I noticed that on first usage of byobu, the utility created the ~/.byobu directory and pre-populate it with various configuration files.

Where do these files came from, though? I'd like to customize them so that any new invocation of byobu use a set of files we have pre-created (and managed via SaltStack).

In other words, I want to customize the "skeleton" files for byobu.

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If I have to guess, they are the files in /usr/share/byobu. This directory has subdirectories with names matching the names of the files in ~/.byoby.

You can list the files that byobu has installed on your system using:

dpkg-query -L byobu

Alternatively, unless you've done an apt-get clean, the byobu package will still be in /var/cache/apt/archives.

dpkg-deb -c /var/cache/apt/archives/byobu*.deb

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