How can I change this setting from a Bash script?

System Settings ▸ Privacy ▸ Search Results ▸ When searching in the Dash: Include online search results

My plan is to enable it only on certain network connections.

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You can use dconf-editor to change this setting. It's under:

com -> canonical -> unity -> lenses  

and is called remote-content-search. As far as I know there are only two options none and all. When set to all the slider is set to "On" in system settings and when it is set to none the slider is at the "Off" position.

You can change this via the terminal using gsettings.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses remote-content-search all  

Will turn it on while:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses remote-content-search none

will set it to "Off".

Gsettings comes by default in Ubuntu and you can install dconf with:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools  

You don't need dconf to use gsettings.


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