I am having a problem with Gnome3 (actually, I have it set to fallback mode, or
Gnome 2). I have two displays and I need an X screen (I used
nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-settings to do this) for each screen.
However, every time I either restart X or log in, Gnome seems to
be adding the objects values under
first time I set the two separate X screens I had clock, then log
out/in, there was clock and clock1 under objects, and then log out/in
there were three, clock, clock1, clock2,.......log out/in,
............30 times....clock, clock1, clock2, ......clock 42.....!! The
same thing goes for top-panels, menu-bars, etc.)
After a while, I found out I could remove all those using the
dconf-editor, going to
/gnome/gnome-panel/layouts, removing all the
repetitions under fields objects-id-list and top-id-list and leaving
one value of each object. This is not a solution but at least allow me
to keep using Linux without so much trouble. However, the problem
persists every time I restart X or log in.
I now finally learned about "dconf" and where the user profile
settings are located (
~/.config/dconf/user) and one can use "
see the keys. In my case, I need to change/remove many keys (all those
clocksX, workspace-X, menu-bar-X, etc., where goes from 1 to 42 and
still counting) so it's really tedious and boring to be changing one by one
using "dconf write". So I found "
dconf dump", which actually allow me
to dump everything into a .txt file and edit the file really quick
dconf dump / >> dump_user.txt"). The problems? Two of them:
How do I "load" back "dump_user.txt" I edited into the user profile? (I read somewhere there was a "
dconf reload" but reload doesn't exist as a command under "dconf")
How do I stop Gnome from keep adding more objects to my desktop environment every time I log in/restart X?
NOTE: The problem doesn't occur when I set the displays to use TwinView feature (i.e., the desktop is extended/shared by both displays). However, for my case I need two separate X's.
Any help/suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
EDIT: I found a way to remove the keys permanently.
"This is possible using the dconf reset command, though it's not clear if that's a side-effect of a bug.
For a single key:
dconf reset "/path/to/the/key" Must not end with a /.
For a whole path:
dconf reset -f "/path/to/the/path/" Must end with a /."
But again (as the author of the original post said), it's a temporary patch not the solution. I have no idea why dconf (or whatever piece of software does that) keeps adding keys every time I restart X/log in.