I've been trying to make my own custom xubuntu-based distro. I thought I understood how to import settings and features and repackage using remastersys, but apparently not. One of the features involves removing the xfce4-panel and replacing it with cairo-dock(with my own theme), but with each ISO it keeps asking me to how I want to configure xfce4-panel and forgets about auto-starting cairo-dock.

Also when I do manually start cairo-dock it doesn’t have the theme i designed selected by default. I made sure I selected my user-name when configuring remastersys, as well as copying over the files/directories from my home directory to /etc/skel/. I even later moved my user-space over to /etc/skel/, but to no avail. Anybody know how what I'm doing wrong?


I encountered the problem you had, and I found the solution.

Your personal menu settings is stored in :


and your personal panel settings is stored in :


And the system-wide settings are stored in the locations below :

/etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/menus/xfce-applications.menu (menu)
/etc/xdg/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml (panel)

So if you want to reflect your personal customization in system-wide setting for remastering, you just need to type these two commands from the terminal.

sudo cp ~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/menus/
sudo cp ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml /etc/xdg/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/

However, in your setting, this should remove the panel, but I'm not sure about cairo-dock.

Hope this helps to some extent.

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