I'm using Ubuntu 16 LTS and I've installed dconf-editor to change the cursor size from 24 to 32. When I change the setting it is applied immediately and I can see the difference in size. However, when I reboot the size has reset to 24 (ie the default). I have tried multiple times now.

How can I make dconf-editor changes persistent for reboot?

This question was asked on this site over 3 years ago by someone else, but it was not answered. I did mv ~/.config/dconf/ ~/.config/dconf.bak to rule out corruption.


This post sounds similar to your issue (and with an apparent resolution).

In short, editing com/canonical/unity/interface/cursor-scale-factor in dconf-editor appears to persist cursor size.

  • Thanks, that worked. I guess there are some settings that are just not persistent. – Jay Dec 16 '17 at 23:16
  • This doesn't work in Bionic 18.04 LTS because that path is no longer available. Instead, there's a similar setting in accessibility: Settings > Universal access > Cursor size > Medium – Jay Feb 19 '18 at 4:03

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