I want to change my gnome-terminal hotkey settings. I came across gconf-editor which enables me to customize exactly the things I need. However I need to know in which file these changes are made.

The gconf-path is apps/gnome-terminal/keybindings/ I found the file ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/keybindigs. But there are only two hotkeys listet.

Where are the rest of these settings stored?


According to the gconf-editor man page

GConf-Editor is a tool used for editing the GConf configuration
database. It might be useful when the proper configuration utility for
some software provides no way of changing some option.


This tool allows you to directly edit your configuration database.
This is not the recommended way of setting desktop preferences. Use
this tool at your own risk.

Also look at the answers in Gconf, Dconf, Gsettings and the relationship between them for an overview on gconf, dconf, and gsettings.

To find which files are modified (edited) when you make your changes, you can use the find command.

find ~/ -mmin -5 -type f

will find all files in your home modified in the last five minutes. You can reduce the time find takes by excluding certain folders:

find ~/ ! -path "*mozilla*" ! -path "*cache*" -mmin -5 -type f

Will exclude ~/.mozilla and ~/.cache from being searched.

To give an example, I used gsettings to modify whether FileChooser shows hidden files and folders:

$ gsettings get org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden
$ gsettings set org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden true
$ gsettings get org.gtk.Settings.FileChooser show-hidden

I then ran find and saw that ~/.config/dconf/user was modified. That file is a binary:

$ file user
user: data

In other words, you can't open it and see what's inside as you would open a text file or even a xml file.

I don't have gconf-editor or dconf-editor installed but you can use the same find command to find which file has been modified when you make your modifications and then use file to figure out whether you can see what that file contains (without using a hex editor).

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