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My config files ...

These are my config files on macOS.

Settings for:

How I am managing the dotfiles

Using a bare Git repo. The dotfiles can reside where they are. No symlinks needed.

Initial setup

Create a bare Git repo to store the history.

git init --bare $HOME/dotfiles

Create an alias in zshrc, tell Git where the history and the working tree (snapshot) live.

alias cfg='git --git-dir=$HOME/dotfiles/ --work-tree=$HOME'

Tell Git not to show all the untracked files (otherwise all files under $HOME will be shown when running git status.

cfg config status.showUntrackedFiles no

Set up the remote repo to sync

cfg remote add origin https://github.com/yanzhang0219/dotfiles.git

Done! Now we can manage our dotfiles.

cfg status
cfg add ~/.config/zsh
cfg commit -m "zsh config"
cfg push origin master

Clone to another machine

Clone this repo onto a new machine as a non-bare repo because we need the actual dotfiles that is the working tree, i.e., the snapshot of the repo.

git clone --separate-git-dir=$HOME/dotfiles https://github.com/yanzhang0219/dotfiles.git dotfiles-temp

Copy the dotfiles to the location where they should reside.

rsync --recursive --verbose --exclude '.git' dotfiles-temp/ $HOME/

Remove the temp directory.

trash dotfiles-temp

Tell Git not to show all the untracked files.

cfg config status.showUntrackedFiles no

Finally, set up your own remote repo for syncing.

cfg remote add origin https://github.com/xxxx/dotfiles.git

Done! Now, start to manage your dotfiles.


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