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Recent gconf-editor settings

In terminal

gconftool-2 --type int --set /desktop/gnome/thumbnail_cache/maximum_age "-1"

Cannot make setting stick. I can change the setting if the integer is a positive number but it will not resort to MINUS number

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What version of Ubuntu are you running? – Bruno Pereira Feb 13 '12 at 22:25
Ubuntu / Pinguy 11.04 – Ringtail Feb 13 '12 at 23:04
Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Welcome to Ask Ubuntu; other distributions are offtopic here, try our friends at the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange. – Jorge Castro Feb 13 '12 at 23:11
What do you mean by "other" distrubutions when Pinguy is based on Ubuntu. It is not offtopic because it effects both distros or any distros using Ubuntu as a base. To clarify ie: no questions should be asked here if it doesn't pertain to Ubuntu directly? Is that what you are saying? – Ringtail Feb 13 '12 at 23:35
this gconftool question is quite likely independent of distribution, in any event answer below is what's needed on Ubuntu – doug Feb 14 '12 at 3:43
up vote 6 down vote accepted

It's a little tricky setting negative values with gconftool, you need to prepend with --

So for your example

gconftool --set --type int  /desktop/gnome/thumbnail_cache/maximum_age -- -1
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Nope this might still not work. I suggest you to Download Dconf. Its the newer version of Gconf. See I dont know much about these. But few days back when my login sound was not working I frist tried to reset a sound value using Gconf but after logout the value were lost. After that I tried Dconf and It worked !!!

I think Gconf is for old apps and Dconf is for newer One.

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