I am really curios to learn about these 3 since I don't really understand how they work. I read somewhere that gconf-editor is basically the graphical representation of gconf however what is gconf-2 for?

Also, before I installed gconf-editor, I pressed Alt-F2 and tried to open gconf but it wouldn't open. What happens in the system if you click on gconf or gconf-2 as opposed to gconf editor?

Thank you very much!

  • GConf is a configuration database system for storing application preferences. It supports default or mandatory settings set by the administrator, and changes to the database are instantly applied to all running applications.

  • gconf2 (not gconf-2) is a binary package (I guess that 2 was meant to be used first for GNOME2 and was not change for GNOME3)

  • GConf-Editor is a tool used for editing the GConf configuration database.

Note that gconf is now obsolete and has been replaced in recent releases by dconf.

Visit Gconf, Dconf, Gsettings and the relationship between them for further details.

  • Also worthy to note that currently dconf is the succesor of gconf and that gconf is being fased out. So if it is not in gconf or does not work as expected also check dconf. – Rinzwind Apr 24 '14 at 12:31
  • @Rinzwind: Good idea, I've updated my answer and added a link to a relevant post. – Sylvain Pineau Apr 24 '14 at 12:36

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