As per Is there a way to save a session?, I'd like to configure GNOME to automatically save my session in 11.04. However, when I type config into a terminal, I get a command not found.

Which package provides the GNOME config editor that is described in the answer to the above question?



Tool to edit otherwise unexposed gconf entries.

The GNOME gconf database is used to store preferences for applications across 
the database; however, not all of these preferences are exposed in the normal
preference dialogs. Gconf Editor allows you to easily edit these other 

To toggle from command line:

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/gnome-session/options/auto_save_session true

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/gnome-session/options/auto_save_session false

  • I love the CLI examples! May 11 '11 at 7:02

You have 3 main configuration tools in Ubuntu Natty (besides Appearance). One of them is pre-installed, and two of them you have to install yourself using Synaptic, for example.

These are: Configuration Editor (type gconf), dconf Editor (dconf-tools) and CompizConfig (compizconfig-settings-manager). Not all options in each of them are supported in Natty. Also, when you use CompizConfig, do not use things like Cube, and even for those parameters you can still use, changing them may make your Natty panel disappear -- just log off, and log in back.

As I know, the auto-save feature is not supported. The only thing you may still use the gconf editor is to choose the icons on the desktop: apps>nautilus>desktop. It is very useful as you may actually UNcheck volumes_visible, if you do not want the connected HDDs and stuff to appear on your desktop: in Natty they appear on the left panel anyway (you can change this -- see below). You may also define the opacity for your window captions: apps>gwd (make sure that Blur is on in CompizConfig).

dconf Editor: here you have your Unity desktop options. Go to desktop>unity. form-factor defines whether the launcher (when you press Win) will be full-screen or not (it is not for laptops/desktops by default, and it is full-screen by default for smaller netbook screens). Now, in desktop>unity>devices you set if you want to see you hdds, usbs and other connected stuff on the left panel. You can check out other options as well.

CompizConfig: you should be very familiar with this thing, but now not all features are supported.


I forgot to say why you may not see Configuration Editor when you press Win and type 'config'. Though Configuration Editor is pre-installed in Natty, by default it is hidden. So, when you type 'config' in the launcher it does not show up. Instead, first, type and start Main Menu, go to System Tools and check Configuration Editor. You can also check many other programs you want quick access through the launcher.

Now, when you press Win-key and type 'config' in the launcher, it should show Configuration Editor, so, you can easily start it without using the terminal.

P.S. You may have to log off/in to force the launcher update its list of applications.

  • It is probably best to put this information in your first answer and delete this one. :) May 13 '11 at 7:48

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