Either create a Git repository on your prefered platform and clone it or create one locally.
This repository will contain two main elements, dotdrop's config file (
and a directory containing all your dotfiles managed by dotdrop.
## clone your repository (my-dotfiles) $ git clone <some-url>/my-dotfiles $ cd my-dotfiles ## within the repository create a directory to store your dotfiles ## (refered by "dotpath" in the config, which defaults to "dotfiles") $ mkdir dotfiles
Then add a config file. You can get a minimal config file from dotdrop's repository with:
$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/deadc0de6/dotdrop/master/config.yaml
It is recommended to store your config file directly within your repository (my-dotfiles in the example above), but you could save it in different places if you wish; see config location for more.
$ tree my-dotfiles my-dotfiles ├── config.yaml └── dotfiles
If your config file is in an exotic location, you can add an alias in your preferred shell to call dotdrop with the config file path argument.
alias dotdrop='dotdrop --cfg=<path-to-your-config.yaml>'
For more info on the config file format, see the config file doc.
The basic use of dotdrop is:
- Import a file/directory to manage (this will copy the files from the filesystem to your
dotdrop import <somefile>
- Install the dotfiles (this will copy/link them from your
dotpathto the filesystem):
Then if you happen to update the file/directory directly on the filesystem (add a new file/dir, edit content, etc.) you can use the
update command to mirror back those changes in dotdrop.
For more advanced uses: