[arch-general] How to safe configs to another path than ~

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Jul 26 05:51:41 EDT 2013

On Fri, 2013-07-26 at 18:08 +1200, Ross Hamblin wrote:
> Unless I have missed something I think one of the audio
> session-managers should help you on the audio side, not so sure about
> other apps though.
> Jack-session and ladish work well for me unless I have misunderstood.
> Non-session is also popular although I have not tried that myself yet.


I've doubts that session managers are that comfortable as a script is. I
might be mistaken.

I'm starting sessions by a script. I don't like to use jack dbus.
Do those session managers really take care about the configurations in
~? AFAIK they automatically add changes I make during a session, even if
I make those changes only temporarily or by mistake. When I tested
ladish I was to stupid to use it without a learning curve and I don't
want to add something complicated to my sessions, I also won't something
to add that does need resources, CPU and/or RAM. Following the Linux
audio users mailing list I read a lot of whining about unsupported
applications, somebody lost a production, because he used jack-session
in a wrong way. So IIUC session managers aren't neither safe to use, nor
able to handle all applications.

I don't want additional GUI stuff on the Desktop, I already avoid to use
even qjackctl and for sure I won't be forced to use patchage or
something similar confusingly. There should be as less Windows as
possible. Several apps should be automatically startet in a terminal
emulation, a script can do this, are session managers able to do this
too? This unfortunately is important, since I never run an audio session
were there wasn't the need to troubleshoot.

Some audio apps are able to take care about the configurations (the user
can save and restore them giving a path), others e.g. Qtractor don't and
for some apps it's even hard to find the configuration files in ~.

I don't need something to start the applications, a script can do this
very good, I also don't need something to load songs, samples etc., this
also can be done by a script, I just miss a way to find all hidden
config files in ~ and to safe them to a path were I store the

My workaround is to save and restore ~ nearly completely, sure, without
touching e.g. emails.

It also would be nice, even if it's not that important, if I could use
another configuration profile even for e.g. xfce4-terminal for audio


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