When working on projects I often want to keep some private files around: “TODO” notes, work-in-progress commit messages, various reference files, etc.
For a long time I stored everything in
$HOME, which was typically even more
cluttered than my actual home. My
$HOME/TODO was just a mess of random notes
about random stuff.
At some point I realized you can just store stuff in the
I typically have a
.git/todo which contains carious “oh I thought of this
thing, lemme quickly write that down”-kind of notes. A lot of that doesn’t need
to be in an issue tracker; half the time it’s just something I need to check to
be sure, or something that doesn’t pan out.
I write commit messages in
.git/draft, and then
git commit -eF .git/draft to
For my bot detection library I have a long list of
User-Agent headers, IP
addresses (and reverse lookups/internet registry data) to detect patterns. It’s
clearly part of the project, but won’t be readily usable for anyone else and
doesn’t really need to be in git itself.
I figured this was a small handy tip worth sharing ;-)