When using gnome-control-center, it shows only a few icons, like this:

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I am using i3 and I am calling gnome-settings-daemon on start. Should I start any other daemons?

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Invoke gnome-control-center from the terminal like so:

$ env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME gnome-control-center

This would launch it the traditional way. And you will be able to navigate through the various settings.


You should start unity-settings-daemon instead of gnome-settings-daemon.

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    That didn't fix my issue. I do have unity-settings-daemon running (I can see it with ps aux) but gnome-control-center starts with the same few items ("Backups" instead of "Firewall Configuration" in my case, all others the same). Nov 27, 2017 at 17:49

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