As you may or may not know that I love working on a Linux OS and I also love working with Git so why not use them both in a blog post??

What can I do with Linux and Git that I have not seen anywhere else?

I got it! How about how to backup your Linux dot files like “.bash_profile” using Git and putting them on github so If I move to a new Linux workstation I can just do a pull of all my files..

Clone My Project to Start

so the first thing we are going to do is to clone my dot files project and move them into a folder called dotfiles

cd ~/Documents
mkdir dotfiles
git clone
cp mintdotfiles/* dotfiles

No after you do that you should copy all your dot files into the same folder

cp ~/.bash_profile ~/Documents/dotfiles/bash_profle
cp ~/.bashrc ~/Documents/dotfiles/bashrc
cp ~/.gitconfig ~/Documents/dotfiles/gitconfig
cp ~/.gitignore ~/Documents/dotfiles/gitignore
cp ~/.vimrc ~/Documents/dotfiles/vimrc

No lets change the file rights and run the scripte

cd ~/Documents/dotfiles
chmod +x

Now you need to go into github or bitbucket and create a new repository, once you created one on the server you then use the following commands to setup your local repository and push it to the server

git init
git add --all
git commit -am "first time load"
git remote add origin ssh://
git push -u origin master

No you have a backup of all your dot linux files and you can all ways update your backup.

If you have any questions or comments please email me at


21 November 2014