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    Rebelli0us is offline Extra Foam Sugar Free Ubuntu
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    How to copy user / profile settings

    How do I transfer my user profile and settings to a new user?

    I copied over Theme files for "Appearance". But I also need to copy (taskbar) Panels and keyboard shortcuts.

    Are there files I can simply copy to the new profile? I'm grateful there is NO "registry" in Linux, or is there?

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    Re: How to copy user / profile settings

    all your profile configuration is in so called dotfiles - files/directories with names starting with a dot. You got plenty of them in your home directory

    to see them: ctrl+h in nautilus or ls -la .* in terminal

    once you copy them over as a root, set the ownership with chown command - usually you cannot use another user's files

    sudo chown -R newowner:newowner <files/dirs>


    Code:
    sudo find ~newowner -maxdepth 1 -name ".*" -exec chown -R newowner:newowner {} \;
    should set the ownership
    Last edited by Vaphell; August 20th, 2010 at 01:33 PM.

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    Rebelli0us is offline Extra Foam Sugar Free Ubuntu
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    Re: How to copy user / profile settings

    Thank you. So where are the Panels and keyboard shortcuts? There's a directory named .config, can I copy over the whole thing?

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