Clear the desktop settings on a stand alone Edubuntu Client

Charles Austin ceaustin at
Thu Apr 10 14:08:57 BST 2008

On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 7:50 AM, Charles Austin <ceaustin at> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Rod G <rodcis87 at> wrote:
>  > Hi everyone,
>  >
>  > I am somewhat familiar with Pessulus, but I am not sure it would do what I
>  > need it to do.  I want to set up one pc with Edubuntu on it at a public
>  > library in the childrens area.  But I want it to clear any changes to the
>  > desktop and bring it back up for the next patron to use...once it has been
>  > rebooted and/or cleared.  Is there a way to do this without going to the
>  > Thin Client options within Edubuntu?
>  >
>  I have not tried this, but it should be possible on a standalone
>  machine.  If you add a line to the /etc/rc.local file, you can remove
>  all the contents of the home directory (and any saved desktop
>  changes).
>  Just add
>  rm -rf /home/whateverUser
>  (where whateverUser is the username of your default login).
>  Any time the machine is rebooted, the home directory will be deleted,
>  and then SHOULD be re-created based on the contents of your /etc/skel
>  file.
Correction to that line in /etc/rc.local
rm -rf /home/whaeverUser/*

>  Charles

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