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Re: Is there a way to have a local version of a header file?

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 3:29 PM, David Lang <david@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> for an embedded project built inside the Arduino IDE, (alternate firmware
> for a home automation project) there is a need to set a number of parameters
> that we really don't want in the main repo (wifi network IDs/passwords)
> right now, we have these things set as #defines in a header file.
> We need to distribute a base version of this file for new people to get
> started.
> Is there any way to have git define a file in such a way that if it doesn't
> exist in the worktree it gets populated, but if it does exist it doesn't get
> overwritten? (as I type this, I'm thinking a trigger may work, but we need
> it to work on Linux, Windows and OSX)
> Any thoughts on a sane way to handle this situation?

There's no sane way to do what you're describing without renaming the file.

But the sanest way to do this is to have a config.h.example

Then you have "/config.h" in the .gitignore file.

And you tell the users to copy the *.example file to *.h, and your
program then includes the *.h file.

If you wanted to provide defaults you could just #include the
config.h.example first, so #defines in the *.h file would clobber
those in the *.example.