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What are the differences between gconf and dconf?

I've read a lot of discussion about a new Ubuntu configuration tool: gconf is replaced by dconf. Why is this change being made? Why is there so much debate about it? Is it too difficult to create a ...
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How do I use the gconf editor?

I see some answers where people post to set a key in the gconf-editor, however there is no entry for gconf-editor in my menu. How do I run it and how do I use it to set keys that people recommend?
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When to use gconf vs dconf?

Both gconf and dconf editors are available. Given the change to dconf should we still be using gconf at all? Do changes in gconf actually do anything when running 11.10?
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Gconf, Dconf, Gsettings and the relationship between them

I'm trying to understand how Gconf, Dconf and Gsettings works and what the relationship is between them. All I know is: Gconf - XML based database (backend system). The older one. Dconf - BLOB ...
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What is the relationship between .gconf, .gnome2, .cache, .local, and other dot-file hierarchies in my home directory?

According to this answer, .local .cache and .config are, by convention, configuration storage locations adopted by Gnome and Ubuntu. Are .gnome .gnome2 and .gconf therefore legacy configuration ...
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Can I make mailto: links open up in gmail instead of evolution?

mailto: links fire up annoying "Evolution Setup Assistant". I want it to open a compose window in gmail in my web browser. There are existing questions about this here, but the answers are outdated ...
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What Terminal command will dump all Gconf keys and values? ie the ones seen in gconf-editor

I can output a single key-value, as per the following example: gconftool-2 --get /apps/panel/applets/clock_screen0/object_type bonobo-applet How can I dump the entire gconf database? ... ...
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How to open ssh://username@hostname link

I want to open link like "ssh://username@hostname" with ssh. I think xdg-open can help me(xdg-open ssh://username@hostname), but I don't know how. How can i do it?
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Two gedit plugins clash. How to change shortcut keys, or enable/disable a plugin

Gedit has two plugins from Gnome's Gedit Plugins page which I both particularly want... Multi-edit Control Your Tabs However they both vie for the same shortcut keys: Ctrl+PageUp and ...
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How to set nautilus to --no-desktop via gconf

I need to set --no-desktop via gconf for nautilus, I use OpenBox. I used to just set it like this # Disable Nautilus desktop. gconftool-2 -s -t bool /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false ...
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Where can I get a list of SCHEMA / PATH / KEY to use with gsettings?

After doing some research, I found that I can quickly set configuration options using the gsettings command in the terminal, instead of installing dconf-editor or gconf-editor or CCSM. But we need ...
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Switch from path bar to location bar permanently in Nautilus

As most of you know, you can switch between the visual location entry, and the text based one in Nautilus, by hitting Ctrl+L. When I tried to set this value permanently in gconf-editor, it doesn't ...
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Does Ubuntu have the equivalent of a registry, especially for desktop GUI items?

I've seen several references to 'Compiz Config' and a 'gnome config' application that seems to not be installed by default. Where do these config applications store their data? Is there a registry ...
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Accidentally clicked “don't show this message again” - how to reactivate?

When Gnome 3.2 told me, there are wireless networks available, I accidentally clicked "don't show this message again". How can I reactivate this message?
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Can't run Vidalia due to an AppArmor policy error

I installed Vidalia , and added a user to debian-tor group. But when I run it , it gets me error: $ vidalia (process:5691): GConf-WARNING **: Client failed to connect to the D-BUS daemon: An ...
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Wallpaper in each workspace and right-click problem

I wanna set 4 different wallpapers in my 4 workspaces by setting in CCMS (wallpaper plugin). It just only work if show_desktop (gconf-editor->apps/nautilus/preference) is unchecked. But after that I ...
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Can I use dconf-editor to modify Gconf settings?

Can I get "dconf-editor" to show as much information as "gconf-editor" did in 11.04? I find using the gconf version much easier and has better application integration. I have both installed. Are ...
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How to read default key value with dconf or gsettings?

I would like to know the default value of a dconf/gsettings key. My question is a followup of the question below: Where can I get a list of SCHEMA / PATH / KEY to use with gsettings? What I'm trying ...
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Error in a gconf .entries file breaks my package manager

I probably was out of my mind , i tried editing the /usr/share/gconf/defaults/05_panel-default-setup.entries file by hand , i messed up and finally whenever i try to install/remove anything i ...
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Why do I have to enter my password twice when changing proxy settings?

When I change the proxy settings and apply them system-wide, I always have to enter my super-user password, as anyone could expect. However, I have to do that twice : once for "proxy settings" and ...
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How do I edit the autosave interval of gedit?

Can you people tell me how to edit gedit, please? I want to change the autosave feature so that it saves every 1 second, I was able to investigate further that I needed gconf-editor so I installed it ...
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What does the /apps/indicator-sound/volume_mute GConf key do?

What does the /apps/indicator-sound/volume_mute GConf key do?
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Why do I get unmet dependencies installing spotify on 12.10?

I followed the instructions to install spotify as on various forums & sites, pretty much the same steps everywhere. But when I get to the install spotify line, this is what happens: The following ...
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How do I change the window theme using bash?

In Ubuntu 12.04, how will I be able to set the gnome window theme with a bash command? This no longer works (it used to in the previous releases) gconftool-2 --set --type string ...
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gconf for lubuntu?

Does gconf have any affect on lubuntu-desktop config? Or does the "g" in "gconf" mean "GNOME", meaning that it's GNOME-only? Or am I missing something? Reason I'm asking is because I made an edit in ...
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Configuration server problem after changing /tmp mountpoint: how to solve?

I created a new partition on my hard drive because my /tmp partition was too small. I changed the mountpoint in /etc/fstab and rebooted. Every time I reboot, I get the following error message at the ...
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Gconf-editor missing gnome-system-tools from tree

I am trying to to enable the /apps/gnome-system-tools/users/show_all flag that is supposed to be in gconf-editor. According to the Ubuntu community documentation, and many google searches, the key I ...
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How do I hide a specific volume from the desktop, but keep all others?

I find the icons that show up when I plug a flash drive useful, as much as SD cards and devices. However, the icon to my Windows partition is useless. How can I hide it?
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How to start dconf and gconf in a non-Gnome environment?

I am running Openbox without any DE. And I also use some Qt apps such as VLC, Virtualbox and Skype. However, they require some gconf / dconf settings to be set. For instance to set the correct icon ...
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gconf-editor like tool for kde

I use some KDE apps ( Eg: konsole.) on a gnome-shell session, and I can't always get to the settings menu (due to global-menu malfunctions). So, I wanted another way of editing kde app settings ...
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How to make changes in gconf-editor permanent

Every time I open my computer, I need to manually unset the value of button_layout in gconf-editor in /apps/metacity/general to make to the close, minimize and maximize buttons on the right side of ...
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How do I adjust my window buttons to the left or right?

I'm trying to use gconf-editor to make an adjustment to my Windows. In the past I had the close,min,max to the "RIGHT". Now I'd like to switch back to the "LEFT". The old way doesn't seem to be ...
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Disable Dash Home Shortcut in 12.04 [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox on a MacBook. The current shortcut for the dash home launcher is the Command key (Super). I'm trying to disable it. First, this option is not present in the ...
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Dual monitor wrong screen focus during drag-and-drop [closed]

I have a dual monitor set-up which is helpful when designing or programming. Usually I'll have both screens used with full size windows. My left monitor I guess would be the main monitor since it has ...
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Keyboard shortcuts not working after removing Shutter

I installed Shutter then removed it, and now Print Screen and Alt+Print Screen shortcuts are no longer triggering screenshots with gnome-screenshot. How do I restore this setting?
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Permanent custom keyboard shortcuts for Evince (Document Viewer)

I am using the Ubuntu document viever Evince. Lately, I found out how to add custom keyboard shortcuts for the program. I was searching for a way to add a shortcut e.g. for View / Best fit (also ...
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gconf-editor settings not being saved

Recent gconf-editor settings In terminal gconftool-2 --type int --set /desktop/gnome/thumbnail_cache/maximum_age "-1" Cannot make setting stick. I can change the setting if the integer is a ...
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How do I configure the gnome panel from a script?

I can easily set the number of workspaces and the workspace names with the gconftool-2, as follows: gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces 4 gconftool-2 --type string ...
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How can I enable all installed Gnome Shell Extensions? [duplicate]

I need this, because sometimes the Gnome Shell "forgot" all my extensions configurations after a normal reboot/shutdown. And I'don't want reinstall entire system because this. So I want a script or ...
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How do i set the values of a List key through gconftool-2?

I want to change the values of a gconf list key through the terminal, i'm not sure how to do it though. gconftool-2 --type list the/key/to/modify but then i don't know how to put the values since ...
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Change hotkeys/shortcut keys for volume control [closed]

I need to change the hotkeys for volume control, since I suffer from a bug, which disallows me to use the standard function hotkeys of my notebook. Since I have updated I to Oneiric, I am not able to ...
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Could someone please explain to me the difference between gconf, gconf-2 and gconf-editor?

I am really curios to learn about these 3 since I don't really understand how they work. I read somewhere that gconf-editor is basically the graphical representation of gconf however what is gconf-2 ...
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Change wallpaper via ssh

I have a server running 12.04 32bit. I would like to change the wallpaper via an ssh connection. I tried the following command, but it didn't change the wallpaper. The command works if I am on the ...
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advanced permissions check boxes in nautilus missing

I can't get the advanced permissions to show in nautilus. I checked the box /apps/nautilus/preferences/show-advanced-permissions in the configuration editor and it didn't change in nautilus. I'm still ...
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txmt URL Handler for Chromium does not work

I used the instructions in the answer to this question but it won't open when I click those links in my browser. I can go to terminal, and type xdg-open and then paste the txmt link, and it will work, ...
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Set default mode in gcalctool

I often use gcalctool, to quickly convert a number between "binary/hex/decimal". For this I find the "Programming" mode of gcalctool useful. I can select this using "Mode → Programming" from the ...
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which files does gconf-editor edit?

I want to change my gnome-terminal hotkey settings. I came across gconf-editor which enables me to customize exactly the things I need. However I need to know in which file these changes are made. ...
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reverting from emacs keybindings in chrome

I enabled emacs keybindings as an experiment using gconftool-2 and setting /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme to Emacs. I wasn't happy with it and set it back to Default. jeff@london:~ $ ...
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how to remove my computer icon, home folder, and trash bin from desktop

In a previous version of Ubuntu, I used gconf-editor to add icons to the desktop, but now gconf looks confusing. How can I remove the My Computer, Home Folder, and Trash icons from my desktop?
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Gnome Tweak Tool editable via bash/python?

Is there a way to access the variables to edit via bash (or other libraries with bash or python)? Similar to how you can use 'gconftool-2' in bash to edit properties that would update them after ...