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The gconf value /apps/gnome-screensaver/embedded_keyboard_enable in Oneiric no longer works obviously. Is there a way to show virtual keyboard in gnome-screensaver 3.x? Does similar dconf value exist? It makes unlocking the screen without the keyboard on tablets impossible.

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+50 gives details of how to enable the embedded keyboard for a locked screen including the gsettings values

Any tablet-type screen keyboard must compy with the XEmbed specification.

Fortunately the standard onboard keyboard is XEmbed compliant - you need to pass the --xid parameter (type onboard --help for parameters you can pass to onboard)


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-enabled true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-command "onboard --xid"

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The gnome-screensaver was updated to use the new GSettings APIs instead of GConf. You can look through the list of options stored in GSettings by running gsettings list-recursively | less from a terminal, or by using the dconf-editor application.

The settings for gnome-screensaver have moved to the org.gnome.desktop.screensaver schema:

evan@caron:~$ gsettings list-recursively | grep org.gnome.desktop.screensaver
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-command ''
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-enabled false
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver idle-activation-enabled true
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver lock-delay uint32 0
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver lock-enabled true
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver logout-command ''
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver logout-delay uint32 7200
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver logout-enabled false
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver status-message-enabled true
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver user-switch-enabled true

So you can run gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-enabled true to enable the onscreen keyboard. You may also need to change the embedded-keyboard-command key.

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Thanks a lot :) Unfortunately, it didn't make keyboard work. But it was very useful information anyway and I'd rather split the bounty but I can't. – int_ua Nov 15 '11 at 22:19

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