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README.md

file_sync

Synchronize your files to a git repository automatically.

When you have modified your files, files will be pushed to a remote git repository.

With git, you can know every change with your files by commits.

Setup

  • Install git

  • Install Python

  • Install watchdog

    in OS X or *nix:

     pip install watchdog
    

    in Windows:

     python -m pip install watchdog
    

How to use

Make a new git repository for synchronize your files

new git repository

I made a new git repository named configs in Github.

Setup your git repository locally

cd ~/Documents ## REPLACE ~/Documents TO WHATEVER DIR YOU LIKE

mkdir configs
cd configs

git init

## REPLACE git@github.com:iWoz/configs.git TO YOUR GIT REPOSITORY CREATED BEFORE
git remote add origin git@github.com:iWoz/configs.git 

## add submodule
git submodule add git@github.com:iWoz/file_sync.git

## stage all, commit and push to remote
git add -A
git commit -m "First commit."
git push -u origin master
## make sure you pushed successfully before you start the  next step

Setup your file_list.txt for files to synchronize

Make a new file name file_list.txt in root of your git repository.

For example, contents in my file_list.txt are :

/Users/Tim/.zshrc
/Users/Tim/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/User/Default (OSX).sublime-keymap
/Users/Tim/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/User/Preferences.sublime-settings

Make sure one line one file in its absolute path.

Test

Run file_sync.py in submodule file_sync

cd file_sync
python file_sync.py

Now modify one of your files mentioned in file_list.txt.

For example, I modified .zshrc, and then logs are:

logs

And when I check the remote git repository, all worked ok:

check

Auto run when system startup

  • OS X

    • make a file named com.wuzhiwei.filesync.plist in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

    • fill the plist with content below

       <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
       <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC -//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd >
       <plist version="1.0">
         <dict>
           <key>Label</key>
           <string>com.wuzhiwei.filesync</string>
           <key>Program</key>
           <!-- REPLACE BELOW TO YOUR file_sync.py PATH -->
           <string>/Users/Tim/Documents/configs/file_sync/file_sync.py</string>
           <key>RunAtLoad</key>
           <true/>
           <key>KeepAlive</key>
           <true/>
           <key>UserName</key>
           <!-- REPLACE BELOW TO YOUR USERNAME -->
           <string>Tim</string>
           <key>StandardErrorPath</key>
           <!-- REPLACE BELOW TO WHAT EVER PATH YOU LIKE -->
           <string>/Users/Tim/Documents/configs/file_sync/file_sync_error.log</string>
           <key>StandardOutPath</key>
           <!-- REPLACE BELOW TO WHAT EVER PATH YOU LIKE -->
           <string>/Users/Tim/Documents/configs/file_sync/file_sync_output.log</string>
         </dict>
       </plist>
      
    • replace to your real path or username in lines below REPLACE BELOW TO ...

    • load the plist to system service: launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.wuzhiwei.filesync.plist

    • if you want to unload the autorun service: launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.wuzhiwei.filesync.plist

    • check if the service is run in back: launchctl list | grep com.wuzhiwei.filesync

  • Windows

    I rarely use Windows, there is an ugly way to do this:

    • make a bat file named file_sync.bat
    • write pythonw __YOUR_DIR__\file_sync.py in this bat
    • put this bat to your startup folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    • close the console because we use pythonw
    • more infomation can be found in here
  • *nix

    I'm pretty sure you can make it happen by yourself when you use *nix :)