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Old 12-29-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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KDE backup settings for a fresh KDE deployment


Is there a way to back up, in its entirety, the KDE Desktop settings?
Or, are there only certain aspects of KDE that one can backup?

For example, I'm running a Linux distribution with KDE. Then I get another computer using Linux and KDE. Is there a way to transfer all settings such as:
- wallpaper
- the Main panel
- extra panels
- programs on panels (applets)
- Kontact
- screensaver settings and my default screensaver.

I tried looking for a basic web site that just answered those simple backup questions. I even checked the KDE website but was unable to find anything. At, I did a search for backup settings.

Have a safe and happy New Year's!

Old 12-30-2007, 02:38 AM   #2
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Kbackup allows you to choose what to backup and what to restore. Check it out here:
Old 01-03-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Disappointing -- from:
KBackup is an easy-to-use backup package for Unix. It was originally writen by Karsten Balluder. Currently, it's development has stagnated, and several fixes are needed.
but make up your own mind:

I think the quick answer is that your custom settings are in ~/.kde/share & you can back that up any way you want. One would hope that it would be then easy to copy these settings to a fresh install. If both computers in mentioned your OP are running the same ver. of KDE, then I believe this would would work.

If, OTOH, you want to transfer your carefully customized desktop including panels from, say, KDE 3.3.2 to 3.5.3, then I believe you may run afoul of changes in KDE's configuration structure.

I think what you are looking for is a KDE-configuration specific application that can intelligently transfer settings between different versions. AFAIK this does not exist & I would love to be wrong about this.
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Thanks for your help and those links!



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