and optionally pushes the unmerged changes upstream.

As for managing a dotfiles repository, there are various approaches.

Direct versioning

Git makes it possible to use your home folder as a git repository, thus versioning all files directly.

$ cd
$ git init
$ git remote add origin <repo>
$ git fetch
$ git checkout master

GNU Stow

GNU Stow lets you symlink a project's files to an arbitrary folder.

The simplest setup would be to clone the dotfiles to, say, ~/dotfiles then run

$ cd ~/dotfiles
$ stow .

Or, from a different location:

$ cd /path/to/dotfiles $ stow -t ~ .

This has several advantages over direct versioning:

  • Subfolders in home are not subject to being included into the dotfiles git
  • repository. This is especially relevant for projects under a version control system other than git.
  • No need for a =.gitignore=.
  • Simplified file control (add/remove/etc.).
  • You can fine-tune which program configuration to synchronize on a per-system
  • basis.
  • You can manage several configurations for the same programs.


Unless stated otherwise, all files are under the GPL3 license. See COPYING for the full license.