git-crypt VS dotfiles

Compare git-crypt vs dotfiles and see what are their differences.


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Posts with mentions or reviews of git-crypt. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-11.
  • Why Can't My Mom Email Me?
    2 projects | | 11 Apr 2024

    And occasionally to encrypt files, or receive encrypted files.

    These are practical things which are non-theoretical.

    > Using multiple keys don't offer added security or secrecy.

    Depends on how careful you are or want to be, with your private key. My house key isn't the same as my car key isn't the same as my bike key.

    > This is nothing like data harvesting

    Alright fair, bad example. What I was grumbling about was more the lack of any clear communication that you've been auto-opted-in to a feature on protonmail, with no user interface signal indicating so, leading to confusion for a couple months like in TFA. I definitely wasn't casting shade on the opengpg keyserver, nor protonmail. It's the "hey! I didn't check a box for this, and it's not mentioned anywhere in the protonmail docs" hidden functionality which could do with some clarification.

    I'm a forgetful creature. If I intentionally put my key on a keyserver, because I'm playing around and learning about PGP, will I make the connection between it and protonmail a few months down the line if I move my email account to them? Unlikely.

    It's a nice automated feature. Protonmail-to-protonmail e2e encryption makes a lot of sense. I just think protonmail-to-non-protonmail e2e needs a tooltip in the UI, and the option to opt out, potentially with the ability to opt out for specific email addresses. I wouldn't at all assume it would be on by default even IF I've been actively using PGP in my email clients, because it's something you usually have to manually set up yourself, very explicitly. That, and 99.9% of emails are plaintext.

    Anyhoo, one thing I forgot which kind of negates the "what if I have multiple encryption keys tied to my email" is the fact that the opengpg keyserver does tie 1 email address to 1 key so you can't publish multiple encryption keys, fair enough. Git-crypt and file encryption, I set my associated email address to use +tags eg [email protected], so as far as protonmail etc are concerned there's only one key per logical email address.

  • Is it safe to commit a Terraform file to GitHub?
    4 projects | /r/Terraform | 24 Jun 2023
    Apart from a few exceptions (like ansible for example, which supports native encryption), we moved away from encrypted secrets in git repos and use external things, depending on the platform (like parameter store / secrets manager for AWS or keyvault for Azure - both of these do track changes, btw), so I haven't looked for quite a while. Back in ye olden days we used which worked quite nicely, but the key management is cumbersome and it's based on GPG, which in itself is a bit of a light redish flag these days.
  • GitHub Private Repos Considered Private-­Ish
    3 projects | | 4 Jun 2023
    How about encryption? has been solid for me

  • Codeship jet alternative
    1 project | /r/webdev | 18 May 2023
    You might want to check out git-crypt. It allows you to encrypt and decrypt files in a git repo without needing an external account, and supports .env files. That said, trying your hand at making one as a personal project could be a fun and rewarding experience!
  • Ask HN: Privacy-Conscious GitHub?
    1 project | | 1 Apr 2023
    I hesitate to append this but one option I have seen thrown around and also debated is git-crypt [1] There are many caveats to doing this as any integrations that would need to read the file contents would also need to be able to decrypt the files so this may not be entirely useful and may add many levels of complexity and fragility.

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  • Vaults vs. Cryptomator? Security, Cloud syncing, integration?
    2 projects | /r/kde | 30 Mar 2023
    The most interesting approach I've seen for this is
  • How can I Make this binary statically-linked?
    1 project | /r/learnprogramming | 9 Feb 2023
    Here is the Makefile.
    1 project | /r/cpp_questions | 8 Feb 2023
    I use git-crypt to encrypt files in git repositories quite a lot and I find that it doesn't work on RHEL-based distros because of some missing or out-of-date library. I need to build a statically linked binary.
  • How to Deploy and Scale Strapi on a Kubernetes Cluster 1/2
    13 projects | | 3 Feb 2023
    Store the Secrets in a repo using gitcrypt or another encryption tool.
  • I moved all my input files to a private repo and used it as a submodule
    4 projects | /r/adventofcode | 17 Jan 2023
    Consider using git-crypt for transparent encryption instead.


Posts with mentions or reviews of dotfiles. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-30.
  • Ugrep – a more powerful, ultra fast, user-friendly, compatible grep
    27 projects | | 30 Dec 2023
    So ired is a toy. One wonders how many search results you've missed over the years because of ired's feature "it's so minimal that it's wrong!" I mean sometimes tools have bugs. ripgrep has had bugs too. But this one has been in ired since 2009.

    What is it that you said? YIKES. Yeah. Seems appropriate.



  • Framework 13 with AMD Ryzen 7040 Series Makes for a Great Linux Laptop
    4 projects | | 15 Nov 2023
    I've been using X11 on my Framework laptop for years. No desktop environment at all. Just my regulard old school window manager[1]. No KDE or GNOME. But also no XFCE.

    The only thing I had to do to get scaling working for me was set two environment variables[2].

    I was indeed worried about this when I bought the laptop. Prior to this, I avoided anything with resolutions higher than 1920x1200. But it turned out that everything mostly worked with a couple tweaks.

    I think the only real issue I've run into is `git gui`. As I understand it, the GUI toolkit it uses doesn't support scaling? Not sure. I ended up working around it by just increasing font sizes. I suppose this exposes the weakness that is probably impacting you: the scaling on my laptop is being done by the GUI toolkits, not the display server or compositor. (I don't always run a compositor, but when I do, I use `picom`. Mostly just to avoid tearing.)



  • Docfd 0.8.5 TUI fuzzy document finder
    2 projects | /r/commandline | 20 May 2023
    Here's a really simple example:
  • What setup do you use to program in rust?
    5 projects | /r/rust | 3 May 2023
    The full details of my setup (and more) are here:
  • Fastest XML node parsing library in Rust
    2 projects | /r/rust | 8 Apr 2023
    If it turns out to be the library (I'd wager not, 4 minutes feels excessive), then you could give roxmltree a try. This program deals with about 7GB of XML (my SMS history for the past few years) in about 15 seconds.
  • Do people write whole APIs in Rust?
    2 projects | /r/rust | 2 Apr 2023
    Did you try roxmltree? It worked really well for me and was quite fast:
  • would you use rust for scripting?
    6 projects | /r/rust | 20 Mar 2023
    find-invalid-utf8: walks a directory tree and prints invalid UTF-8 in files using nice hex escapes with coloring. This is useful for honing on in where invalid UTF-8 occur. You have a good bet of finding some by checking out any moderately sized repository of code. The Linux kernel used to have some. The Mozilla repo does. The CPython repo does too. This is why it's important for CLI tools to deal with invalid UTF-8 gracefully in some way.
  • What are some less popular but well-made crates you'd like others to know about?
    12 projects | /r/rust | 8 Jan 2023
    Yeah it's great! I used it to implement a little utility to convert a subset of SMS/MMS messages from an XML backup to a more readable plain text version:
  • Ask HN: Can I see your scripts?
    73 projects | | 15 Aug 2022
    My dotfiles:

    Here are some selected scripts folks might find interesting.

    Here's my backup script that I use to encrypt my data at rest before shipping it off to s3. Runs every night and is idempotent. I use s3 lifecycle rules to keep data around for 6 months after it's deleted. That way, if my script goofs, I can recover:

    I have so many machines running Archlinux that I wrote my own little helper for installing Arch that configures the machine in the way I expect:

    A tiny little script to recover the git commit message you spent 10 minutes writing, but "lost" because something caused the actual commit to fail (like a gpg error):

    A script that produces a GitHub permalink from just a file path and some optional file numbers. Pass --clip to put it on your clipboard: --- I use it with this vimscript function to quickly generate permalinks from my editor:

    A wrapper around 'gh' (previously: 'hub') that lets you run 'hub-rollup pr-number' and it will automatically rebase that PR into your current branch. This is useful for creating one big "rollup" branch of a bunch of PRs. It is idempotent.

    Scale a video without having to memorize ffmpeg's crazy CLI syntax:

    Under X11, copy something to your clipboard using the best tool available:

  • Is it common for you guys to have an update break your system?
    2 projects | /r/archlinux | 11 Aug 2022
    Otherwise, the most common "breakage" I get is when I forget to update in a while. Used to be a mostly non-issue until package signing became a thing. Now I get lots of signing errors when I update. When that happens, I run this script and it usually fixes things:

What are some alternatives?

When comparing git-crypt and dotfiles you can also consider the following projects:

git-secrets - Commit files with sensitive information like environment secrets safely encrypted in GitHub

nvim-tree.lua - A file explorer tree for neovim written in lua

sops - Simple and flexible tool for managing secrets

rust-script - Run Rust files and expressions as scripts without any setup or compilation step.

sealed-secrets - A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets

vscodium - binary releases of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing

age - A simple, modern and secure encryption tool (and Go library) with small explicit keys, no config options, and UNIX-style composability.

nocode - The best way to write secure and reliable applications. Write nothing; deploy nowhere.

dendron - The personal knowledge management (PKM) tool that grows as you do!

rust.vim - Vim configuration for Rust.

helm-secrets - A helm plugin that help manage secrets with Git workflow and store them anywhere

gitsigns.nvim - Git integration for buffers

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