I deleted the contents of /etc/skel because I wanted to get rid of some custom theming that was in there. How do I repopulate it? I ran sudo pacman -S plasma but it is still empty.

Yes, I know they are hidden files. I set Dolphin to display hidden files, but there is still nothing in there, because I manually deleted everything.

My end goal is to get default Plasma theming...

System: Arch with Plasma Desktop

  • Is there anything specific to plasma in /etc/skel? On my Arch, I have files provided by core/bash, community/mksh and extra/screen packages. I have plasma-desktop installed, but that has added nothing to /etc/skel.
    – terdon
    Apr 28, 2023 at 14:09
  • @terdon you are right. There is nothing Plasma-related in skel. My bad.
    – shmu
    Apr 29, 2023 at 18:36
  • In any case, you should be able to get the defaults back by deleting any plasma related dot files from your home did or frome ~/.config. Have you checked those? Try renaming them.
    – terdon
    Apr 29, 2023 at 18:41
  • I tried that and it didn't work. I started a new thread: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/744523/…
    – shmu
    Apr 30, 2023 at 7:14

1 Answer 1


You can repopulate the files from the /etc/skel directory by reinstalling all packages that contain the directory:

sudo pacman -S $(pacman -Qoq /etc/skel)

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