November 2019 the alias skel changed – it is making a backup of your .config folder as well.

No settings are lost. Compare both folders and set the important ones back.

Doing a skel is getting the new configuration settings in from ArcoLinux.

It will overwrite your files in your home directory

Skel has been created for us – developers and betatesters.

It copy/pastes the content of the folder /etc/skel over into your home directory.

It is a quick and easy way to get the new configurations in that we need to try out before releasing it.

There can be no old code or it will stain the test.

Before we had the alias skel, we actually compared folders with the application meld.

You can do a skel once a week or once a month or never.

The updates of our new configs come in /etc/skel.

And if you do not run skel…. nothing will ever change and be updated.

As a rule we keep out of your /home directory.

After every clean install of an iso you will start with the very last configs we created anyway.


How to quickly restore your settings after a skel?

Set the computer the way you want.

Then go to your .config folder and also .local folder and just make a copy of these two.
Then do a skel.
Then compare your .config and .config copy with each other with meld.

This does not take very long and you learn the code in this manner.

Watch the video to analyze the new code coming in.

Still not clear?

Here is the Playlist of skel on Youtube