I have a repo for my dotfiles and update it here and there on various computers. Sometimes I forget to git pull before editting and git push. This creates conflicts or trigger git merge, or I just forget that I wrote a new feature somewhere else already. So, how do I do the following:

  1. check every n minutes for remote repo changes and give a message to the current frame so I can pull the changes before doing something else.
  2. When opening (find-file) on the repo, do the same check changes and notification.
  3. (expansion for other use cases) if I am not working on the repo, but I still want to get notitfy about changes on a list of repos something like this: ((repo1 "git@host:/path/to/repo1") (repo2 "[email protected]:user/repo2"))

    if there are changes on repo1 then I will get a notification saying "There are changes on repo1. Check it out!"

  • there is the magit-status-refresh-hook that you can attach a pull to
    – Jules
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 21:01

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I would recommend against setting up some mechanism to automatically pull. Personally I avoid even pulling manually. What I usually do instead is to first only fetch. Once I have done that I can see what new commits, if any, were "created elsewhere". I can then inspect those changes and decide, on a case by case basis, whether it is appropriate to merge or to rebase.

Usually I rebase, which can be done using r, followed by u or e <branch> RET as appropriate.

If after doing it explicitly like this for a while, you find that you always rebase (and I would assume that for dotfile repositories this might actually be the case), you can also configure pull to always rebase. To do so type b to bring up the branch configuration popup and then type M-r until true is highlighted on the pull.rebase line (i.e. set the repository-local value of pull.rebase to true). Alternatively you can configure just the current branch to be always rebase, using the same popup.

  • I can partially agree with not automatic pull, but still want to do get automatic notification. I think I have some clues, I will implement it and come back later Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 6:56

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