Questions about using gsettings, the command-line version of dconf-editor, to read or modify the dconf database. Using gsettings, the schemas and keys of various programs can be viewed and altered. Sometimes hidden settings (that are not in the gui of a program) can be discovered this way.

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How can run a gsettings command inside a postinst script from a custom .deb package?

I want to change the wallpaper when a custom .deb package is installed. In the postinst script I've written this: PID=$(pgrep gnome-session) export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$(grep -z ...
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What does “gsettings get com.ubuntu.update-manager launch-time 1382579402” mean?

When I run gsettings get com.ubuntu.update-manager launch-time the response is 1382579402. What does the value of 1382579402 mean?
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How to add a key to an empty schema? [closed]

I would like to automate setting some settings, specifically add some keyboard shortcuts to ~/.config/dconf/user. Here is how it looks in dconf-editor: Now gsettings (or dconf) can list the ...
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What determines what is present in gsettings?

I'm on Xubuntu 13.10. I ran this command: $ gsettings list-recursively > ~/Desktop/gset.txt I see a lot of stuff unrelated to Xubuntu. For example: com.canonical.Unity.Lenses always-search ...
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How to dump all the manully altered gsettings keys?

The dconf Editor indicate the keys whose values have been altered by the user by changing the key's font to bold as shown in the snapshot. So I wonder if there is a way to dump all the keys ...
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Set desktop background from command line over ssh

I am attempting to set my desktop background from the command line in ubuntu 12.04. I am able to do this from the terminal on the actual machine as described here. gsettings set ...
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Disabling gedit backup files (filename~ tilde)

How can I get the following command to change for the root user as well? gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.editor create-backup-copy false This command should disable gedit backup files. ...
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Shouldn't dconf-editor and gsettings access the same database?

This is a basically 'academic' question --- to try to understand better the configuration system innards. I understand that the dconf system is the new configuration system in gnome3 that has ...
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How to temporarily disable Xfce monitor power off via bash

I have set up my monitor to go off after some minutes of inactivity, but when watching an internet stream in a browser this is unwanted, thus I'd like to have bash command that to disable (and later ...
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Installing Shell themes via command line

I can't figure out how to install a new gnome-shell theme in a bash script. I'm unzipping the .zip to ~/.local/share/themes and gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.user-theme name 'theme' but ...
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How do I reset all GSettings key to their default values?

I want to reset all keys in the GSettings to their default values; preferably using a single command, or a simple bash script. How can I get that done?
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Problem with setting wallpaper using gsettings

I used gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri 'file://PathToImage' to set an image as a wallpaper as suggested in this answer. This does not do the job properly. For today's bing ...
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Wicd network manager tray icon not showing ubuntu 13.10 unity 7.1.2

After successfully installing wicd in ubuntu 13.10 saucy salamander which was a real chore. I now am curious to know if wicd network manager supports a tray icon and if so how do I edit the gsettings ...
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How to change Login-Screen Background on 13.10 [duplicate]

I tried it with gsettings and was able to deactivate the grid and disable the user backgrounds. But changing the background didn't work, now there's no background shown. The background-picture is in ...
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Change gsettings for other (all) users remotelly

I configure several Ubuntu 12.04/13.10 computers remotely using cfengine3. I am wondering how I can add an item to the Launcher for all users. I am aware that I need to set ...
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Help, broken Gsettings

I was trying to disable the global menu as per http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2013/07/disable-global-menu-on-ubuntu-13-10-saucy/#comment-8612, but while it didn't change anything, after running ...
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How can I read GSettings values from a filesystem backup?

I have a complete filesystem backup from an old Ubuntu installation. I'd like to retrieve some data from it that was stored via GSettings, e.g. my old GNOME Terminal color selections or the commands ...
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Any setup to version control ALL ubuntu settings?

Just now, I had to google for the third time in my life on how to disable that thing in Ubuntu, where you hold the super key and a help window pops up. Granted, there was a few months in between, but ...
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gsettings not working over ssh [duplicate]

I'm trying to change Unity Launcher icons on a remote computer with command: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites ... and it works perfectly But when I do ssh 127.0.0.1 gsettings ...
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How to use gsettings when there is no schema listed

I'm wanting to write a script to reorder the loading of compiz modules, so while using the Unity desktop, expo and scale are loaded last and the set hotcorners in those plugins, will remain active ...
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How to run `gsettings set` in chroot? [duplicate]

I ran the following command in chroot environment without X: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.applications screen-reader-enabled true I get the following error message: (process:8290): WARNING ...
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How to make unity-greeter the same as desktop background?

I wanted to change the background for my login screen some time ago. So I followed the steps here: How do I change the wallpaper in LightDM? But now I to set it back so that unity-greeter will have ...
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Is there a way to fetch a gtk app's gsettings values?

For example, I have Devhelp installed. According to the source code, Devhelp creates a gsettings id called org.gnome.devhelp.fonts, I would like to know if it's possible to read the value for ...
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Enabling Compiz Pugin using gsettings

I am in the process of developing my first compiz plug-in and have run across some basic problems during installations. A responder on the compiz forums suggested I begin by modifying an existing ...
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gtk-key-theme Emacs: what keystroke is for select-all?

I prefer emacs keystrokes, but select-all doesn't seem to be part of the emacs vocabulary, or at least, the gtk-key-theme for emacs. M-w isn't working to copy the selected region. What's the ...
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Manage Custom Shortcuts

I have a bunch of customs shortcuts: But since the migration to the new configuration tool gnome-control-center keyboard (since gtk-3/Gnome-3/Unity/Ubuntu 12.04) I can not sort these shortcuts ...
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How can I enable/disable Dash online results programmatically?

How can I change this setting from a Bash script? My plan is to enable it only on certain network connections.
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How can I get Summary and Description of Schema using gsettings

I prefer to use gsettings over dconf-editor because dconf-editor lacks of command-line options to go to a schema directly (eg. I have to do "org - click - gnome -click - settings-daemon - click - ...
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Change Unity's indicator messages envelope color from blue

How can I change the "You've got mail" messaging indicator envelope color? Is there a setting similar to as in allowing any indicators?
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change gsettings without running X and Unity

I am trying to change some gconf settings in Ubuntu 12.10. I would like to change the lightdm greeter background. I have discovered that while logged in to unity as a user while running X server, I ...
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Gsettings not updating correctly

On the very latest 12.10, if I automate a background image change using gsettings, although the command executes with success, the image is "stuck" on the old one. If I open the appearance system ...
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Can commercial applications use Gsettings?

According to specified technical requirements, a commercial application must be self‑contained in a single directory (which I agree is a good requirement), and use ~/.config/<app-name> for its ...
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How can I install a Gsettings Schema without root privileges?

The typical workflow to install a Gsettings Schema is this: Create a schema, with the extension .gschema.xml, with contents like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> ...
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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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Compiz Configuration with Gsettings for Focus policy

It is to my understanding that there are methods to learn of Compiz configuration with regard to its focus policy as followings. ( Perhaps there are more, but I have yet to discovered. ) ...
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compiz-plugins schemas not found with gsettings

I have installed the extra plugins (compiz-plugins) for CompizConfig Settings Manager (compizconfig-settings-manager) and am trying to change these settings from the command line using gsettings. The ...
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Gsettings and dconf

Hello I need to set a hotkey in ubuntu 12.10, I use: gsettings(dconf) gsettings set ...
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Are dconf schema names case-sensitive?

I have found an example of a schema that is referred two in two different ways, differing only in case, which is confusing to me. Gsettings sees the schema name as com.canonical.Unity.Launcher, and ...
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What is pxgsettings?

Today I opened System monitor to kill an app and found three enigmatic entries labelled pxgsettings and four sh entries. See image below: Does anyone have a clue what these are? EDIT Today (2 days ...
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gsettings and anacron

I wrote a script to change my desktop background. I want this script to run on anacron because I often turn my computer off at night. I've tested parts of the script, and I think the problem is with ...
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gsettings key not listed in dconf

I wonder why in my beta of 12.10. the gsettings key com.canonical.indicator.session is not listed in dconf-editor. I can switch the value via gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session ...
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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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Array manipulation in gsettings' set command

Is there an easy way to do array manipulation in gsettings? I am comparing gsettings to OS X's defaults command that offers the defaults domain --array key overwrite-value and defaults domain ...
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Updating wallpaper with smooth transitions

I'd like to write a program which displays dynamically-generated slideshows on the desktop, replacing the wallpaper. The point is to display live photo-streams from the web, updating the wallpaper ...
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How can I change the HUD key from the command line?

I know I can change the HUD shortcut key by going into System Settings... > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Launchers > Key to show the HUD. I need to do this from the command line, so I can put it in a ...
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How to run “gsettings” command inside a kickstart file?

I want to create an unattended installation cd of Ubuntu 12.04 with several customizations. I've written a kickstart file to do so, and it works perfectly. (I know that preseed technology exists, but ...
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Error accessing Gio.Gsettings on application made in quickly

I am trying to develop an application using the quickly/pygtk stack. I got my Gsettings schemas all set up in ~/app-name-here/data/glib-2.0/schemas/net.launchpad.app-name-here.gschema.xml correctly ...
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How to use gsettings from /opt

I have to use gsettings from /opt so that ubuntu maintainers will accept my application. I may not use /usr or any of the underlying directories so /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas is not an option.
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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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Editing gsettings; add icon to launcher by command

Although there are several posts on the Internet on the subject, I did not find a solution yet: my goal is to find a command that adds an icon (.desktop file) to the Unity launcher and shows it ...