Personalising my toolset: Konsole, BASH, Emacs, weechat, tmux..
Terminal Emulator and Shell
I use the KDE desktop (on Fedora), hence my choice of terminal emulator is KDE’s Konsole with the Solarized theme, which is built-in. I use the BASH shell, with almost no aliases and exports. However, I use a custom prompt so that I have a different color for the prompt and the output of the commands:
# prompt # http://maketecheasier.com/8-useful-and-interesting-bash-prompts/2009/09/04 PS1="\[33[35m\]\t\[33[m\]-\[33[36m\]\u\[33[m\]@\[33[32m\]\h:\[33[33;1m\]\w\[33[m\]\$ "
I have been a Emacs user for few years now. Unlike most people, I usually do very few customisations and/or install extra Emacs packages to enhance its functionality beyond the default features. However, last time I installed it after my upgrade to Fedora 18, I decided to spend some time customising it to my liking. I came across the awesome Mastering Emacs  blog of Mickey and used it as a reference point for making my Emacs customized to the way I hadn’t done before. When you first install Emacs (Emacs 24 is what I am using), on starting it what you see is something like this:
The first things I do is remove the Menu bar, tool bars, scrollbar and the startup splash screen and message, which can be done with the following lines of Emacs Lisp:
(setq inhibit-startup-message t inhibit-startup-echo-area-message t) (menu-bar-mode -1) (tool-bar-mode -1) (scroll-bar-mode -1)
Now, where do you put these customization code snippets? There are three choices:
~/.emacs, ~/.emacs.el and ~/.emacs.d/init.el (where ~ indicates your home directory). I have the customization scripts in ~/.emacs.d/init.el (since that allows me to have everything in .emacs.d directory). See  for more details on init files.
Next, I add a few more customisations: always have line numbers and column numbers displayed and set auto-fill mode on (to automatically wrap lines). Here is how my init.el looks like now (lines beginning with ;; are comments are hence ignored):
;; hide them all. (setq inhibit-startup-message t inhibit-startup-echo-area-message t) (menu-bar-mode -1) (tool-bar-mode -1) (scroll-bar-mode -1) ;; Line number (global-linum-mode 1) ;; Show column-number in the mode line (column-number-mode 1) ;; Auto-fill mode (add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'auto-fill-mode)
With the writing area quite to my liking, I next explore Emacs’s package manager  which will allow me to customize Emacs with a few more enhancements by installing packages. The
package-list-package command will list all the currently available pacakages in ELPA with their status in my Emacs installation such as available, built-in.:
To install a new package, I can use the command
package-install RET RET (or, you could use the mouse).
Theme: The first package I want to install is the solarized theme for Emacs. However, it is not available in ELPA for that, I will need to add another package repository, that of MELPA . The following code in my
init.el does that:
(require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/") t)
I restart Emacs and the command
package-list-packages displays a number of other packages from the MELPA repository, one of them being the solarized theme which I can install using:
package-install RET color-theme-solarized RET . Now, I will need to add code to load the theme on startup. The following snippet does it:
(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes/solarized") (load-theme 'solarized-dark t)
By default, the solarized theme will be installed (like other packages) in
~/emacs.d/elpa. To keep my themes in a separate directory, I create a sub-directory
themes under my
emacs.d directory and keep all the solarized files in a separate directory
solarized. Now, when I restart Emacs, I see something like this:
This is pretty much my workable Emacs configuration right now leaving aside one more package:
IEdit . I think this will be pretty useful for a bulk search and replace. I installed it using:
package-install RET iedit RET. To enable it, use the command
iedit-mode or, use
C-;. See: http://ascii.io/a/1923 for a quick demo. . I hope to learn more about IEdit as I start using it more.
Like other editors, Emacs creates a backup copy when you are editing a file. This leads to a pollution of your working directory with files whose names end with ~. To tell Emacs to save to a different directory, you can add the following snippet to your init.el (taken from ).:
(setq backup-by-copying t ; don't clobber symlinks backup-directory-alist '(("." . "~/.saves")) ; don't litter my fs tree delete-old-versions t kept-new-versions 6 kept-old-versions 2 version-control t) ; use versioned backups
That’s it for my Emacs configuration for now. You may want to see some of the resources I have gathered so far here . My
init.el file looks like this now:
;; hide them all. (setq inhibit-startup-message t inhibit-startup-echo-area-message t) (menu-bar-mode -1) (tool-bar-mode -1) (scroll-bar-mode -1) ;; Line number (global-linum-mode 1) ;; Show column-number in the mode line (column-number-mode 1) ;; Auto-fill mode (add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'auto-fill-mode) ;; Package repo (require 'package) (add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/") t) ;; ;; (add-to-list 'package-archives ;; ;; '("marmalade" . "http://marmalade-repo.org/packages/") t) ;;(package-initialize) ;; Solarized theme (add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes/solarized") (load-theme 'solarized-dark t) ;; Font setting (add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "DejaVu Sans Mono-14")) ;; Backup settings (setq backup-by-copying t ; don't clobber symlinks backup-directory-alist '(("." . "~/.editing_backups")) ; don't litter my fs tree delete-old-versions t kept-new-versions 6 kept-old-versions 2 version-control t) ; use versioned backups
One last bit of customisation I do is always start Emacs in maximized mode. Hence, I have added a BASH alias:
alias emacs='emacs -mm' in my
Weechat for IRC
I have been using Weechat for few weeks now and really like it. I have been meaning to switch to a console based IRC client for a while now, and
weechat finally looked friendly enough for me to switch to one. Here are my notes  on how to setup a new server, autoconnect on startup, auto join channels, etc.
No customisations yet.