Vectorbie Station => Vectorbie Questions => Topic started by: Maniqui on June 20, 2007, 09:44:43 pm

Title: questions about SKEL
Post by: Maniqui on June 20, 2007, 09:44:43 pm

I have run the SKEL option in VASM (I have read what is it for in the VASM but I did't find it very clear).
Yes, I know it resets some configuration files. It's like a way back machine, and I'm not sure if I like where it takes you.
Some changes I noticed:
- it changes the mouse cursors... to a black old-fashioned kit that isn't available in the mouse configuration before running SKEL.
- I think it also changes the xterminal... it put "bash-3.1$", and if i'm not wrong, that's different from what the "standard-post-clean-install" shows.

I'm pretty ignorant about VL and Linux. :D

So, if anyone can share some light about SKEL and when/how to use it, I think all newbies like me will benefit ;).

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: questions about SKEL
Post by: lagagnon on June 21, 2007, 07:45:10 am
In order to setup standard user configuration files there is a directory called /etc/skel. Whenever a new user is created ALL the directories and files from /etc/skel are copied into the new user's home directory and the correct file permissions are set. SKEL allows you to choose which config files you want to copy over. You should only choose those relevant files/directories.

I have not noticed such changes you describe. It seems to me that should not occur. When I get some time over the next few days I will do some testing and see if I can duplicate it. Do you remember exactly what you did? Did you choose ALL the options in SKEL?
Title: Re: questions about SKEL
Post by: urbanvoodoo on July 30, 2007, 02:18:46 pm
i was having the same problem so i made a test account to see what was wrong (couldn't bear to configure my account over and over)

basically it goes like this. When the account was made it looked like this:

After a few config changes it looked like this (not really necessary):

And once we run skel, we get this:

so i checked the /etc/skel folder through thunar(root) and it turns out that all files and folders are set to the following permissions:

owner : root
Access : read/write

group : root
Access : none

others : none

I changed these to:

owner : root
Access : read/write

group : root
Access : read only

others : read only

and then skel worked. these permissions have to applied to every file and folder so its best to use the apply recursively option when the dialog box pops up.
Title: Re: questions about SKEL
Post by: Joe1962 on July 30, 2007, 03:27:02 pm
urbanvoodoo: please reduce your images before posting, or link to them on an outside site. It's not nice to dialup users and even those on slower DSL connections.

EDIT: I find that 512 x 384 pixels is a good balance, unless you need to post several images. Also, often the default compression ratio makes larger files than necessary.
Title: Re: questions about SKEL
Post by: urbanvoodoo on July 31, 2007, 01:26:06 am
sorry, was in a bit of a hurry and i couldn't figure out how to resize images in gqview. Had to do a scale and crop in gimp.

back to the problem though, this doesn't restore the cursor settings for some reason, but that can be done through Desktop Menu -> Settings -> Mouse Settings