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Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?

Submitted by dkg on Mon 18 Jun 2007

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Never  <-> 68% 438 votes
A few small changes  <-> 26% 169 votes
Heavy modifications  <-> 4% 31 votes
Total 638 votes

 

 

 

Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by Anonymous (72.254.xx.xx) on Mon 18 Jun 2007 at 23:54
I always have to uncomment this alias:

alias ll="ls -l"

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by Arthur (66.28.xx.xx) on Tue 19 Jun 2007 at 06:39
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An HP-UX fan, eh? :-)

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by redbeard (64.218.xx.xx) on Thu 28 Jun 2007 at 14:31
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Not necessarily... I've never used HP-UX and yet I've used ll (usually set up as an alias) for as long as I've been using Unix/Linux (SunOS and Solaris in the early 90s in college and Linux since).

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by GhostR (217.237.xx.xx) on Thu 21 Jun 2007 at 18:38
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Same here, also custom aliases are getting added and some .profiles .plans and other stuff is getting changed/added, nothing big tough. On some multiuser machines also html dirs and webconfigs

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by kaerast (77.97.xx.xx) on Tue 19 Jun 2007 at 10:43
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I don't believe anything should be in skel, users should create their own config files if they want to change any settings. Default settings should be in /etc and (mostly) overrideable by creating config files in the /home/$user directory.

Therefore the only time I modify /etc/skel on new machines is to make life easier, eg. I'll add a public_html directory so that new users know where to put their files. Possibly also an access.log file so they don't get scared when it gets automatically created.

On one multiuser system I have an account on, there are more changes made to /etc/skel. There's a link to documentation, .signature is created with a link to the system's website, and .irssi/config is created to list local irc server and channel .

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by Anonymous (83.157.xx.xx) on Tue 26 Jun 2007 at 21:36
I usually uncomment the necessary to get contextual completion working.


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Remy

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Re: Do you modify /etc/skel on new machines?
Posted by mking213 (198.170.xx.xx) on Thu 28 Jun 2007 at 22:01
When I know users need certain things in their .bash_profile or .bashrc (path, export variables, etc...) I change them in /etc/skel so when I do create a new user I dont have to change those files every time.

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