This is the spiffy homepage for the
vcs-home group. We try to figure out how to use version control systems to manage your documents. This includes topics such as backups and anything else related you might think of.
We are mostly a mailing list for now. Please join and post your thoughts. There is also
irc.oftc.net if you want to chat.
And this is a wiki, meaning you can/should/are allowed to edit it!
What people do:
- Article on how Joey Hess uses (used) Subversion to maintain his home directory
- Penny explains her multi-repository setup. (using very old outdated previous vcsh)
- vcsh allows you to put several Git repositories into
$HOMEat once and has both built-in management for multiple repositores as well as integrates with mr
- dvcs-autosync is a "A personal Dropbox replacement based on Git" which can conveniently autocommit/sync one or more vcs directories
- dotsync can pull from a git repo, and "push" to any number of remote machines with git or rsync to keep your dotfiles in sync across machines
- dotphiles is a forkable dotfile repo, using dotsync, dotzsh & dotvim
- Adam Spiers uses mr together with a plugin for GNU Stow (a symlink farm manager). This approach is in some respects similar to vcsh but uses symlinks rather than detached git working trees.
Other tools that help with this:
- ... together with loop-dots
- the git-home-history tool
- Article about gibak, a Git-based backup system (see also Debian RFP)
- mr, a tool to manage a collection of repositories
- etckeeper, a Git-based approach to maintaining
- Article comparing SVN, Mercurial and Git for home directory management
- flashbake, a Git-based tool for seamless, continuous versioning of projects
- git-annex allows versioning large files with git, without the pain of checking their contents into git
- caretaker, a powerful package manager for configuration files and the like
- homesick, a Ruby gem which allows symlinking of dotfiles from git repo into $HOME (c.f. approach above based on GNU Stow)
- dconf tools, Josh Triplet has a few scripts for managing dconf settings, covered in a lighting talk at 38:49 in the DebConf14 lightning talks session
- dewi, that lets you deploy your precious configuration files on a new system with one command