Rename user - file/dir ownership?

ben darby ben at
Tue Nov 21 09:43:54 UTC 2006

* Johan Ramm-Ericson wrote:
> Yes, but... if you are using this in a desktop login environment there
> will be all kinds of references to the old user name in the Gnome (I'm
> guessing in KDE as well though it's ages since I ran KDE actively)
> configuration files (see the files in ~/.gconf , ~/.gconfd, ~/.gnome ,
> ~/.gnome2, ~/.gnome2_private , etc). Also, Mozilla & Firefox will contain
> references to the old user name in the ~/.mozilla structure. I'm sure
> other applications will behave in similar ways. Many of these references
> will be paths to filenames so one way to work around that is by:
> ln -s /home/newname /home/oldname
> after the steps Erik mentioned have been executed. That probably will not
> solve all problems but should get you around the most irritating ones.
> Sorry, I can't be more precise than that but this should lead you in the
> right direction...

although in theory there may be references but in practice i'm unable to
produce any errors or unusual behaviour by copying all my dot files to
a new user im getting exactly the same behaviour from all my apps + DE
(firefox + GNOME included. however there really isnt any need to change
the home directory unless your wanting to use it for another user with
the same name.

ben darby 
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