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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Migrate metacity custom keybindings in dconf-editor

I have been using gnome for some years now and I have an array of custom global keybindings that I have come to rely on in my workflow. I recently upgraded from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS and I see that ...
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Resolution Scaling on 4k Laptop

I've tried following directions at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI and http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/linux-hidpi-support-for-gnome-kde-xfce-cinnamon-and-firefox/ to make my Ubuntu ...
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which gsettings schema controls “show my login name in the menu bar”?

I would like to script the enabling of Ubuntu's "show my login name in the menu bar". The checkbox lives in the GUI under System Settings > User Accounts. I assume this can be scripted using ...
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custom-keybindings not found

When I tried to list the available custom keybindings using gsettings command gsettings get org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys custom-keybindings I got the error message saying, No such ...
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How does one get tab-completion in gsettings from zsh?

I notice that when using the bash shell (for example) the gsettings command has tab-completion; but when I use the Z shell (zsh) gsettings has no tab-completion. How can I enable it?
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Sort Unity Launcher icons alphabetically

I like to keep my locked Launcher applications sorted alphabetically, and I was wondering if it would be possible to write a script that sorts them, so I don't have to do it myself every time I add a ...
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Why do I only get half a desktop wallpaper?

I've created a neat little script that downloads a JPG using wgetand then sets it as the Unity desktop background with gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri ...
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What is overriding the systemwide keyboard layout settings?

I have [org.gnome.desktop.input-sources] sources=[('xkb', 'us'), ('xkb', 'hu')] in /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/99_my.gschema.overrride file. I ran glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas ...
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How does one make backups of registry key values?

I am building a kiosk mode application that needs to disable key combinations such as the following: open terminal close window minimize activate window menu I use gconftool under Ubuntu 12.04 and ...
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customize ubuntu with bash scripts - never turn the screen off [duplicate]

I'd like to disable the screen from dimming automatically. It is manually done in Settings > Brightness & Lock > Turn screen off when inactive for: Never. I want to do it with a shell ...
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Autostart with AutostartCondition

I want to run a program at a certain condition. So I have created a .desktop file and put it in /etc/xdg/autostart. the contents of the desktop file are: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application ...
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How to get a list (from shell) of Icon Themes installed?

I'm developing a simple script for change the icon theme with Unity. How could I know all the current (Ubuntu & Unity) System Icon Themes with a shell command? There are a few folders in ...
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My dconf/gsettings installation is broken. How can I fix it without Ubuntu reinstall?

I run Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS x64 in VirtualBox. After one very unfortunate misclick (reset saved state instead of load saved state) I got very annoying problem. Almost all applications (unity, synaptic, ...
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How To Set System Wide Proxy Using Shell Script

I want to make a script that sets and unsets SYSTEM WIDE proxy just as what happens through the network settings. I tried this answers gsettings part but it does not work in 14.04 Could Anyone ...
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Add a custom keybinding with gsettings in ubuntu

I can modify existing custom keybindings like this: gsettings set ...
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Upgrade to 14.04 broke gsettings

I have a cron job which runs every 30 minutes that changes the background image by running this bash script: #!/bin/bash export DISPLAY=:0 export GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf ...
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Having trouble preventing users from changing wallpaper/settings [duplicate]

I'm sort of new to linux and I'm having a problem, I'm trying to prevent users from changing the desktop wallpaper (as well as other things but that is the main one) I know this has been asked ...
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Configure gnome-shell extensions from command line

I like to run a couple of scripts to automatically install packages and do some configurations on fresh OS installs. I use gnome shell with a few extensions and was thinking of improving my scripts to ...
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Editing Gsettings unsuccesful when initiated from cron

I must have a blind spot, but I cannot find what it is. I made a small python script that removes VLC from the sound menu. It runs perfectly in any way I run it from the terminal or from a launcher ...
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How to add element to the gsettings array at the specific location (given by index)?

I want to write a script that translates devilspie's window rules into compiz' rules. Compiz settings can be changed by gsettings keys in path org.compiz.profiles.unity.plugins.place. There are three ...
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How to remove element from gsettings array in script?

Array in dbus/gsettings has a format [element1, element2, element3, ...]. Gsettings' interface allows only replacing existing array with another, so for instance, adding another item element can be ...
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How to change Gsettings via remote shell?

I need to automate desktop configuration via Puppet, virtual terminal or ssh. Unfortunately, invocation of gsettings via ssh or virtual terminal gives: gsettings set ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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 ...