Like most people who work on Unix, I have shell accounts on hundreds of systems. Very few of these systems share a home directory (e.g., via NFS), so I need another way to maintain a common shell configuration between systems.
Based on the design of a former coworker, I have built such a system using git, symlinks, and scripts.
I use four git repos for my Unix account configuration:
All of those directories are private git repos, stored on Bitbucket. I will eventually host my own git repo, but for now I use Atlassian's excellent service.
Of the four repos listed above, the "home" bin directory exists only on personal systems, the "work" directory exists only on employer systems, and the "everywhere" directory is shared on all systems.
The environment directory includes such things as:
I use three additional scripts in conjunction with the repos:
Obviously I can run "git push" and "git pull" manually, but since there are four repos here, it was easier to script it.
My "update_repos.sh" script looks like this:
#!/bin/sh echo "Update my_env" cd ~/.my_env git pull git push if [ -d ~/bina ]; then echo echo "Update bina" cd ~/bina git pull git push fi if [ -d ~/binh ]; then echo echo "Update binh" cd ~/binh git pull git push fi if [ -d ~/binw ]; then echo echo "Update binw" cd ~/binw git pull git push fi
I use symlinks from main files, into my environment directory:
.bash_profile@ -> .my_env/tcsh/bash_profile .bashrc@ -> .my_env/tcsh/bashrc .cshrc@ -> .my_env/tcsh/cshrc .login@ -> .my_env/tcsh/login .logout@ -> .my_env/tcsh/logout .ssh@ -> .my_env/ssh .vimrc@ -> .my_env/vimrc
To bootstrap a host, I check out the applicable repos on the host, then run my setup script, which looks like this:
#!/bin/sh ln -sf .my_env/tcsh/bashrc ~/.bashrc ln -sf .my_env/tcsh/cshrc ~/.cshrc ln -sf .my_env/tcsh/login ~/.login ln -sf .my_env/tcsh/logout ~/.logout ln -sf .my_env/vimrc ~/.vimrc ln -sf .my_env/screenrc ~/.screenrc rm ~/.ssh ln -s .my_env/ssh ~/.ssh if [ -e '/auto/downloads/Set up new host/ssh_config/id_rsa' ]; then cp '/auto/downloads/Set up new host/ssh_config/id_rsa' ~/.ssh fi
Two comments about this script:
Comment below if you have any questions or comments about this setup.
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