vcsh - Version Control System for $HOME - multiple Git repositories in $HOME
30 Second How-to
While it may appear that there's an overwhelming amount of documentation and while the explanation of the concepts behind
vcsh needs to touch a few gory details of
git internals, getting started with
vcsh is extremely simple.
Let's say you want to version control your
vcsh init vim vcsh vim add ~/.vimrc ~/.vim vcsh vim commit -m 'Initial commit of my Vim configuration' # optionally push your files to a remote vcsh vim remote add origin <remote> vcsh vim push -u origin master # from now on you can push additional commits like this vcsh vim push
If all that looks a lot like standard
git, that's no coincidence; it's a design feature.
vcsh allows you to maintain several Git repositories in one single directory. They all maintain their working trees without clobbering each other or interfering otherwise. By default, all Git repositories maintained via
vcsh store the actual files in
$HOME but you can override this setting if you want to.
All this means that you can have one repository per application or application family, i.e.
ssh, etc. This, in turn, allows you to clone custom sets of configurations onto different machines or even for different users; picking and mixing which configurations you want to use where. For example, you may not need to have your
mplayer configuration on a server or available to root and you may want to maintain different configuration for
ssh on your personal and your work machines.
A lot of modern UNIX-based systems offer packages for
vcsh. In case yours does not, read INSTALL.md for install instructions or PACKAGING.md to create a package yourself. If you do end up packaging
vcsh please let us know so we can give you your own packaging branch in the upstream repository.
Some people found it useful to look at slides and videos explaining how
vcsh works instead of working through the docs. All slides, videos, and further information can be found on the author's talk page.
There are several ways to get in touch with the author and a small but committed community around the general idea of version controlling your (digital) life.