Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

I have two machines in two fairly distant locations that I do development on, depending on where I am. I currently use a git sync to keep the following dotfiles manually synced

.irssi .ssh/config .vim .bashrc .profile .vmirc .hgrc .bash_aliases .config/ipython

And a few accessory scripts that sort out ssh key generation and distribution to a few servers that I regularly interact with.

These are great for syncing console-style applications, but for syncing things like web browsing etc, I just LastPass.

My question is, how can I go about syncing the general desktop experience (i.e. gconf, dconf, backgrounds, compiz settings, etc) without having massive conflicts from run-time modified files?

In terms of hardware, the machines are fairly similar (dual screens, nvidia displays, 12.04.1, etc) and it's easy enough to do package syncing between the machines.

Basically wondering if anyone has any 'best practices'?

share|improve this question
I used to use symbolic links to files in a Dropbox folder, that worked quite well. Probably you could do the same with Ubuntu One. –  January Oct 24 '12 at 11:37
Dropbox / Ubuntu One is dangerous if the two machines are on at the same time, which is usually the case. Hence why I moved from DB to Git :D But thanks! –  Andrew Bolster Oct 24 '12 at 11:51

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.