Re: Won't Save Preferences
I think that it might be the program doesn't have the correct permissions to edit the config files, but I don't know this for a fact and I don't know how to fix it.
You don't specify which preferences dialog, i guess it may be them all (hideous). Your guess at file permissions may well be right. Look into the man pages for 'chmod' 'chown' and 'chgrp'. You may have to give yourself group inclusion for the group designation for any root programs concerned and make sure it's set for r/w. Some group name like 'staff' or 'users'. You can set those using 'linuxconfig'. Also, some programs will want you to create a dot file in your home directory that it can use to hold personal settings, thoug most i know of will create them for you. Check your /etc/X11/app-defaults directory for anything happening there to overide your own choices. Including any other system wide overides. Good candidates there would be /etc/<directory> /usr/share/lib/<directory>
If your using a wm with session management enabled that could also be your problem.
Stuff like that is a pain for sure, some times though, the problem can be so simple it can successfully remain out of view for a long time. Making it not so simple.
I would first look at the permissions possibility, which will involve cmds such as
chown name <path/file_name>
chgrp name <path/file_name>
chmod 777 <path/file_name> (for non root programs only ofcourse, 777 is extravegent). Other possibles would be 755, 750, 664 (for files), others.
Basically 4 == read, 2 == write, and 1 == executable, which are just added to gether to allow for that permission. The columns relate to
chmod owner group world <path/file_name>
Hope thats all it turns out to be.