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I would like to monitor dconf for changes so that while I tinker with settings, applications and the like I can see what keys are changed, if any.

Is there a way I can accomplish this?

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If you want real-time monitoring, you could run the dconf watch command in a terminal, either to monitor a specific schema path

dconf watch /desktop/gnome/remote-access/

or the whole tree

dconf watch /

which will show a running output as you change values, e.g. toggling the 'Desktop Sharing' security preference checkbox produces

/desktop/gnome/remote-access/notify-on-connect
  false

/desktop/gnome/remote-access/notify-on-connect
  true

If you just want a list of changes, you could use dconf dump redirected to a file to create before and after snapshots that you can then compare with diff.

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