I’ve tried out stow before, and found even that to be more overhead than I needed to manage my (relatively small, I’ll concede) dotfiles collection. If I recall correctly, stow looks for the files in the same folder structure in the source that it then links to the destination. I found that just writing my own symlink and specifying the destination once was easier than remembering where the dotfile is in the file structure. I’m sure it makes sense for larger installations or ones with more programs than mine, though!
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