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How the OS reads config files

  Date: Dec 06    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 455

I just reinstalled my os because of some problems I had when I mounted my old
8.04 /home partition. I just noticed that there are some odd things going on
with my new setup. For one, Terminal on this laptop is transparent to the screen
under it so I can type in the code of commands that I see. However, in my new
install - it goes straight to the desktop like my old setup did.

And then there is the fact that my screen was automatically set to the right
resolution - something that has not ever happened on all previous installs.

When I installed my os I created a new /home partition and then mounted my old
/home under /data. Did or can the OS read my old config files from there? I have
my xorg file there for my screen so I would have the information to setup the
screen again - is why I ask.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Dec 06    

Did you install a newer version of Ubuntu?

I have never had to specify the resolution for my screen, an LG L1953T, and it
has always defaulted to the proper value, 1280 by 1024. I've used it on two
different computers, with two versions of Ubuntu (Gutsy and Jaunty) as well as a
few other distros which I have run from a LiveCD or USB flash drive. Both
computers have Nvidia video cards.

I would be astonished if Linux sought out config files on /data.

Answer #2    Answered On: Dec 06    

you can move the dot folders to your new home folder and it will
read them.
But as far as I'm aware it will not read them from your old partition
under /data.

Answer #3    Answered On: Dec 06    

Well, you're right.. it wasnt reading the file but my system was acting
weird. I wiped everything out and have been starting over and its
working better.

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