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Distributing configuration files 2: Cygwin hassles and Vim

Today’s topic is the first continuation of Distributing configuration files and as the title already denotes, it is concerned with Vim, specifically with using it in heterogenous environments (read: Linux and window$/Cygwin).

Unfortunately, the window$ version of Vim searches different paths for configuration files than the Linux version does. That means that even though there probably is a git version for window$, it won’t help us much as window$ doesn’t know softlinks. So we must use a little trick…

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Distributing configuration files

Wow, what a title for a blog entry… I hope the entry itself can live up to the generated expectations :D So, what I want to talk about is how to use the same configuration files for programs I use everyday – such as bash, vim or ssh, just to name a few – in different places:

  • My PC at home
  • My laptop
  • My girlfriend’s PC (also running Arch, of course) on which I regularly need to do administrative work
  • The Arch live system on a USB stick
  • My PC at work

Now, in each of these work places, I regularly modify configurations or even add new ones. What has always bugged me is that I have a hard time synchronizing these changes. So I thought: How about employing a revisioning system to do the work for me?

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Emacs vs. Vi review

After trying out Vim for about two months now, I gave a summary of what I like and dislike about it in the thread on the Arch linux forums I was talking about in an earlier post. As this thread still isn’t viewable for unregistered users, I’ll do my summary here as well.

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Emacs vs. Vi comparison

Having been an emacs user since the time I’ve first met linux, I always wondered why so many Arch users favor Vi(m). So I asked them. If you’re registered, you can find the forum thread on the Arch linux forums. Again, as it is an off-topic thread, unregistered users unfortunately can’t view it.