[K12OSN] the /etc/skel directory..

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Thu Jan 13 19:57:17 UTC 2005

Well that's certainly worth knowing!
Makes setting up defaults a LOT easier at the beginning of the year =)


Jim Kronebusch wrote:

>>What is this and what purpose does it serve?
>>Are there tips'tricks that can be done here?
>When the home directory for a new user is created, it is initialized
>with files from the /etc/skel  directory. The system administrator can
>create files in /etc/skel  that will provide a nice default environment
>for users. For example, he might create a /etc/skel/.profile  that sets
>the EDITOR environment variable to some editor that is friendly towards
>new users. 
>However, it is usually best to try to keep /etc/skel  as small as
>possible, since it will be next to impossible to update existing users'
>files. For example, if the name of the friendly editor changes, all
>existing users would have to edit their .profile . The system
>administrator could try to do it automatically, with a script, but that
>is almost certain going to break someone's file. 
>Whenever possible, it is better to put global configuration into global
>files, such as /etc/profile . This way it is possible to update it
>without breaking users' own setups.
>As far as I know there are a lot of possible tricks with this directory.

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