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Discussion on: How Do You Manage Dotfiles Across Environments and Machines

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Dan • Edited

What about putting all your .dotfiles in a cloud service like dropbox? It will keep everything in sync and you don't have to do anything as far as that is concerned.

The only thing you have to do is set up symlinks or source your .dotfiles from dropbox.
For point #1, #3, and #5, dropbox would be your friend.

You could still keep things in sync with a remote repo while using .gitignore for sensitive data. But if things are synced with dropbox then you are okay.

One issue is that if you need to build and deploy every time there is a change, you will need some cron job or maybe a file monitoring script (if file change then build and deploy).

edit: after I hit 'submit' I remembered that recently dropbox changed their pricing strategy. You used to be able to have unlimited number of devices synced. Now it's limited to 3 on the free plan. I don't know how many systems you have to sync with, but a cloud based storage of some kind might help - dropbox or otherwise

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Ryan Palo Author

Ohh that’s not a bad idea either. I’ll take a look at a few different cloud storage strategies. Thanks!