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remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by betazoid » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:54 pm

Hi,

I love the MX tools. I remastered my live system and made a snapshot of it (I chose "distro mode" in order to not include any home directories). Then I checked if the ISO is functional in a virtual machine. It is. I noticed, however, that the changes that I made to the appearance of the DE were not applied - XFCE went back to the original MX 18 look.
How can I create an ISO/snapshot where the changes in the DE's appearance are included? Is it only possible by including the user resp. home directory?
BTW: I am trying to create an MX spin for photographers which includes all important photography apps and has Cinnamon, Gnome or Budgie as DE since they have integrated color management.

Thanks in advance for the help
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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by manyroads » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:08 pm

You either need to update the etc/skel folder with settings from your home (to assume the thematic layout you want) or preserve the home folders )preserving personal settings).
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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by fehlix » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:09 pm

betazoid wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:54 pm
however, that the changes that I made to the appearance of the DE were not applied - XFCE went back to the original MX 18 look.
How can I create an ISO/snapshot where the changes in the DE's appearance are included? Is it only possible by including the user resp. home directory?
The defaults for new users, which includes appearance are stored with /etc/skel and applied when creating new users.
So you might store/copy those additional setting from an existing user to /etc/skel.
And to check it is working create a new user to see all your changes are applied.
And now do a distro- snappshot (best after remaster).
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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by dolphin_oracle » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:11 pm

most of the user oriented dekstop settings, like theme, icon set, etc..., are stored in files contained in ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/ files.

Those files are usually reset by snapshot to our defaults.

However,

if you copy the files containing the settings you wish to keep from your home folder to /etc/skel/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/, then those will be used as the defaults for new users on snapshots, including the "demo" user.


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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by fehlix » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:29 pm

to add: Double check that no reference to the existings user's name or user's home directory is found in any file including any hidden file you copied over to /etc/skel from an existing user.
IIRC, @manyroads can tell you how to hunt for those hidden show stopper. :happy:
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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by Stevo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:09 pm

For your other desktop environments, you'll also have to find where their desktop settings are stored in your /home, then copy those over into /etc/skel. Otherwise, you'll get the generic Debian version of the desktop.

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Re: remastering and DE appearance (themes)

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Post by betazoid » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:03 am

Thank you very much for the answers. I am going to try it.

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