April 29, 2020
Dotfiles With Git
Simple way to manage dotfiles with git
I use a very simple way to manage my dotfiles with git and some bash aliases. All you have to create a folder for your git repository in your home folder and initiate a bare git repository
mkdir "$HOME/.dotf git init --bare $HOME/.dotf
Then create an alias so you don’t have to write a long command each time you want to add a file or configure your git repository, don’t forget to add that alias to $HOME/.alias
alias dotf='/usr/bin/git --git-dir=$HOME/.dotf --work-tree=$HOME'
so, that alias is calling git and sets the repository as well as working directory and it can be called from what ever path you currently be in.
The next thing we need to do is to configure the repository to not show untracked files and only care about the files we specifically want to manage.
dotf config --local status.showUntrackedFiles no
Now you just use the dotfiles alias for git to add files, commit changes, etc, etc
dotf add .alias .bashrc dotf commit -m "Added .alias and .bashrc"
To show the status of the repository
if you want to add some bash completion to dotf you can just add the following line to your .bashrc
[[ "$(type -t dotf)" == "alias" ]] && [[ "$(type -t __git_complete)" == "function" ]] && __git_complete dotf _git
If you want you can add a remote repository make sure that it’s secure if you manage sensitive information.
dotf remote add origin <username>@git.domain.tld/dotfiles.git dotf push