Joey Hess, a fellow Debian developer, keeps his life in subversion:
For the past five years, I've checked every file I've created and worked on, every email I've sent or received, and every config file I've tweaked into revision control.
He has done this for an even longer time using CVS (see his other article "CVS homedir") and explains the advantages of using SVN over CVS. He successfully converted his CVS repositories to SVN and they now amount to several gigabytes of content.
I'm quite impressed with this, and - having already used SVN for several code projects - decided to use it for my homedir now, too. Today, I checked in my .bashrc, .bash_logout, .bash_profile, .procmailrc, .muttrc, .slrnrc, .xsession, .vimrc, .signature and a few other files into SVN, more will follow later.
Also, quite important for me, my local .todo file (currently a 130 KB plain-text file with more or less important TODO items) is now in SVN. I imagine I'll have a lot of fun when I browse the history of my .todo file in a few years ;-)
One thing I already have in SVN for quite some time is my websites. Before uploading any file (via FTP, scp, whatever) I check it in on my local computer. As most of my sites are database-driven (using wikis or CMSes), I also periodically get the database dumps and check them into SVN.
This provides me with the additional benefit, that I can test any changes to my websites on my local computer, before they become public. If I mess up, I can always restart with a simple
rm -rf foo && svn up foo.
For the future I plan to also put my /etc directory as well as the /etc of my server(s) into version control.
On any of your Debian boxes you can minimize the disk space used with a nifty little package called
This comes especially handy on root-servers or virtual servers where disk space is usually quite limited.
After installing anything with
apt-get install foo, localepurge will remove all translation files and translated manpages in languages you cannot read (can be configured in
/etc/locale.nopurge, of course).
This can save you several megabytes of disk space, depending on the packages you have installed.