taper verb. to make gradually smaller toward one end noun. one that applies or dispenses tape
Taper is a CLI tool for managing configuration files, primarily "dotfiles" on
UNIX-like operating systems. These dotfiles are all the little (and sometimes
big) configuration files that fill a user's home directory and are used by a
variety of programs such as
SSH, and more.
Unlike many other dotfile management tools, Taper does not simply symlink your config files. Instead you write a single unified config file that is used to generate all the others. This offers a single source of truth for your configuration.
Taper uses Dhall as its configuration format, since it provides a number of advanced features that make Taper easier to use, and is a consistent and standardized format.
Taper is similar to and inspired by home-manager, but it importantly does not require Nix and does not do any form of package management or versioning on its own.
Taper is currently in heavy development and is not ready for use
Please read the Taper manual, which can be access with
man taper or the
Documentation for Taper configuration files can be accessed with
man 5 taper
Frequently Asked Questions can usually be answered by the
Taper is written entirely in Rust and can be built with the Cargo build tool like all Rust projects.
cargo build --release
If you would like to contribute to Taper's development or documentation, please
There are currently two mailing lists for Taper:
taper-develfor discussing the development of Taper and the submission of patches.
taper-announcefor project announcements and updates.
It is highly suggested that prospective developers subscribe to the
taper-devel mailing list.
Please follow good mailing list etiquette.
Please see the
section of the
taper -- unified dotfile manager Copyright (C) 2020 Steven vanZyl
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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