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I did a lot of work today and enhanced the look of my Lubuntu 13.10.

I also installed a lot of packages, like Numix icon theme from their PPA, downloaded icons and changed the taskbar color, size etc.

Now I want to save that all as a backup so that, if I have any errors, I can restore my customizations.

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  • Yes, of course! See this: eggsonbread.com/2010/01/28/… You'd better back up the /etc folder as well (for your network connections, etc). – Reza Feb 9 '14 at 10:18
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    @Reza It would be a good idea to post this as an answer! – user204653 Feb 9 '14 at 10:57
  • but it only trandsfers packages :-( not the tweaks – user204653 Feb 9 '14 at 10:58
  • no it is not dupe!!! That answer does not cover, 'how to backup my tweaks like panel sixe, panel color, theme etc.' ----Mods please do something! – user204653 Feb 9 '14 at 15:48
  • There's nothing for us to do, the question is still open. – Marco Ceppi Feb 9 '14 at 19:44

OK, the setting for the installed applications are stored in the folders in your home folder that start with a dot like .config or .mozilla, etc. So If you back up and move them to a new computer, the applications work just like before. This is for example what I did with my Firefox and XFCE desktop settings when I moved to a new laptop.

There are a few more things to consider:

1-You should back up the list of installed packages as well, as explained in the link in my comment above.

2-Some of your "system" settings are not restored in the home folder, for example the network (ethernet, wifi, etc) and their passwords are stored in /etc/NetworkManager/ so you may want to back them up as well.


There's more to it than .config and such from your home dir. The login screen wallpaper is somewhere like /usr/share/lubuntu/wallpapers, and if you customized the bootloader it's yet somewhere else. I wonder how people scoop stuff up for "themes" like this one -- http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/04/windows-xp-theme-lubuntu

Is there a script or package that cooks up "themes" that could be used to back up ones wallpapers, bootloader screens, login screens, fonts, icons, etc for lubuntu? I think that is what the OP is aking.

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    Welcome to Askubuntu. Thank you for your post, however, it seems not to be a real answer. It would probably serve better as a comment. – Jacob Vlijm Apr 15 '14 at 11:01
  • You're right! Sorry ;) new here..... – ZombieThreadResserector Apr 24 '14 at 18:28
  • No problem, you can still convert it to a comment, or ask a new question. – Jacob Vlijm Apr 24 '14 at 18:29