I am creating an install script. I would like to know how to disable the recent files appearing in the unity dash. I can disable them manually via

settings -> security & privacy -> files and applications -> record file and application usage

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Found out how to do this with nearly any setting. In terminal type;

dconf watch /

Make a change in the settings GUI. When I toggled record file and application usage I saw the following output to terminal;


Then use gsettings in terminal to change this setting

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.privacy remember-recent-files false
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    You might have to add the command to startup applications. They tend to not survive a restart sometimes. Feb 2, 2016 at 23:39

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