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Old 02-23-2006, 06:02 PM   #1
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Gnome: root desktop applied to user desktop


I'm a newbie to Linux so please pardon my lack of experience.
I'm currently using Fedora Core 4 with Gnome.
I setup my desktop theme, icons, desklets, panels, etc. the way I want them under my root account. I want these same settings to apply to my regular user account but I don't want to have to manually configure them again when I sign-in under my regular user account. So, my question is: is there a way to do this? A way to setup my desktop theme, icons, desklets, panels, etc. under my root account and have it apply to my regular user account?

Thank you for your time,

Old 02-24-2006, 01:36 PM   #2
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I can think of one reasonably straightforward way, which however might be really undesirable.

But before I present it, I want to discourage you from running gnome as root--I really don't think there is a good reason to do so, using su and/or sudo will give you 90% of what you need, and with a little time you will stop needing the last 10%. I won't go into a long explanation of why it's undesirable (which is my favorite euphemism for `utterly braindamaged') to run gnome as root, but suffice it to say that it's really desirable to do as little as possible as root, for your own good.

Anyways, onto my suggested solution: find the relevant config files (typically in either .gconfd, .gconfd2, .gnome, or .gnome2), and make one user's files (and/or folders) links (using ln, making them either symbolic or hard) to the other user's. However, I have the feeling that it's really a ticking bomb just waiting to blow up at you with horrible, horrible consequences. One issue is that a non-root user can do stuff to the root user's data, but I can't predict which horrible consequences will follow.

hth --Jonas


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