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Homekeeper can version your dotfiles with Git.

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NOTE: The format for homekeeper configuration has changed; this change is not
backwards compatible with the old version.

This project helps organize and dotfiles across multiple (even across multiple
computers). It does so by marking a directory as your 'dotfiles directory' and
then symlinking those files into your HOME directory.

In the event that you use multiple computers and would like dotfiles to be
shared, you can specify a 'base' dotfiles directory and have host specific
dotfiles override them.

One benefit of doing this is you can easily version your dotfiles directory with
the revision control system of your choice.


My dotfiles repository is located here if you'd like to take a look:

How It Works

Homekeeper will read a `$HOME/.homekeeper.json` file for configuration, or create
one if it doesn't already exist. The default configuration looks like this:

"base": "/home/$USER/dotfiles/base",
"directory": "/home/$USER/dotfiles/$HOST",
"override": true,
"excludes": [

Homekeeper will not symlink any file in the `excludes` array in the

Homekeeper will symlink files in the base directory first, then override those
symlinks with files in your normal dotfiles directory. This can be useful if
you have different configurations for different machines.

You may have homekeeper generate this file by running `homekeeper init` in the
directory where you store your dotfiles.

Once homekeeper knows where your dotfiles live, it will remove the dotfile in
your home directory, and symlink it from your dotfiles directory. For example,
if you have a `.bash_profile` in `~/dotfiles`, then your home directory will

.bash_profile -> /home/$USER/dotfiles/.bash_profile


Make sure you back it up or are having homekeeper track the file you want to
symlink first.

More Documentation
There isn't any. I don't think anybody will use this except me.

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