Default Desktop and input method setting in Edubuntu
gmccullagh at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 13:20:15 BST 2009
On Thu, 16 Apr 2009, Elanjelian Venugopal wrote:
> Whenever I create a new user, it appears, I need to yet again set the
> everything from the desktop, to resolution, to default fonts, to input
> method. (The default language is Tamil, and SCIM is used to type in
> Tamil characters.) Typically, this takes about 5 minutes each. There
> are around 400 students in the school, and I'd need to create that
> many users.
You can be pretty certain that what happens when you make the setting is
that you are creating or modifying a file in the user's home directory. At
a guess, this is probably somewhere in .gconf or gconfd, though I don't
know gnome that well. If you can work out what change(s) are made, there
are two approaches:
a. You could automate making the same change for future users in a script.
b. You could try and set the default in /etc/gconf/ to be your chosen
settings, thereby avoiding setting per user.
Here's what I'd suggest you do first:
1. Create two new users, eg. user1, user2.
2. Login as user1. Wait 120 seconds.
3. Make one change you want.
4. From a command line run:
find ~ -mtime -2
this will tell you what files in the home directory have been modified
in the past 2 minutes.
5. Compare the resulting file(s) in user1's and user2's home dirs to see
what change was made. This might be editing a file or creating a new
6. Follow steps 2-5 for each other change, noting what file(s) get modified
Once you have this information, you can look at options (a) and (b) above.
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