Mike Stone

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Getting Powerline to Work

09 May 2019

I’ve been testing out Ubuntu 19.04 lately, but the shell has been feeling a little naked. In the past I’ve really liked the way powerline updates the looks of things so I thought that I’d install that to improve the asthetic. I had a few problems finding instructions that work in the newest version of Ubuntu, so I thought I’d post my results here.

sudo apt-get install python-pip
git clone https://github.com/powerline/fonts.git && cd fonts && sh ./install.sh

Once that’s done, you need to add this stuff to respective files.


set rtp+=/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/powerline/bindings/vim/
set laststatus=2
set t_Co=256


if [ -f /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh ]; then
source /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh

This seemed to get everything up and running fine.

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