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There is this proposed solution to disable the blinking cursor in Gnome terminal. However, it no longer seems to work for Gnome 3.8. The option /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default in Gconf does not exist.

So, what is a working solution for Gnome 3.8?

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Try (in a terminal):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-blink false

As your can see the key has been moved to org.gnome.desktop.interface (via GSettings), so you can access it via dconf-editor if you prefer so.

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Hi edwin. Your solution is working. Thank you! –  Dan Sherban Jun 25 '13 at 20:42
To disable only in gnome-terminal in Gnome 3.8 and above, try: dconf write /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/profiles:/:<profile-uid>/cursor-blink-mode "'off'". The profile UID can be obtained from the profile preferences. Thanks to ArchWiki docs for the help. –  g13n 14 hours ago

Try this. To disables cursor blinking desktop-wide:Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/interface/cursor_blink --type bool false

To disable blinking just for Gnome Terminal’s Default profile:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/cursor_blink_mode --type string off


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Hi Mitch. This does not work. The cursor in the Terminal is still blinking. Furthermore, it is exactly the same approach I have referred to and also had described that it is not working with Gnome 3.8. –  Dan Sherban Jun 23 '13 at 11:29
I have changed the commands in my answer. Try it, and let me know. –  Mitch Jun 23 '13 at 11:40
Unfortunately still not working. Does it work for you? –  Dan Sherban Jun 23 '13 at 12:05

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