On Thursday 11 March 2010 12:02:23 martin f krafft wrote: > also sprach chombee <chom...@lavabit.com> [2010.03.10.1822 +0100]: > > I'm sure everyone already has their own one of these, but I just wanted > > to post my dotfile manager: > > > > http://github.com/seanh/dotfilemanager > > > > I've been using it for a while now and it seems to work well, I've > > ironed out a couple of bugs that it initially had. It's basically a > > re-implementation of Steve Kemp's dotfile manager in Python, but with > > some minor design tweaks. > > I wonder what these offer that GNU stow or xstow couldn't do.
>From what I can see, the host-specific linking (i.e. prefer a file with suffix "__foo" on host foo). > Similarly, I wonder why people use symlinks instead of hardlinks. > Sure thing, hardlinks are brittle, but if the manager keeps track > anyway, it might just as well recreate hardlinks as necessary. I think the killer point is that you can remove a file from the .config directory and detect dangling symlinks, while you wouldn't be able to tell a dangling hard link apart from an untracked config file. Anyway, one feature that my custom-baked scripts provide which isn't present (I think -- happy to be corrected!) in either of the dotfile-manager solutions is merging multiple VCS-controlled files into one. Occasionally some program doesn't provide a useful import/include mechanism for its configuration (e.g. the .ssh/config file), but I still want some parts to be host-specific (use internal IPs for hostnames if I am on a host on the same network) and others global (most of the rest). A feature that took appropriate snippets from .config/_ssh/.config.d/* and concatenated them would address this. - P _______________________________________________ vcs-home mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.madduck.net/listinfo/vcs-home