Originally Posted by mhl
I would be inclined to add a user corresponding to your old username.
At the commandline (Konsole), su (to gain root priviliges). You will be prompted for the root password. Then adduser <oldusername>. You will be told that there is already a /home directory for <oldusername> and asked if you want to re-use this - answer 'yes'. One or two more routine questions and that's you done. Log out from your <newusername> id and login as <oldusername>. You can now remove <newusername> if you want.
i didn't get results consistent with your outline. here are my results...
root@1[gnew]# adduser ski23
Adding user `ski23'...
Adding new user `ski23' (1001) with group `users'.
The home directory `/home/ski23' already exists. Not copying from `/etc/skel'
adduser: Warning: that home directory does not belong to the user you are currently creating
Enter new UNIX password:
i stopped here w/o entering a password b/c i don't want to destroy ski23's home directory. i'm not sure what the reference to the directory not belonging to the owner means.