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I am using Xubuntu 14.04. I understand that when a user logins in for the first time several files in ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml are created including thunar.xml. My question is where do these basic files come from? It appears that in /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml are perhaps the base files, but these don't match what's in the user .config directory and if I change them, new users don't get the new versions by default. I'd like to know because I'm trying to change some default settings to hide network drives and mounted devices. I can easily change it in the GUI on a per user basis but I'd rather setup a default that hides these things.

Thank you

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dpkg -S thunar.xml yields:

xubuntu-default-settings: /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/thunar.xml

This is possibly the settings file that you want to change. Beware that it will be overwritten whenever you upgrade xubuntu-default-settings package.

You might want to read up on update-alternatives to operate independently.

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