Git Config


Here's a handy trick for using your preferred email address based on the directory context you're working in. This helps prevent accidentally committing to a Git repository with the wrong email address. Now work, personal, and freelance code commits always have the appropriate commit address.

In my home directory, I have ~/.gitconfig, the standard file for global options. Obviously there's the global default under [user]. The magic happens with [includeIf "…"]. Once I'm in one of those work directories, the path based configuration will override the global default!


    name = Travis Miller
    email =

[includeIf "gitdir:~/work/broco/"]
    path = /Users/tmiller/work/broco/.gitconfig
[includeIf "gitdir:~/work/gitlab/"]
    path = /Users/tmiller/work/gitlab/.gitconfig
[includeIf "gitdir:~/work/travismiller/"]
    path = /Users/tmiller/work/travismiller/.gitconfig
[includeIf "gitdir:~/work/underdogsystems/"]
    path = /Users/tmiller/work/underdogsystems/.gitconfig


    email =

Clean Machine

Recently, I acquired a new laptop for work and took the opportunity to start with a clean install. No TimeMachine, nor transfer of home directory. Just starting over with everything I now know, with a goal of keeping a manual log of everything installed or configured. Two reasons include: it'll be interesting to know, and, it will encourage slowing down and thinking through the actual need or the process of installing something.

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As previously mentioned, Netlify has done a really nice job of putting together a product which exemplifies a solid, modern approach to web development. The architecture is commonly referred to as "JAMstack", and while I initially cringed at the name, I've come to embrace the moniker.

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