Default Settings

Some settings to make my MacOS working environment more comfortable.


Setup a color in the shell and add some aliases for ls.

vim ~/.bash_profile
export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=ExFxBxDxCxegedabagacad
export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim
alias l='ls -lhFG'
alias ll='ls -alhFG'
alias rcp='rsync -havrP'
  • -G colorizes output
  • -F throws a / after a directory, * after an executable, and a @ after a symlink
  • -h makes sizes human readable (GB, MB, KB, etc.)
  • -l produce list/long output
  • -a include otherwise hidden entries that start with a .

See also Simple Tricks to Improve the Terminal Appearance in Mac OS X.