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dotstow

Manage dotfiles with stow

by Clay Risser

0.4.0 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Not Found
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You can see some dotfiles repos (which are using dotstow) at the link below.

You can read more about dotstow at the blog post below.

https://dev.to/codejamninja/dotstow-the-smart-way-to-manage-your-dotfiles-25ik

Features

  • Group dotfiles into units (stow packages)
  • Automatically symlink (stow) files
  • Backup dotfiles with git
  • Keep track of simultaneous dotfile configurations for multiple environments
  • Supports shell autocompletion
  • Supports bootstraping using a config

Installation

npm install -g dotstow

Dependencies

Usage

Note that unlike many dotfile syncing tools, this is powered by GNU Stow. This means your dotfiles must be stored inside stow packages (subfolders) instead of the root of your repo. This prevents cluttering your home directory with unwanted files, like your README.md. It also enables you to only install dotfiles you want on that computer.

The idea behind dotstow is twofold:

  1. You don't need to maintain a shell script that symlinks all of your dotfiles to the correct places in your \$HOME directory upon a new dotfile install
  2. Individual directories in your .dotfiles become packages that can be installed independently using dotstow stow [package]

For example:

When setting up your dotfiles on a new computer

  1. Run dotstow bootstrap --remote <GITHUB_REPO_LINK>, and watch as it's cloned into ~/.dotfiles and would run the scripts configured in bootstrap.yml.

  2. Rundotstow stow zsh emacs vim ... etc for each of the stow packages you'd like to install (aka symlink to \$HOME).

  3. To pull the latest changes from the remote repository, run dotstow pull.

  4. When you update a file in a package, you only need to dotstow sync to update your linked github repo with the changes. This takes care of committing/pushing the changes to the repository.

    Note: If you add new files to your stow package, you will need to restow the package. For example, when adding .zshrc to .dotfiles/globals/zsh/, you will need to dotstow stow zsh to restow the package and then dotstow sync to update your linked github repo with the changes.

  5. bootstrap.yml config can be placed on any environment directory (including global) and should contain the message and cmd keys for any item. See sample config here

USAGE
  $ dotstow [COMMAND]

COMMANDS
  autocomplete  display autocomplete installation instructions
  bootstrap     bootstrap dotfiles
  help          display help for dotstow
  pull          pull dotfiles
  stow          stow dotfiles
  sync          sync dotfiles

Environments

Environments is how dotstow lets you have multiple configurations for a single package. This is extremely useful if you have multiple operating systems that require slighty different configurations while still keeping all your dotfiles togather. For example, maybe your zsh would be configured differently on osx than on linux.

Dotstow tries to guess your environment. You can always force an environment by using the --environment flag, for example --environment=ubuntu.

Dotstow first tries to guess the environment by looking for a package in the folder with the name or your hostname. I name my computers after famous dragons, so if my hostname was drogon it would look in ~/.dotfiles/drogon for the package.

If the package is not found, dotstow will proceed to look for a package in a folder with the type of the operating you are using. For example, if you were running ubuntu, dotstow would look in ~/.dotfiles/ubuntu, ~/.dotfiles/debian, ~/.dotfiles/linux and ~/.dotfiles/unix for the package.

Dotstow can guess multiple operating systems.

    aix
    amigaos
    android
    beos
    bsd
    centos
    darwin
    debian
    fedora
    freebsd
    ios
    linux
    mac
    nintendo
    openbsd
    osx
    redhat
    rhel
    slackware
    starBlade
    sunos
    ubuntu
    unix
    value
    win
    win32
    win64
    windows

Bootstrap

bootstrap.yml is meant to configure things that should have done before actually stowing the packages. Cloning certain directories and keeping them at certain locations is an example of that sort. bootstrap also takes care of cloning the dotfiles directory and you can start stowing packages right after this.

bootstrap dotfiles

USAGE
  $ dotstow bootstrap

OPTIONS
  -d, --dotfiles=dotfiles
  -e, --environment=environment
  -r, --remote=remote
  --debug

EXAMPLE
  $ dotstow bootstrap --remote https://github.com/sreerajkksd/dotfiles.git

Sample bootstrap.yml config

- message: Setting up Vim Plug
  cmd: curl -fLo ~/.vim/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim

- message: Setting up Tmux TPM
  cmd: git clone -q --depth 1 https://github.com/tmux-plugins/tpm ~/.tmux/plugins/tpm

- message: Setting up ohm-my-zsh
  cmd: sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh)"

- message: Installing VIM Plug
  cmd: vim +'PlugInstall --sync' +qa

Stow

USAGE
  $ dotstow stow PACKAGES...

OPTIONS
  -d, --dotfiles=dotfiles
  -e, --environment=environment
  -f, --force
  -s, --sync
  --debug

EXAMPLE
  $ dotstow stow

Sync

USAGE
  $ dotstow sync

OPTIONS
  -d, --debug

EXAMPLE
  $ dotstow sync

Autocompletion

If you want to enable shell autocompletion, simply run the following command and follow the instructions. Most standard shells are supported, such as bash and zsh.

USAGE
  $ dotstow autocomplete [SHELL]

ARGUMENTS
  SHELL  shell type

OPTIONS
  -r, --refresh-cache  Refresh cache (ignores displaying instructions)

EXAMPLES
  $ dotstow autocomplete
  $ dotstow autocomplete bash
  $ dotstow autocomplete zsh
  $ dotstow autocomplete --refresh-cache

Migration

Python dotstow

If you were using the python version of dotstow, you should upgrade to this version to get the benefits of multiple environments. If you switch you will have to move your stash plugins into an environment folder (global is recommended).

You can do that by running the following commands.

mkdir ~/tmp_global
mv ~/.dotfiles/* ~/tmp_global
mv ~/tmp_global mkdir ~/.dotfiles/global

Setting up dev instance


git clone https://github.com/codejamninja/dotstow.git
cd dotstow
npm install --also=dev

# To start the compiled dotstow code:
# Note: Ensure that you have yarn installed. (else install it using `npm install -g yarn`)
yarn
yarn start

# If you want test a command.
yarn start <command>

FAQ

Stowing zsh would cause conflicts

If you get an error similar to the one below, simply force stowing by passing the -f or --force flag.

WARNING! stowing zsh would cause conflicts:
  * existing target is not owned by stow: .zsh_aliases
  * existing target is not owned by stow: .zsh_envs
  * existing target is not owned by stow: .zsh_sources
  * existing target is not owned by stow: .zshrc
All operations aborted.

For example . . .

dotstow stow -f zsh

Please understand this will overrite any existing file.

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License

MIT License

Jam Risser © 2019

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