Can I clone my F7 desktop tweaks?

Scott van Looy scott at
Tue Jun 26 18:32:28 UTC 2007

Today Beartooth did spake thusly:

> There is probably special vocabulary for what I want to do, maybe even a
> routine for doing it (if I'm lucky) -- but I have no idea how to look for
> either. My apologies!
> Let me expatiate a little.
> We have a laptop which neither of us often uses; and a new local ISP with
> new hardware, which (when set to) enables the laptop to connect
> wirelessly in the guest room. It will be much more convenient for any
> house guests who may need to get online while they're here than in the
> past. (Getting an ethernet cable to the guest room would be a royal pain.)
> Several of our regulars do in fact usually need at least to check their
> email once or twice while here.
> So I'm starting to create user accounts on the laptop. When a given guest
> is not here, I just set that user's shell to /sbin/nologin -- in addition
> to shutting the laptop clear down, and turning off wireless access
> entirely. IOW, the setup ought to be pretty safe -- safe enough to leave
> each account in existence, ready for the next visit.
> But very few of our visitors know any linux at all -- most, likely
> enough, have never even seen it. They'll need to have things explained
> from time to time, and maybe unsnarled.
> What I therefore want to do is give each new account a desktop -- size
> and location of panels, and of launchers on panels a/o in drawers, that
> kind of thing -- just like the one I use, at least at first.
> Given that I do have my own account on the laptop, and that I have it set
> up just as I do on my usual PCs, is there a safe and reasonably easy way
> to carry it over to each new user account as I create them? Preferably
> one that I can use as root, without having to log into each account, or
> even know its password? (They'll each set their own, the first time they
> visit.)

look in /etc/skel - all the stuff that a new user gets in their home 
directory comes from there. So in theory you should be able to copy all 
your settings into there and it'll be the default for new users.

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