User State Data

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Fri Feb 23 13:17:55 PST 2007

Ivan Čukić wrote:
>The program itself is divided into the library and gui for kde4 so
> easing the making of the gtk2 (or any other) port of the gui...
>There are two types of the configuration files - one for the data
> location of the resources for each application, and one containing the
> localization information for application and resource names and
> descriptions formated as an .desktop file.

Just a bit more info on the background of the application. The idea is to 
provide a response to the user request "How do I migrate my account to my 
new computer?" Currently, in KDE, we just suggest copying $HOME/.kde, but 
that also copies a lot of stuff that doesn't need copying (some caches, 
old config files no longer used, etc.), while leaving out some important 
data found in, for instance, ~/.local and ~/.config, like the menu.

The idea here would be to fire up this application, which would scan the 
user's local settings and provide him/her a list of what can be backed 
up. He'd also have the option of choosing what data he wants to back up 
(for instance, he may want to copy the desktop settings and passwords, 
but not the email cache since he's using an IMAP server anyways). He'd 
then click on a "Create Archive" button and would get a .kamion file.

By copying that file to the new workstation and opening the file, he'd be 
presented with the option of restoring the data.

This tool could be even used for creating back ups.

Now, Ivan, I didn't understand the distinction between the two types of 
configuration files. Can you give us some more info?

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