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Profile Manager

The Xfce4-profile-manager can be used to configure, apply, import and export 'settings-profiles'. These profiles contain settings of different applications across the spectrum of the xfce desktop.


Xfce can be quite complicated to configure. There are nearly endless possibilities, but this can mean a problem to new users. Especially if you want to configure xfce for a specific task, it can be difficult to configure xfce for a specific task.

The profile-manager allows users to share their settings, export profiles and re-use them on different systems. Also, distributions can provide profiles specifically tailored for specific use-cases. Like a 'thin' profile that disables all the fancy resource-intensive settings, and a 'fat' profile that has all the pretty gui-stuff people love these days.


Settings dictionary

Settings are not always easy to understand. For example: '{xfwm4}/general/use_compositing' is not something a user would come up with himself if he wants to enable or disable the compositing feature of xfce. To solve this problem, the profile-manager needs some sort of settings-dictionary. A dictionary that maps '{xfwm4}/general/use_compositing' to and from a user-friendly name 'Enable window compositing'.

Backup / Restore

One of the main problems that users experience with xfce is that somehow they changed settings without realizing it. With the nr 1 example, the session. It happens quite often that people have saved their session without a running xfce4-panel. Explaining to a user how to return xfce to the desired state proves difficult, it would be nice if users can save a backup of their settings, and restore if they choose to.