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Discussion on: Dotfiles - How to Configure your Shell (intro)

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Michael Lustig - halfjew22@gmail.com

Very cool man. Just followed!

It sounds like your setup is exactly what yadm does, so looks like we're on the same page. I'm newly getting into customizing my dots and even caring about the level of customizability that brings, so for me as a beginner, it was simple enough.

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Mike Author

Glad to hear.

I added a setup script in my repo which does this essentially. It adds the symlinks for me so it is easy to run across machines when I make changes.

SHELL_CONFIGS_DIR=~/repos/shell-dev-configs

# Bash array
CONFIGS=(
  .aliases
  .profile
  .commonrc .bashrc .zshrc
  .vimrc
  .gitconfig .gitignore
)


# Symlink repo's .foo as a new file ~/.foo
for CONFIG in ${CONFIGS[@]}; do
  ln -sf "$SHELL_CONFIGS_DIR/$CONFIG" "$CONFIG"
done

The -f will overwrite existing symlinks in case they broke.

I also do a check to see if the files are text files to remind me to move their content out.