What is the proper way to checkout a bunch of
.*rc files into a home directory?
I've seen lots of github repos online and people usually name them
dotfiles, and I guess they get checked out into their home directory; but what I don't understand is...
How does one keep their other home files (specific to that machine) separate from their
.*rc related files?
For instance, you would not want to store
/home/<username>/Documents in the
dotfiles git repo, but you would want to store
/home/vim in the repository.
I'm aware of using
.gitignore to ignore files for a repository, but I don't want to add an entry to
.gitignore every single time I add a file to
/home/<username>/Documents. Is there a way to do this the opposite way, that I only specify the files and directories related to my
dotfiles project to be included in the repository?
Also, if I create a new feature branch for something that I'm already developing, and I check it out, I don't want it to "blow away" the non-dotfiles folders etc when I check it out, or have
git complain that the working directory isn't clean before cutting a new branch.
Would this somehow require the use of git submodules?
What I'd really like to do with this is be able to get on a new Linux box and with the required dependencies installed check out a common version of my
.*rc files and related files from my repo, so if I fix it on one, I can just pull the changes to the other machines.