I am tracking my dotfiles by using this approach. This is very useful method to track files which are in different locations.

Short summary of the blog.

alias dotfiles='/usr/bin/git --git-dir=$HOME/.dotfiles/ --work-tree=$HOME'

dotfiles add newfile
dotfiles commit -am "add new file"

Since it's bash alias, I couldn't fınd the way to integrate this function with magit.


How I can use magit graphical interface like dotfiles-magit-status and look for changed files for this repository?

Kind of function like M-x dotfiles-magit-status is accepted.

Links same approach:

Maybe helps:

alias dotfiles='/usr/bin/git --git-dir=$HOME/.dotfiles/ --work-tree=$HOME'

I am under the impression that the only "problem" that this solves is that you typically cannot do git clone URL $HOME because $HOME already exists. I recommend you do this instead:

git clone URL /tmp/home
mv /tmp/home/.git $HOME/.git
rm -rf /tmp/home
cd $HOME

The cost of the "dotfiles approach" however is high: you now have to teach Magit and probably many tools to come about this complication. Anyway, if you still want to do it, at https://www.reddit.com/r/emacs/comments/ot92l3 someone else seems to have figured out how to make the pig fly.

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