Share single .bashrc across multiple linux machines

Often I manage many servers and find myself wishing I had the same shortcuts available on my workstation, also present on the server.

Normally I’d use puppet to manage the .bashrc or .bash_profile, but my workstations don’t have a puppet master. To work around this, I store my .bash_profile on github, and have a script to update it automatically.

Here is the script to update my bash_profile

       curl -L > ~/.bash_profile

The actual bash profile is located here

    alias ls='ls -G'
    alias sl='ls -G'
    alias up='cd ..'
    alias redo='sudo \!-1'
    alias sdou='sudo'
    alias suod='sudo'
    alias sodu='sudo'
    alias tailf='tail -f'
    # Open sublime text editor with command subl
    if [ ! -f /usr/local/bin/subl ]; then /bin/ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ /usr/local/bin/subl; fi;

Now on every machine I manage, I run the following command just once

    curl -L | bash -x

After that, I can just execute the bashupdate alias to pull down the latest version.

    spuder@Spuders-MacBook-Pro:~$ bashupdate

Open a new terminal, or source your ~/.bash_profile and you will instantly have the new changes. Pretty slick right?

About spuder
spuder is a "super computer" support engineer by day, and tinkerer / hobbyist by night.

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