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Re: [K12OSN] the /etc/skel directory..



A way around the customization issue it to create .cshrc.pers in addition to the .cshrc (if using csh, change for .profile) in /etc/skel, then at the end of the .cshrc in /etc/skel include
 
if (-f $HOME/.cshrc.pers) then
source $HOME/.cshrc.pers
endif
 
This is straight from our website: http://www.arl.hpc.mil/userservices/ibm_sp3.html  and we try to adhere to since it is possible for sysadmins to then push new .profile/.cshrc to all users without crushing user customizations.
 
Could still cause an issue with a "Reset Desktop" unless the reset script knows to move all the original (dot) files to .old .
 
Sincerely,
Dave Hopkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
-------------- Original message --------------

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