Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· reidransom

Use Mercurial for dotfiles

You use source control to keep track of dotfiles in your home directory, right?

Well instead of using git/.gitignore like this:


and ending up with git info in your fancy zsh shell prompt (even though your only in your home folder) that looks like this:

~ git:(master) $ 

Roll with mercurial for your dotfiles instead so your .hgignore looks like this:

syntax: glob

and your home folder shell prompt will be nice and clean like this:

~ $ 

Any files you explicitly add to your mercurial repo with hg add <filename> will add the file to your repo even if .hgignore says to ignore it.

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Or create another folder and symlink all your dotfiles to this.

over 1 year ago ·

Doing exactly what hauleth says as well. Symlink to the rescue. No thanks to mercurial.

over 1 year ago ·