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[INFO] How to prevent skel from overwriting changes in home directory

Post by allan_m » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:54 pm

How to make changes to /home that are not overwritten by running skel after an update.

Hello. First of all, thank you Erik and the development team for Arcolinux. I migrated a few days ago from Antergos Linux, and am very happy with my experience so far.

I am learning a great deal, esp about the aliases, and the videos are quite helpful and informative.

I am using the ArcolinuxB Plasma build and have a question about one of the confiuration files in /etc/skel. In my Plasma configuration, I normally have 8 virtual desktops available. However, I noticed that after an update, running "skel", and rebooting, it defaults back to 4. It did this on both of my machines (one is my main machine and the other is a backup machine that I installed Arcolinux B on first to see how it would do), so I figured it had something to do with a file (or files) in /etc/skel overwriting a file in my /home directory.

Indeed, in the "kwinrc" file in the /.config directory, the very first section appears to be directly related to this issue.

My question is this: how do I make a change in my /home directory files that I want to carry over after updates? I saw how it's possible to do this with bash (with bashrc-personal and the alias cb) but not other settings. I did searches for this matter using all the terms I could think of but nothing relevant came up, but I know this type of question had to come up before and is addressed somewhere.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Re: [OPEN] How to prevent skel from overwriting changes in home directory

Post by erikdubois » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:10 pm

Doing a skel is getting our settings in.

Skel has been created for us - developers and betatesters. But if you like what you get and see then yes skel comes in handy.

A quick and easy way to get the new configurations in that we need to try out before releasing it.

There can be no old code or it will stain the test.

Before we had the alias skel, we actually compared folders with the application meld.

You can do this once a week or once a month or never.

The updates of our new configs come in /etc/skel.

And if you do not run skel.... nothing will ever change.

We keep out of your /home directory.

After every clean install of an iso you will start with the very last configs we created anyway.

Second option
Set the computer the way you want

Then go to your .config folder and also .local folder and just make a copy of these two.
Then do a skel.
Then compare your .config and .config copy with each other and do a meld.
This does not take very long and you learn the code in this manner.

Hope it is clear... there must be video's about meld on the channel.
Search for the words "skel" "bupskel" and "meld".

It will become clear.
Learn, have fun and enjoy.
But first use the power of the Arch Wiki
use the tutorials on https://www.youtube.com/erikdubois
then use the power of google
then use the power of our moderators.

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Re: [OPEN] How to prevent skel from overwriting changes in home directory

Post by allan_m » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:13 am

Thanks for the response. It provided exactly the information I needed.

I would mark this topic as "Solved" but couldn't find the mechanic to do so. Perhaps it's Moderator function. If so, it can be marked as "Solved".

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Re: [INFO] How to prevent skel from overwriting changes in home directory

Post by erikdubois » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:54 am

Here is a video I created for you to make sure you keep all your settings.

It is intuitive and you learn a lot about your computer, its applications and its settings.

It is up to you how many time you do a skel per month.

I guess whenever you feel like it and/or have the time.

Learn, have fun and enjoy.
But first use the power of the Arch Wiki
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then use the power of google
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