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Old 06-29-2007, 04:50 AM   #1
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How can I copy hidden home directory configuration files and folders?

I've copied all of the files and folders in my home directory to another computer using a USB flash drive (it took me quite a while). I then realized that I forgot to copy the configuration files. So I tried to copy them. The idea was to copy all files and folders beginning with a "." and their contents. The idea was then to be able to simply copy the contents into a new home directory to save all of my settings, my configuration, etc. , for example, if I did a fresh new installation of FC. Is this possible?

I think it's a symbolic or hard link problem. My configuration files couldn't possibly take up more than 1GB of space, could they? Or perhaps there is a 'temp' folder that stores tons of data - webpages - I don't know.

Here's what I've tried:
$ cp -r /my/home/directory/path/.[a-z]* /media/usbflashdrive
I was then going to substitute [a-z] with [A-Z], run the command again, and then again with [0-9]. I then thought to myself: "Why am I making life so complicated? Why not do the good old cut and paste thing?!". And I got a message saying that there wasn't enough room on my 1GB USB flash drive as well as some error messages.


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Old 06-29-2007, 04:51 AM   #2
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just use the -a flag to include dot files.
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du ~/.*
or even
du -h ~/.*
should give you an idea what's taking up the space.
Old 06-29-2007, 06:26 AM   #4
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Enable dotfile in Your file manager (I use mc that has it enabled by default).
The rest is easy...


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