I have a system running Ubuntu 14.04.1. I would like to set the proxy settings globally via gsettings, but unfortunately I can't seem to change anything. I run the following command as root:

gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy mode manual

When I try to retrieve the configuration, the mode is still set to 'none':

# gsettings get org.gnome.system.proxy mode

Any hints or ideas?

  • Try to restart the computer. May 10, 2016 at 8:45
  • That doesn't change anything (I've tested it).
    – watain
    May 10, 2016 at 9:20

1 Answer 1


Running gsettings only changes the settings for the user who owns the X session that $DISPLAY points to. If you use sudo that's your current user. You can see that by the file $HOME/.config/dconf/user being modified.

To change the default settings for all users create the file /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.gnome.system.proxy.gschema.override with the content


Then run

sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/
  • Running gsettings only changes the settings for root. Not on my system(s), OP's command works perfectly here. May 10, 2016 at 10:44
  • @Jacob Vlijm: The command actually doesn't change the settings for root but the settings for the user who owns the X session that $DISPLAY points to. If you use sudo that's the calling user (fixed that in my answer). It doesn't change any global settings so the settings for other users don't change. May 10, 2016 at 12:00
  • You should never change things in /usr/*. I'm almost sure there is a way do these changes in /etc/*.
    – Bachsau
    Feb 5, 2017 at 23:12
  • @Bachsau . Please could you elaborate how you would implement these changes in /etc/* ? Are you referencing creating a plain text keyfile in /etc/dconf/db/database.d/ directory, and a corresponding 'lock' file, as per wiki.gnome.org/Projects/dconf/SystemAdministrators, as I cannot get this to work askubuntu.com/questions/1038184…. – case_2501 4 May 20, 2018 at 16:32
  • @FlorianDiesch . I do not believe this will work with the quotation marks around the key value, i.e. "manual". At least it does not for me, and returns the following error when sudo glib-compile-schemas..... is run: '0-7:can not parse as value of type 'b'. Ignoring override for this key'. Removing the quotation marks resolves this issue. May 20, 2018 at 16:48

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