Sharing dotfiles

2015-04-10 github git dotfiles

Today's post is half a quick note, half public shaming. In other words, it is a reminder to be very careful with OAuth tokens and passwords.

As part of moving to emacs, I starting using the incredibly useful gh.el. When you first use it, the extension saves either your password or an OAuth token in your .gitconfig file. This is cool and convenient, unless you happen to be publishing your .gitconfig file in a public repo.

So, how can you still share your gitconfig without sharing your password/token with the rest of the world? Since Git 1.7.0, you can include other files in your gitconfig.

    path = ~/.gitconfig_secret

And now, in your .gitconfig_secret file, you just have to add this:

    user = balkian
    token = "< Your secret token >"