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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Changes via Gio.Settings don't take effect

As the title suggests, I am trying to alter gsettings via python's Gio module on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ( a user over at Unix & Linux site said the script bellow works on Arch, so it may be Ubuntu-...
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I can't put icons on Ubuntu 16.04 gnome-fallback desktop

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 Gnome, but using Gnome-fallback (metacity). I can't drag and drop icons from the application pull-down menu, but when I copied my backup from my external hard drive, which ...
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gsettings or dconf value list for a key

I want to list all the values available for the screensaver: dconf list /org/cinnamon/desktop/screensaver/ | grep matrix
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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 a very annoying problem. Almost all applications (unity, synaptic,...
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How to alter touchpad settings on Ubuntu GNOME 16.04?

After upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have found that if I tap my touchpad it clicks which is something I do not want due to a faulty touchpad, previously I was able to disable this ...
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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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gsettings: no change after configuring settings

I have a system running Ubuntu 14.04.1. I would like to set the proxy settings globally via gsettings, but unfortunately I can't seem to change anything. I run the following command as root: ...
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Scripting dconf changes

I've written a simple script for our Ubuntu machines at college which sets some dconf overrides to set the theme, background etc. However I cannot seem to get it to correctly set the login screen ...
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How to fix a broken gsettings setting without gnome-session?

Using Gnome on 16.04 I slipped up on the command line and killed Gnome. It now won't start - just goes back to gdm! How can I restore the setting? I've tried using gsettings from the command line on ...
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How to **really** empty dconf com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites?

I want to completely, unconditionally remove all icons from Unity Launcher, so that no icons are ever displayed there. For that, I found out that dconf setting with the key of com.canonical.Unity....
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How to permanentaly unlock partitions from launcher in 16.04

I tried to unlock partitions from launcher, but it keeps appearing after every reboot. Is there any good way to permanently remove partitions from launcher? This is happening only on Ubuntu 16.04
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Automate unity launcher icon ordering

I have written an install script which automates my install process. Afterwards I would like it to rearrange/add/remove the icons to the unity launcher. Using dconf watch / I can see output as I ...
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gsettings - change privacy settings via command line

I know how to change privacy settings via GUI (System Settings > Security & Privacy), but I'd like to be able to do it from command line. What I did to find out I ran the command: dconf watch /...
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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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How do I display X keyboard layout?

In Ubuntu 14.04, I am switching keyboard layouts with X: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.keyboard active false setxkbmap -layout "us,ru" -option "grp:ctrl_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll,...
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Why doesn't gsettings work in tmux?

I'm trying to change various dconf settings with gsettings. For some reason, it only works when I'm not in tmux. I can read settings within tmux, but setting them fails silently - it appears to work, ...
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gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background not working

I am trying to download a daily picture and set it as my background image with: #!/bin/bash # clear cache PICS="/home/pvlkmrv/Pictures" rm -f ${PICS}/wall.jpg rm -f ${PICS}/photo-of-the-day # ...
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Background not changing using gsettings from cron

I'm trying to change my wallpaper to a random image using Indrajith Indraprastham's suggested script here: How to change desktop background from command line in Unity? When I run the script from a ...
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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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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 change gnome-terminal profile preferences using dconf or gsettings?

After upgrading form Ubuntu 14.10 to 15.10, it seems that changing gnome-terminal preferences using gconftool-2 is no longer supported. I guess this issue is related the Gconf to GSettings migration. ...
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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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Adding a partition (device) back to the launcher

I am new to Ubuntu and I unknowingly removed the shortcut to the drives and partitions from the launcher as it was totally cluttered initially. But now I'm having trouble accessing files and folders ...
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Editing Gsettings from Cron via script doesn't work

So, I'm trying to change my theme from a light to a dark version in the evening, and vica versa in the morning. However, Gsettings doesn't work from Cron, and the solutions posted here and here don't ...
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More than 12 custom key bindings in Ubuntu Mate

Using gsettings or dconf-editor, one may set 12 general purpose keys to arbitrary commands in Ubuntu Mate 14 (in the schema org.mate.Marco.global-keybindings, keys run-command-1 through run-command-12)...
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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 image,...
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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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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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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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Add a custom keybinding with gsettings in ubuntu

I can modify existing custom keybindings like this: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys.custom-keybinding:/org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/media-keys/custom-keybindings/...
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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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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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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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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 file:///home/myname/...
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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 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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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 org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/...
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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 Name=...
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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 /usr/...
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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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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 org.gnome.desktop....
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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 wpdir="/home/username/...
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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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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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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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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 ['...