New laptop part 2: Core tools

Wednesday, January 18, 2023



Continuing the framework laptop blog post series, where I first wrote about my impression of the framework laptop, then about what I had to do to fix EndeavourOS / Archlinux on it. Now this post is about making this laptop “mine” and ready for daily use by adding the necessary tools. I’m not covering my i3wm setup, that will be for a dedicated post.

TLDR; browse my dotfiles on sourcehut :).

Software installation and configuration

Installing core utilities

Starting with the basics:

pacman -S ripgrep mupdf htop dfc bat mplayer
  • bat: An awesome cat (and more to some extent) replacement
  • dfc: A df replacement
  • mupdf: A minimal pdf viewer
  • ripgrep: A “recursively searches directories for a regex pattern”
  • mplayer: Do I need to say it?


For some reason, the environment variable XDG_CONFIG_HOME was not set by default, to fix this, I edited ~/.profile and added:

export XDG_CONFIG_HOME="$HOME/.config"


As many people, I have many ssh keys, all with a passphrase. In order to avoid having to enter each passphrase each time I use ssh (or git, rsync, …), I would need to enter my passphrase. As said on Archlinux wiki:

An SSH agent is a program which caches your decrypted private keys and provides them to SSH client programs on your behalf. In this arrangement, you must only provide your passphrase once, when adding your private key to the agent’s cache. This facility can be of great convenience when making frequent SSH connections. –

I’m using the default built-in agent ssh-agent. To enable it via systemd, create the file ~/.config/systemd/user/ssh-agent.service with the following content:

Description=SSH key agent

# DISPLAY required for ssh-askpass to work
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ssh-agent -D -a $SSH_AUTH_SOCK


And of course, add the different keys to the ssh agent, so for each key:

ssh-add ~/.ssh/<key>


I use zsh with oh-my-zsh, so to install it:

# Install zsh
sudo pacman -S zsh
# Install oh-my-zsh
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"
# To make it the default shell:
chsh -s /usr/bin/zsh

My ~/.zshrc.


I’m using Tmux TPM to manage tmux plugins.

# Install tmux
sudo pacman -S tmux
# Install TPM
git clone ~/.config/tmux/plugins/tpm

Edit tmux config ~/.config/tmux/tmux.conf file to add plugins to the config. Here is what I added:

set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tpm'
set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-sensible'
set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-logging'
set -g @plugin 'ChanderG/tmux-notify'
set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-pain-control'
set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-urlview'

set-environment -g TMUX_PLUGIN_MANAGER_PATH '~/.config/tmux/plugins/'

set -g status-interval 15

run '~/.config/tmux/plugins/tpm/tpm'

For tmux-urlview to work, install either extract_url or urlview. The later hasn’t been updated since 2013, the former since 2018, so I installed the former.

yay -S extract_url

For some reason, it doesn’t work with my config in ~/.config/tmux/tmux.conf, so I added an alias in my ~/.zshrc:

alias tmux="tmux -f ~/.config/tmux/tmux.conf"

My full tmux.conf.


I installed rofi-greenclip via aur:

yay -S rofi-greenclip

And use it in a keybind in my i3wm config:

bindsym $mod+c exec --no-startup-id rofi -modi "clipboard:greenclip print" -show clipboard -config ~/.config/rofi/rofidmenu.rasi


To reduce eyes fatigue, I use RedShift:

yay -S redshift-gtk
mkdir ~/.config/redshift/ && cd ~/.config/redshift/
mv redshift.conf.sample redshift.conf

Edit config file, mainly latitude and longitude.


That’s it for this post, next one should be about my i3wm configuration. As said in the intro, you can find the dotfiles on sourcehut.


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See Also

New laptop part 3: i3wm configuration

New laptop part 1: EndeavourOS / Archlinux on the FrameWork laptop