I've recently had some problems when I tried to install the latest gnome-shell and then revert back to the stable version. After I purged all the PPAs that I was using and reinstalled gnome-shell and everything, I found that things still weren't working quite right.
I found somewhere online (obviously a reputable source) that deleting my dconf config files from
~/.cache/dconf/ and then rebooting would help. While that did reset all my gnome-shell settings back to initial (like I wanted), I discovered another problem in that I could not change any settings on my system, via
System Settings, or
dconf-editor. I would receive an error message of :
WARNING **: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name ca.desrt.dconf was not provided by any .service files
After much googling and fiddling, I was able to figure out that I could change settings if I ran
/usr/lib/d-conf/dconf-service & and then changed all my settings while it was running.
I have two questions:
Would anyone know why something like this would happen (and is there anything I can do to fix it?
Is it terrible to add
/usr/lib/d-conf/dconf-service/ to my startup applications so I'm able to change settings while using my computer day-to-day? This is really just a workaround, but I want to know if it's safe.