Git is ignoring .git directories in subdirectories

I’m using git as a backup tool and ‘roaming profile’ for my $HOME directory between laptop and desktop.

My problem is that under my $HOME I have a Development directory with multiple git projects I’m working on. Git will not allow me to add the subdirectories .git folders. So to commit to these projects I have to push the changes into my $HOME git repo, pull on laptop (where they were created and .git dir exsits) and commit.

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    Has anyone done this or have an idea how I would?

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    Don’t do it. It’s a bad idea because you are creating a versioned backup of a versioned repository. Just create a backup by rsync (you can still version the parent using git)

    I’m personally using git to sync some dot-files like .profile or .vimrc. To avoid problems like yours my git is located in $HOME/dot and the single files are symlinked in $HOME.

    I would recommend a script which would first backup every .git projects you have under your $HOME: it will produce one backup file (still under your $HOME)
    See git bundle for more.

    And then, you can add/update those backup (or “bundle”) files to your main git repo (which contains all of your $HOME except the .git projects)

    Finally, you can export all of your $HOME as one file with the same Git backup technique (git bundle).

    In the past I have used gibak, a Git backup tool. Besides taking care of file attributes it also takes care of Git repositories inside your home directory.

    One disclaimer though. I have used it for a while, but sometimes the backup became corrupt. I haven’t investigated this, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that running applications constantly write data to your home directory. At some point the hashes mismatch and you have to do some smart things in order to get it fixed (or start a new backup).

    At least give it a try, it may work for you. The problem I mentioned might also be caused by Git. Since I tried this 1.5 years ago, it might be fixed in the meantime.

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.