Questions tagged [gsettings]

Questions about using gsettings, the command-line version of dconf-editor, to read or modify the dconf database. Using gsettings, the schemas and keys of various programs can be viewed and altered. Sometimes hidden settings (that are not in the gui of a program) can be discovered this way.

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How can I always show the mouse pointer on a touchscreen laptop?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04, and when I touch the screen, the mouse pointer disappears until I use the trackpad to move it outside the current window. I'd prefer to have the pointer visible at all ...
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Update system gsettings programmatically in C++

I'm running a service that needs to update the system wide proxy settings on Ubuntu. $ gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.http host 'my.proxy.com' $ gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.http port ...
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Defaulting to or Persisting "Always on Visible Workspace"

How do I make the "Always on Visible Workspace" option persist across Suspend, login, and reboot? I use this option daily with the same few app windows. The "AoVW" option resets to ...
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Login loop: Gnome keyring.SystemPrompter exited with status 1 after recursive reset of gsettings

I was on this site looking for a solution to a segmentation fault that occurred when attempting to run gnome-control-center. I made the poor mistake of blindly following the solution posted here ...
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ubuntu 20.04 screen recorder dconf-editor vs gsettings

I am trying to use the Ubuntu 20.04 default screen recorder. I use the shortcut Ctr+Alt+Shift+R when I need to record my screen. As some may know, the default max-length is 30s for the recording. I ...
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Every keystroke in the Gnome Activities search bar opens a new terminal

I've been experiencing this weird behaviour for about a month and a half -- Every time a key is pressed within the Activities search bar of Gnome, a new Terminator tab is opened. For instance, if I ...
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Can I make my own .deb's that modify files created by other .debs?

For example, I'd like all the Ubuntu Desktops that I deploy to have some customization's to the settings found in /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/, but if i edit those files, and then do apt update &&...
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Command line switch sound settings - change Settings > Sound > Output > Configuration (HSP-HFP/A2DP Sink)

Is there a way to switch the sound settings from command line? I have the issue with my headset and multiple Bluetooth connection that it doesn't recognize which device is delivering the sound. Most ...
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How to make clicking the sidebar icon to show a quickview of all of the opened instances of the similar app? [duplicate]

In Ubuntu 20.04,is it possible to make clicking the sidebar icon to show a glance of all of the opened instances of the similar app? Is there any plugin or other OTC GNOMEish desktop manager with ...
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Why are my gnome extensions not listed in gsettings?

I want to automate my Ubuntu install and for that I also want to automatically install extensions and apply my settings. Unfortunately, if I install my extensions via the browser, I can not get my ...
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Set Gsetting proxy setting in golang

I have my golang program running as root service and I am trying to set the proxy setting using the gsettings command in my program. I am able to read these settings in my golang program using the ...
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gsettings command not affecting settings

I was trying to write a script that would enable and disable Do Not Disturb. As such, I was using the gsettings command to enable and disable notifications I used these two commands: gsettings set org....
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Custom Ubuntu 20.04 live-CD using Cubic to change favorites, enable wifi and edge scrolling

I'm trying to customize a Ubuntu 20.04 live-CD using Cubic. I have not been able to get these 3 settings to work once the live-CD has booted: change favourites on left menu panel enable WiFi enable ...
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Ubuntu 21.04 remove trash, user and drive icon from desktop?

I want to remove the trash icon, the home icon as well as the drives from my desktop. I've removed them in Ubuntu 20.04, but after updating, they were there again: I tried: gsettings set org.gnome....
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Move and remove icons in the Unity Dock

Is there an easy way to add or remove icons in the Unity Dock from the command line? I would have expected something like gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions..., but most solutions require Python ...
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Can I give filenames an opaque background on the desktop? They are hard to read against a busy wallpaper pattern

In Ubuntu 20.10, it's hard to read the names of items on my desktop when I use a busy wallpaper background image. Can I change a setting or something to make the text blocks have an opaque background?
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How to compare dconf files of two computers and intelligently merge them with `dconf dump` or `gsettings`

I have several computers running MATE desktop and I want to merge their setup (and keep them in sync afterwards). With dconf dump / I can get configuration details, but comparing the output (with meld)...
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How Can I Disable Spesific Hotkeys With GSettings in Ubuntu?

I could not find the right schema and commands to disable hotkeys in Ubuntu with gsettings. How can I disable some hotkeys? For example if I want to disable ALT+TAB what command should I use on ...
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How do gsettings interact and/or conflict with exported enviroment variables? (Ubuntu 20.04)

I am behind a corporate fire wall and have been trying to set up my proxy settings by using export in a shell script located in /etc/profile.d/proxy.sh (see, e.g., How to set system-wide proxy ...
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How to completely disable Pop_OS plugin? [duplicate]

I don't remember how I installed the Pop_OS theme on my Ubuntu, but I want to get rid of it as when I restarted my laptop after installing this it's causing malfunctioning. My settings won't open, but ...
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Command-Line Way to Make Update Notifier Check Daily

Is there a way to make the update notifier check for updates daily (like you could in Software & Updates) from the command line or by editing a file? I checked the GSettings schemas, but didn't ...
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Can we change the default mouse cursor highlight color

If we enable mouse highlight ❯ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.mouse locate-pointer true on pressing and releasing Ctrl key the mouse cursor gets highlighted. Can we change the ...
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Command to switch on/off sharing Ubuntu desktop

I'm looking for the command for switch on or off sharing from Ubuntu settings, to be able to share image, audio, or complete remote desktop control. In Ubuntu bionic, for example, default desktop, up ...
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GSettings key hi-dpi-factor not found in schema

I am almost a beginner to ubuntu. I installed a "netspeed" extension using the guide from here ubuntuhandbook. Its working fine but when I open gnome-tweaks to configure its settings, it ...
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Why is output from gsettings list-recursively slightly different when run from cron

I have run gsettings list-recursively locally from the terminal while logged into X11 on Ubuntu 20.04. Then I also configured a user-based cron job to run gsettings list-recursively from the cron and ...
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How to fetch the proxy configuration of the root and other users with GSettings cmd

I have an rpm package which runs with sudo rights, that application wants to fetch the proxy configuration of the machine (should fetch the proxy configuration of users level as well), As we know we ...
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Gnome dock icons remain after closing program

When I close a program, the program's icon on my dock will remain for a few seconds. In the included image, I've closed Terminal, but it hasn't removed the icon from my dock yet. How can I make the ...
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Define Proxy settings GNOME3

Last month I created a script I use to connect to a SOCKS proxy, when I ran the following commands - gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy mode manual gsettings set org.gnome.system.proxy.socks host ...
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Display scaling setting - difference between Gnome Tweaks and Gnome Display settings

Both gnome-tweak-tool and Display settings tools seem to offer a way to change the scaling of the display (See screenshot below), however it is not clear to me how they are related and which controls ...
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Setting Gnome extension from C shell (csh)

I want to set the enabled-extension but when I do this, it doesn't work. echo just prints to console and exec either say "File name too long" or shows me the usage for gsettings. But if I ...
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How to properly configure a dconf schema from a gschema.xml file?

Well, looking for manners of manipulate dconf keys without a GUI I realize that, only when correctly setup a dconf schema enables its key management through GSettings CLI. I also observed that ANY ...
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Modify gnome-flashback panels in ubuntu 20.04 LTS from the terminal

I have a fresh installation of 20.04 LTS, I have installed gnome-flashback with: sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback -qq After logging in in the gnome-flashback Xsession I would like to ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS UI Scale settings - using cmdline

I set up my Display Settings to scale for 200% like so: When I run some apps (e.g. some games using Steam in Full Screen) it resets this setting after I exit the app. I would like to create a shell ...
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What is the difference between always-on-top and toggle-above dconf variables on GNOME 3?

In Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with GNOME 3 org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings is the path to manipulate default window management dconf variables. Inside this path we can find always-on-top and toggle-...
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Settings not changing through gsettings command

I'm trying to customize my Ubuntu installation using gsettings but upon new changes nothing happens using the gsettings command. For example I go to the terminal and I type gsettings set org.gnome....
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Why do gsettings and dconf return different values?

According to this post, it seems like gsettings uses dconf as a backend. I would therefore expect the following commands to output the same result: $ gsettings get org.compiz.core:/org/compiz/...
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Ubuntu 20.04, classic can't drag and drop problem [duplicate]

Installed 20.04 on 4/23 and can't drag and drop. I've had this issue with previous LTS installs and fixed it by toggling "experimental views" on/off through gsettings. That's not working this time.
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What exactly do dash-to-dock intellihide and intellihide-mode dconf variables do on GNOME 3?

At least since 18.04 Bionic Beaver, maybe previously, dash-to-dock GNOME extension was defined as system default dock application and its settings are stored through dconf. One of those got me ...
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Is it possible to call script to verify gsettings element?

I want to add a script to verify gsettings value. If user set a gsetting key:value using gsettings set command, then the script will be called and check whether the set operation was sucessful. Is it ...
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How do I export my custom keyboard shortcuts as a json to use in the GNOME extension "Shortcuts"?

I tried using gsettings get on my custom keyboard shortcuts, but it came out as an .xml file. I need to get it as a .json file in order to use them with the "Shortcuts" GNOME extension (the one where ...
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Why does dconf-editor think that my schema does not exist? [closed]

Using a fairly simple schema, with a single boolean key, I have not been able to get dconf-editor to accept that the key is actually defined anywhere and when I navigate to the key from dconf-editor, ...
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Wonderwall app for wallpapers don't change wallpaper

I've read BingWall is a Bing Wallpaper App for Ubuntu (on OMG! Ubuntu!). Then I installed the software bing-wall from a snap: sudo snap install bing-wall Then this app asked me to install the ...
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Users gsettings ubuntu 18.4

I have a doubt. I currently have a script ... which I run when I finish installing Ubuntu 18. And I don't know how I can add gsettings when executing it ... here is a sample of how it starts. #!/bin/...
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sudo -u <current_user> -H gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file:///path/to/file

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04. The above command (and other gsetting command when used with sudo -u <user_name> -H) is/are showing a weird behavior.. (I'm expecting it to set the gsetting of the ...
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sudo -H -u <username> not working as expected

I'm working on a script to set some particular gsettings. If the script is being executed as user its working as expected. But, because of some reason I need my script to work with sudo. One solution ...
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Configuring network settings in Linux via gsettings/script/terminal

How do I configure network settings--like identity, IPv4 format (address, netmask, gateway, DNS), security and passwords--in Ubuntu 18.04 through a script? I couldn't find any gsettings schemas for ...
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Accidentally set 'sleep-inactive-ac-timeout' too low

My desktop is on AC power and is set to suspend after a certain amount of time. $ gsettings get org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power sleep-inactive-ac-type 'suspend' Then I ran this command: ...
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Ubuntu 19.04: The key is not writable - Drag and Drop issue/Background picture

I cannot drag and drop anything from the activities menu to the launcher/dock. I also cannot set my background picture or the lock screen picture. I tried this command in terminal and get the error ...
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How to use `gsettings set` to configure GNOME shell extension called `Log Out Button`?

I am not able to use gsettings set to configure the GNOME shell extension called Log Out Button. I had downloaded the extension's zip file from here. Thereafter, I extracted its directories and files ...
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How to use `gsettings set` to configure GNOME shell extension called Arc Menu?

I would like to change the icon image of the arc-menu found in GNOME Tweak Tool > Extensions > Arc menu > Appearance > Customize menu button appearance > Button appearance. However, I want to use ...
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