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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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 com.canonical.Unity....
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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 org....
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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"?> <schemalist>...
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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 ...
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Gsettings and dconf

Hello I need to set a hotkey in ubuntu 12.10, I use: gsettings(dconf) gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys.custom-keybinding:/org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/media-keys/...
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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 suppress-...
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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 --array-...
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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 ...
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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 /apps/metacity/...
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Panel notifcation - how can i update gsettings to add 'skype'

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist shows ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Mumble', 'Wine', 'hp-systray', 'scp-dbus-service'] How can I make it be ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Mumble', '...
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“rm” doesn't accept internal command as a paramter

Why doesn't this work? rm $(gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri | awk '{gsub("file://","");print $0}') rm: cannot remove `\'/home/foggy/obrazky/wallpapers/24/...
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How to remove 'system settings' from title bar of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I want to remove System settings, Displays, software up to Date from the unity bar (title bar) of the new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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Ubuntu 11.10 resets to default settings after reboot

I upgraded to kernel 3.2 last night. Now: Gnome 3 resets to default after reboot and/or log out. Cannot change theme, font, etc through gnome tweak tool. cannot add any keyboard shortcuts that ...
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Where are the dconf profiles?

The dconf System Administrator Guide says that "dconf stores its profiles in text files in /etc/dconf/profile/" but on my 11.10 Ubuntu laptop, there is no /etc/dconf directory. Have profiles been ...
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How can I install gsettings schema via a gnome shell extension?

I started to write my own Gnome Shell Extensions and can't find any answer to this question -> is there any way, how to install gsettings schema on machine just via extension code (e.g. not copying ...
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Command to change Gnome 3 setting system-wide (for all users)?

I´m looking for a command to set / change Gnome 3 parameter for all users. Gsettings works fine but only for one user.
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How can I make the battery icon appear in my gnome-3 panel only when charging or discharging?

I am using ubuntu 11.10. There was an option for the same in 11.04. I found a suggestion listed here. Unfortunately, it does'nt work. $ GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.power-...
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Why Gsettings isn't enough to reset my nautilus settings?

I'm trying to narrow down a bug (to eventually report it or give up if it'll turn out that resetting a simple setting will be enough to get rid of it) I noticed that with a brand new user the bug ...
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How to show spreedX client ApplicationIndicator?

For my job I require the use of the spreedX client which allows me to share my desktop when using the Spreed web conferencing environment (www.spreed.com). In pre-Unity Ubuntu versions, this ...
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How to use 'dh_installgsettings'?

My app use systay. I know I should use gsettings to set the 'systray-whitelist' key. Now I would like to package my app. After I googled, I guess dh_installgsettings can help me. So I put a file ...
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How can I change default settings for new users?

Every key in the DConf database has a default value that is used when user accounts are created. How can I change these default values?
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How to set gtk-style and background in GDM3

I'm triyng to set a different GTk-theme and background for GDM3 (using ubuntu 11.04 and GNOME3 PPA). As far As I have seen, the GTK-theme used by gdm is exactly the one stored into Gsettings > org....
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Creating Ubuntu Live CD with customized Unity launcher

I would like to create a custom Ubuntu image based on Natty using Ubuntu Customization Kit. I also want to customize the icons appearing on the Unity Launcher. I can change the icons on my desktop ...
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Selecting classic mode on login still shows Launcher

I was running Unity in Natty when I tried to activate the Rotate and Cube effects. That broke Unity and I had to restore the Unity original configuration by invoking gsettings reset com.canonical....
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One line command for adding new items to com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist

This is more of a how to use command line instruction question more than how to add items to the Unity notification panel. I have to have a one line CLI to add a new item to com.canonical.Unity.Panel ...
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What is dconf, what is its function, and how do I use it?

Mark Shuttleworth recently blogged about the decision to include the Qt libraries in the 11.10 release, with a followup from Jono Bacon. Mark states that the biggest challenge to integrating apps ...
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Graphical editor for GSettings/dconf?

Is there an equivalent to gconf-editor for GSettings/dconf? I know that I can use gsettings set ... on the command line, but that's a bit inconvenient (especially with list types).