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The question is similar to How do I turn on workspaces? (Why do I only have one workspace in 13.04?), but I'd like a command-like solution instead of the graphical one.

The reason is that I'd like to put all my settings in a script and run it when I install a new system.

I'd appreciate a gsettings-based solution, since I'm already doing some stuff with gsettings:

# window buttons on the right
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ':minimize,maximize,close'
# window theme
apt-get install gnome-themes-ubuntu
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme 'New Wave'
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Your answer is right there in that question; the second answer. I'll go edit that answer now to include the command to actually set it. So: possible duplicate of How do I turn on workspaces? (Why do I only have one workspace in 13.04?) –  Alaa Ali Jul 21 '13 at 13:01
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