stupid, stupid me
i'm starting to get a hang of this linux thang now, and, rather arrogantly confident of my abilities, i tried to write a script to automagically grab files from a smartmedia reader and copy and delete the files from the card. it did exactly what i asked, except.... one little typo and i managed to rm -rf my / directory. i hit ctrl-c in a panic before i nuked my /home dirs, but the damage was already done to /bin, /usr, etc. so i sucked it up and reinstalled redhat (don't tell me if there's another way to fix it, it's too late, that'll just make me cry to know i could've saved everything without a reinstall) and am starting to rebuild everything. however, one question --
when i reinstalled, i added the same users as before. however, since the directories already exist, when i try to log into X, it gives me errors about being unable to write to to some xml files in the user's .gconf directory and whatnot. is it safe to delete this directory/files so that X can rebuild them (if that's how it works)? in other words, how do i create a user for a home dir that already has all of the user's settings (bookmarks, application settings, the whole gamut)? thanks.