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Chapter�9.�KDE the Multiuser Desktop

About Your KDE Account

KDE stores information about your personal settings in a few different places:

  • The hidden directory .kde (note the period at the beginning), located in your home directory, contains a large number of files that store KDE settings. Some subdirectories you may find useful are:.kde/share/config, which contains configuration files for individual applications; .kde/Autostart, which contains links to applications which should start each time you start KDE; and .kde/share/apps/kabc, where your address book is stored.

  • The environment variables KDEDIR and KDEDIRS tell KDE where its files are stored. You will usually only need to set KDEDIR to the directory in which KDE is installed, but sometimes you might have other KDE programs installed elsewhere: in this case, you can use the KDEDIRS environment variable. Set KDEDIRS to a list of all the directories containing KDE programs, separated by commas. For example, if you have KDE programs in both /usr/local/kde and /home/phil/kde, you can use export KDEDIR=/usr/local/kde,/home/phil/kde if you use bash or setenv KDEDIR=/usr/local/kde,/home/phil/kde if you use sh.

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