Tracking commits to a GitHub repo with RSS

Watching a repo on GitHub will keep you up to date with it’s issues and pull requests. From time to time there are repos that need a closer eye kept on them though.

I inspected the page of one such repo this afternoon and to my slight surprise found what I was after: an RSS feed. Props to GitHub for going one step further by providing per-branch commit feeds, structured like this:

https://github.com/user/repo/commits/branch.atom

A working example:

https://github.com/elliotekj/specify/commits/master.atom

Screencast #1: How I manage my dotfiles with GitHub

There are plenty of different ways to manage dotfiles. This screencast shows you how I sync mine across machines via GitHub.

I like this solution because it doesn’t rely on any tools other than Git which is more or less platform-ubiquitous. There’s no need to install other scripts or software and if you’re not a fan of GitHub then you can just as easily use Bitbucket or any other host.

Hacker News commenter StreakyCobra is the brains behind this setup and, as I mentioned in the video, it’s a setup that has served me flawlessly so far.