Configuration Files

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  • Relevant to PCLinuxOS 2012.08 KDE. However the basics will be relevant to other PCLinuxOS editions also.

This page is intended to be a one stop source for locating various configuration files spread over your PCLinuxOS installation.

Once you know where a particular configuration file is present, it would be possible to customize the behaviour of your favourite OS to your exact taste. It will also help with advanced troubleshooting in case of errors.


Although modern PCLinuxOS offers beautiful and easy to use graphical user interface, the underlying system works using various configuration options defined in simple human readable text files. These files are located at various points of your installation.

Some of the commonly accessed configuration files are listed here according to the broad category under which it falls.

Video and X environment

xorg.conf - /etc/X11/xorg.conf

GRUB boot options

  • menu.lst - /boot/grub/menu.lst

NOTE : Unlike the convention throughout PCLinuxOS where read access is given even if modifying needs root permission, this particular file needs root password even to read. If opened as a regular user, the file will not show any text.

Startup options

  • rc.local - /etc/rc.d/rc.local

This script will be executed *after* all the other init scripts. You can put your own initialization stuff in here if you don't want to do the full Sys V style init stuff.

File system mounting

  • fstab - /etc/fstab

The fstab file typically lists all available disks and disk partitions, and indicates how they are to be initialized or otherwise integrated into the overall system's file system. fstab is still used for basic system configuration, notably of a system's main hard drive and startup file system, but for other uses has been superseded in recent years by automatic mounting.