[kde-linux] restoring from backup in Konqueror (and Firefox on KDE)

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sat Mar 29 09:56:56 UTC 2008

Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Thursday 27 March 2008, david wrote:
>> Dale wrote:
>>> When I copy user generated files, I always use the -a option since it
>>> retains all file settings including permission, ownership, group etc
>>> etc.  You may want to check who owns the files and what group owns
>>> them.  I suspect one or both of those has changed.
>> I just moved my wife's /home folder from her dying PCLinuxOS laptop to
>> her new KUbuntu laptop - just tarred up the folder, untarred it onto her
>> laptop, ran chown to reset the ownerships - and everything came over
>> just fine. Mail (Thunderbird), Firefox, Konqueror, some (not all)
>> OpenOffice settings, desktop preferences and links, wallpaper, Kopete
>> settings, etc.
> In my experience using tar is enough, i.e. the ownership is correctly set to 
> the user running the extraction.

I do the chown routine because while her user NAME on the two systems 
was the same, her UID and GIDs (the numbers) weren't. The first attempt 
(without chowning things) was a failure - her UID on the new system 
couldn't do anything with the untarred files that belonged to her UID 
from the old system.

Silly Linux distros - can't even agree on whether the very first 
non-root numeric UID should be 500 or 1000! ;-)

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