I want to put my home directory (~) under source control (git, in this case), as I have many setting files (.gitconfig, .gitignore, .emacs, etc.) in there I would like to carry across machines, and having them in git would make it nice for retrieving them.
My main machine is my MacBook, and the way that OS X is set up, there are many folders i want to ignore (Documents, Downloads, .ssh). There are also folders which are already using git (.emacs.d).
My thought was to just add all these directories to my .gitignore file, but that seems kind of tiresome, and could potentially lead to some unforeseen consequences. My next thought was to periodically copy the files I want to store into some folder in home, then commit that folder. The problem with that will be that I have to remember to move them before committing.
Is there a clean way to do this?