I'm pretty new to bash and only 6 months into Ubuntu so please bear with me.

I'm creating a post installation script https://github.com/jjdemitriUk/relutionDev written in bash. The reason I have everything separated into functions is because I have more than one machine that uses Ubuntu and this is a script that allows me to modularize what I want to install on a particular unit like my laptop gets a dev pack home comp gets media and common post install.

I've got to the setting function and I understand there are two ways of changing the settings.

  1. Back up your original preinstall & copy over post install... not working on this yet
  2. Run a simple command from the terminal such as gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true

In the terminal I type

 gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true

And the real name appears in the panel :)

Put it in a function

function homeSettings(){
   echo "Changing Settings";
   gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true;
   echo "Setting Changed";

and when run from terminal

./relutionDev homeSettings

I get terminal output of the echoes so I know its being called but no change of settings. I've been banging my head against a wall to no avail. I've looked at other questions with close relation to mine regarding changing wallpaper and cron jobs but mine isn't a wallpaper or a cron job. Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

  • @OP The link is dead. Did you move the script? I was going to try it out on my docker envs. Ive been using devcontainers for development, and this sounds like it would save me some time.
    – Nate T
    Sep 6, 2021 at 3:49

1 Answer 1


You're running your installation script with sudo but gsettings are a per user configuration system. that's why you're no seeing any change.

Try without sudo (as a normal user) and it should work.

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