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    Default Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensuse based on existing user

    I want to setup multiple users which can login on my opensuse desktop. After having created one user and configured all desktop and application settings the way I want it, what is the easiest/best way to create other users so that they have the same configuration for the desktop/applications?

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    Default Re: Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensusebased on existing user

    On 2013-11-27 20:36, suskewiet wrote:
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    > I want to setup multiple users which can login on my opensuse desktop.
    > After having created one user and configured all desktop and application
    > settings the way I want it, what is the easiest/best way to create other
    > users so that they have the same configuration for the
    > desktop/applications?


    Do it from script, not yast, and copy an skeleton of directories and
    files to your taste. Have a look at the directory "/etc/skel/".

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    Default Re: Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensuse based on existing user

    You can use the /etc/skel directory for this purpose. Copy the configuration files over as root. I don't know if this will work for individual applications though.

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    Default Re: Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensuse based on existing user

    Ok learned something new with this etc/skel directory.

    so basically I should:


    • Create first user and configure desktop and applications the way I want it for default settings for other users
    • Copy contents of the first users' home directory to /etc/skel
    • create 2nd, 3rd, ... User


    2 more questions:


    • Do i have to worry about file/folder permissions or are the permissions set correctly automatically for the new user?
    • are there files which may not be copied to the skel dir?

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    Default Re: Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensusebased on existing user

    On 2013-11-27 22:06, suskewiet wrote:

    > - Do i have to worry about file/folder permissions or are the
    > permissions set correctly automatically for the new user?


    No, the skel dir is owned by root. The user creation process applies
    them with the new user UID.

    > - are there files which may not be copied to the skel dir?


    Dunno.

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    Default Re: Howto apply default settings for new users created on opensuse based on existing user

    You did not write which Desktop Environment you are using.

    KDE reads its default settings from /etc/kde4/, so in this case you could just copy the configuration files there (same structure as ~/.kde4/).

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