[K12OSN] KDE menu editing

sysadmin sysadmin at handsworth.bham.sch.uk
Tue Jun 8 07:52:23 UTC 2004

At 22:23 07/06/2004, you wrote:
>  What I want to do is create some sort of default so that all users' menus
>will be changed.  I cannot seem to find where / how the defaults are
>created.  I guess I person could edit one test account and then save those
>.kde files to /etc/skel .... but there are so many files that change, it is
>difficult to determine what actually needs to be moved to skel and what just
>gets in the way.  When playing with other kde settings, some of the files
>moved /etc/skel later cause conflicts.

I setup one user with all the desktop and menu settings that I want the 
other users to have (ie one user is setup to become the defaults for the 
others).  I then copy to /etc/skel the directories .kde, .opera, .mozilla 
and .phoenix; we give the users a choice of four web browers but unless you 
have opera, mozilla or firefox installed, you can ignore the browser 
stuff.  In both the .mozilla and .phoenix dirs you need to remove 
appreg.  When a new user is created, the menu and desktop settings are 
replicated. One extra thing that you must do when the new user is created 
is need to set the correct path in pref.js (.mozilla and .phoenix in the 
new users home dir), which is easy with a bit of sed.  I know the way that 
I treat mozilla & firefox is not the recommended method but the "approved" 
method is far to fiddley.

I've used this method on both RH9 & Fedora 1 successfully and while it 
works for me, YMMV.
Martin Woolley
ICT Support
Handsworth Grammar School
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