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Codespaces now have a configurable idle timeout

By default Codespaces time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. We’ve heard from many users that they have a desire to extend this up to an entire workday. You can now set a default idle timeout for your codespaces from five minutes to four hours, as well as override the idle timeout for an individual codespace using the gh CLI.

For more information, see “Setting your timeout period for Codespaces”.

We’re consistently expanding the capabilities of projects (boards & tables) on GitHub, and we’ve got a handful of exciting updates and improvements launching today.

💫 View your boards by any field

When you are in the board layout, you can now pick any single select or iteration field to use for columns.

  • Open the view settings menu and select column field.
  • Choose any of the available single select or iteration type fields.
  • Drag and drop your items to update your selected field.

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✅ Set fields to items added under a filter

No more disappearing items. When you add an item to a view with a filter, those fields will now automatically be set.

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👋 See your team

With our new presence indicators we continue to evolve the real-time experience in projects, you can see who on your team is making updates to the same projects you are. Presence indicators are currently only enabled for organization owned private projects.

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✨ Bug fixes & improvements

Other changes include:

  • Clicking into the filter bar will now automatically add a space.
  • Bug fix where previous iterations would not display in the board layout.
  • Fixed an overflow issue with long view names.
  • Added the ability to filter by type, to switch between users or teams under the manage access settings page.

See how to use GitHub for project planning with GitHub Issues, check out what’s on the roadmap, and learn more in the docs.

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Dotfiles are a common way to specify custom, user-specific behavior for applications (like Vim or Emacs) and shells on your codespaces. If enabled, dotfiles stored in a user's public dotfiles repository would be used for this configuration. With this change, any user owned repo, including private repos, can be used to install dotfiles into your codespaces.

For more information, see "Dotfiles".

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