life-sync is a CLI tool that makes it easier to synchronize a repository of personal config files across multiple machines.
You might have some configuration files with different settings for your system. For example:
- Preferred settings for your editors (Spacemacs, Vim, etc.).
- Useful bash aliases and other miscellaneous shell settings.
- Git configuration.
And much more! But sometimes you start working from a fresh machine without having your settings within reach, as in these situations:
- You bought a new PC or laptop.
- You reinstalled the operating system on your machine.
- You were given a new laptop at work.
Every time this happens, you need to walk through the tedious process of copying your data again. It’s a well-known practice to store configs in a
dotfiles GitHub repository. And
life-sync makes it much easier to maintain this repository! With a single command, your can copy every file and directory from your
dotfiles repository to your machine. Or update your remote
dotfiles repository after multiple local changes to different files.
Install with one simple command:
$ cabal install life-sync
$ stack install life-sync-1.0
You can turn on bash auto-completion by running the following command:
$ source <(life --bash-completion-script `which life`)
life-sync you need to call the command
life with specified options:
$ life --help Usage: life COMMAND life-sync synchronize your personal configs Available options: -h,--help Show this help text Available commands: init Initialize GitHub repository named 'dotfiles' if you don't have one. add Add file or directory to the life configuration. remove Remove file or directory from the life configuration. push Updates GitHub repository from local state and push the latest version. pull Updates local state of '.life' and 'dotfiles' from GitHub repository. `life init` usage: life init OWNER OWNER Your github user name `life add` usage: life add ((-f|--file FILE_PATH) | (-d|--dir DIRECTORY_PATH)) -f,--file FILE_PATH File to add -d,--dir FILE_PATH Directory to add `life remove` usage: life remove ((-f|--file FILE_PATH) | (-d|--dir DIRECTORY_PATH)) -f,--file FILE_PATH File to remove -d,--dir FILE_PATH Directory to remote `life push` usage: life push `life pull` usage: life pull OWNER [-f|--no-file FILE_PATH] [-d|--no-dir FILE_PATH] OWNER Your github user name -f,--no-file FILE_PATH Excluding these specific files from copying -d,--no-dir FILE_PATH Excluding these specific directories from copying
NOTE: If a command takes a path to a file or a directory as an argument, the path should be specifed relative to the home directory.
life-sync keeps the structure of your
dotfiles repository in its own file called
.life which is also stored in your
You can see an example of a
dotfiles repository maintained by
dotfiles repository for the first time🔗
$ life init MyGithubName
Track a new file or directory🔗
To track a file:
$ life add -f path/to/file/relative/from/home
To track a directory:
$ life add -d path/to/dir/relative/from/home
To stop tracking some file, use
life remove instead.
Push all changes to the remote repository🔗
$ life push
Pull all changes from the remote repository🔗
To pull every file and directory:
$ life pull ChShersh
To pull everything except some files or some directories:
$ life pull ChShersh --no-file some/file --no-dir some/dir