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I'm interested in playing with AWN and Docky, but have spent quite a bit of time getting my current layout (using native gnome panels) in a usable state. Is there any way to save the layout (i.e. which panels I have, what launchers - including custom - are on them, etc.) to a file so that if I end up not liking either AWN or Docky I can restore my original native settings without redoing it all manually?

I'm running Maverick.

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The gnome panel configuration is stored at ~/.gconf/apps/panel, you just need to backup it up.

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Thanks. Do I need to back up ~/.gconf/desktop/* as well? – EmmyS Nov 4 '10 at 21:03
Not for panel changes, desktop contains other settings like the desktop background, etc. You can explore the conf settings using gconf editor, from the terminal run: gconf-editor. – João Pinto Nov 4 '10 at 21:06

There is a great script to do just that! Check out this link:

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