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Linux Mint - Gnome Shell with dual monitor switch main screen

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T420 with Linux Mint 12 and gnome-shell on it. Its a Intel HD 3000 Graphics card in there. When I'm at home, I have another Screen plugged in (19" 4:3) and everything works ...
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How do I add eclipse to my gnome shell favorites?

I run gnome shell 3.6 and Eclipse 4.2. I installed Eclipse manually, in my /opt directory, because the Ubuntu package for Eclipse is very outdated. I've created a .desktop file for it, and placed in ...
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How do I tell what program is asking for a password?

I'm getting an occasional "Authentication request" dialog from Gnome, and I don't know what program is asking or even which account it's talking about. [email redacted] is an email address of mine, ...
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How can I use Adwaita Dark for all applications in Gnome 3?

I noticed that some applications use the Adwaita Dark theme, while others use the light one. Is there a way to make all applications use the Dark one?
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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

I just added and modified a .desktop file in my /home/user/.local/share/applications folder. Is there any way to refresh the icon and caption in the list of applications without logging out?
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How can I connect to Gnome 3 with a Windows VNC client?

I used to be able to connect to my Gnome 3 desktop from a Windows machine with a VNC client. But after an upgrade (on the Linux side) a while ago, it quit working. When I attempt to connect, all I ...
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What happens when I press “Shut Down” from the GUI?

I have been banging my head against this for quite a while now. It's related to this question. I would like to find out exactly what happens when I choose to shut down my Linux box from the GUI. This ...
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How to save a GNOME 3 session

GNOME 2 allows one to either save the session automatically or manually (i.e. save the session as it looks right now). This is a nice feature because it restores the various desktop states between ...
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In GNOME 3, how does one assign keyboard shortcuts for applications besides the default applications?

In GNOME 3, there's a facility to assign keyboard shortcuts for applications like your default browser, default email client, default terminal etc. How do I do this for other applications?
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How do I browse for available gsettings options?

There are certain gsettings keys that can have multiple values (e.g. a key like verbosity could be assigned to one error, info, or debug). I want to be able to list them, but my dconf-editor (0.7.3) ...
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Default applications (GNOME 3)

I'm trying to associate a custom application to a file type in GNOME 3 (FC15). In GNOME 2 one could go in the "Open with" pane of the file properties dialog and add a custom command there. The custom ...
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How to override the Gnome 3 SSH handler?

I would like to be able to click on SSH links that look like ssh://user@servername and have a gnome-terminal open that runs SSH inside of it. After reading up on the XDG stuff I did the following: I ...
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How can I add an application to the GNOME window manager?

The GNOME on-board documentation covers only the things anyone can easily guess. I have an application for that I can only start from the command line. Not that I mind using a terminal but ... ...
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Wallpaper stretching over multiple monitors on Fedora 19 (Gnome 3)

I'm running Fedora 19 (gnome-shell --version says it's GNOME Shell 3.8.4). I have a dual monitor setup (two 1440 x 900), and I want to be able to stretch my wallpaper over the two monitors, like I did ...
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GNOME 3 Ctrl+Alt+D (show desktop)

I recently upgraded my system to GNOME 3. In previous versions of GNOME, the key combination Ctrl+Alt+D would hide all open windows and show the Desktop. This shortcut was eliminated from GNOME 3 ...
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Is there a way to adjust the formatting of the date/time in the GNOME 3 login screen and desktop?

I'm specifically looking to change the formatting in two places: On the desktop, the date/time reads "Sat 21:05". I would like it to read "23-Jul-11 21:05" or "23 Jul 11 21:05". In other words, I ...
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Printing problem with ArchLinux and Gnome 3.14 and cups service

Sice a few days (I suspect since I have upgraded to gnome 3.14) on ArchLinux I can't print anymore. If I open the printing panel of gnome control center I get a message like (it's translated from ...
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Will switching from Gnome to LXDE improve battery life?

I currently have Fedora 14 and the battery life is not so good. I am planning to switch to Fedora 16. Will I get significantly more battery life if I go for the LXDE spin instead of GNOME?
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Can I prevent “Disable touchpad while typing” from affecting mouse movements?

When I click my name in the upper right, then click "System Settings", then "Mouse and Touchpad", and then "Disable touchpad while typing" it affects my mouse movements. I have to wait two seconds ...
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where is log file of Gnome 3?

I've just installed gnome3 on openSUSE 11.4 following these instructions but when from kdm I try to load gnome3, it just shows me a page saying that it cannot load and it doesn't give me any further ...
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How can I save/restore window positions when I undock/dock my laptop?

I have a laptop with a docking station that has a large monitor connected to it. When the laptop is docked, I use the monitor as my primary display, and the laptop screen as a secondary display. ...
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My default browser is set to Firefox but links open with Chromium

I'm using Linux Mint Debian edition and I have set Firefox as my default browser in my settings. But HTTP links in other apps like hotot and pidgin open with Chromium! Why is this happening is there ...
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How can I improve battery life in Fedora 15?

I am seeing a horrible battery life with Fedora 15 (lovelock) with Gnome Shell 3 on my laptop. I keep the screen brightness, back light pretty low. I still get about 1 hr 50 minutes battery life out ...
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What is a good way to get inverted colors for most text-display purposes?

My monitor is not the best in the world and I find reading black on white unpleasant. Where I could (gedit, terminal) I changed the colour to something more relaxing for me - like the Kobalt scheme in ...
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How can I disable the user list login screen in Gnome 3 on Fedora 16 or 17?

Our login screen requirements include a warning / disclaimer and a basic login, showing just a username and password field. Sadly, Gnome 3 seems to be ignoring the ...
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How do I disable the left-(meta|windows) key binding in gnome-shell

I changed the keybinding to Show the activities overview in the panel System Settings / Keyboard / Shortcuts to Shift-ESC, but the left-meta or left-windows key is still bringing it up. How do I ...
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Where is the “About Gnome” dialog in gnome-shell?

I'm used to Gnome 2 in Debian and Fedora. But recently I've been using Gnome 3 and Gnome-shell (3.0.2). Today I noticed I wasn't able to find the About Gnome dialog. It's been helpful in the past ...
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Why ``gvfsd-metadata`` process is hogging 100% of a single core for a long time

Today gvfsd-metadata process was running for a whole day hogging 100% of a single core of my CPU. Is there any reason for it to do it?
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My laptop cannot adjust brightness

I have a problem adjusting my laptop's brightness. This is a hardware problem but I can solve it with ccsm, but other programs do not work for me, e.g., xgamma, etc. Now I am running Fedora 15 and ...
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How can I remove the window padding on GTK3 apps in Awesome-WM?

I use awesome in a tiling mode for almost all my desktops. Since the advent of client side decorations in GTK3 some common Gnome project apps have taken to giving themselves a generous amount of ...
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How to make gdm3 start X installed in a different path (or running X from a personalized path)?

I've built the entire Xserver from git for testing proposes using the build.sh provided by freedesktop.org as the easier method to compile all modules against the git tree, and installed under the ...
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What are the benefits of running Gnome 3 + awesome compared with awesome alone?

What are the benefits to running awesome as my window manager in Gnome 3? I am interested in identifying what features/functionality gnome3+awesome provides that can not be easily (if not identical) ...
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How can I trigger the screensaver's locking feature using D-BUS from the command line?

How can I trigger the screen saver manually from the command line? I'm using GNOME 3.8.4 on Fedora 19, but the solution should not necessarily be specific to this distro.
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Does GNOME 3 support desktop zoom?

GNOME 3 is not compatible with Compiz, so I cannot use the desktop zoom feature from Compiz. I googled for a long time, and it seems GNOME still does not support desktop zoom -- does it? I am using ...
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Automatically hide Linux Mint notification bar after timeout

It seems like the notification bar on the bottom of the desktop in Linux Mint 12 never hides unless I click N+1 times on it first (N being the number of messages). Since it's overlaid over all windows ...
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Set custom locales in Gnome3 (on Fedora 20)

I've created my own custom locales and placed them in /etc/locale.conf which successfully takes effect if I log in on a virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+F2). In my Gnome3 session those variables are not set, ...
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One PC, several users, Gnome 3 and Awesome. How to easy switch users via GDM

I'm using Arch Linux with Gnome 3.6 installed. There are several users on this PC with their own accounts. We used to use just switch user button instead of logging out. So almost always several users ...
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How can I expose JAVA_HOME to applications running under X and/or Gnome?

I'm trying to run IntelliJ from Gnome3's Applications menu, but it complains the JAVA_HOME variable is not set. I have the Java installation under my home folder. I managed to export the variable in ...
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Is there a way to have Nautilus include mlocate in the results?

When searching for files, I often prefer using locate (because of the speed). However, I end up opening a terminal just for that purpose and then closing it again. Not a big problem for me, but my ...
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Gnome Shell window snap to quarters of screen

I love the window snap feature of the Gnome 3 shell. However, it only allows you to maximize windows or to snap to the left or right half of the screen. Is there a way to snap to quarters of the ...
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Gnome 3 Software Center

Just installed Fedora 15 with Gnome 3. Is there like a software center like in Ubuntu?
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NetworkManager issues in Arch Linux

Have had WiFi working fine via wifi-menu on command line for a while, but would much prefer the gnome icon, so i switched to NetworkManager, and now nothing will connect. I enabled my dhcp daemon in ...
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Understanding Gnome various Icons

The question is about customizing the way icon appears at desktop shell notification area file associations [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Mathematica 9 Comment=Technical ...
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How to make Nautilus search useful outside of /home?

Nautilus search returns no results for anything outside of my home directory. I've had this problem with both Ubuntu 10.10 Nautilus and the new Nautilus in Gnome 3.2. I asked my friend using Fedora ...
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Is there a way to search a menu bar in Gnome?

I want to search my menu bar, to easily find obscure menu items. I know that the HUD (Heads Up Display) in Unity has this feature, however I am running Gnome 3 on Debian 7. Is there a way to do this ...
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Where does gnome-session/gnome-shell store its configuration?

Long story short; I have a debian system that's been running the unstable tree for over a decade straight (through fire, flames, and multiple hardware upgrades, but that aside). However, a while ago ...
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Good distribution for Gnome shell

With Ubuntu pushing Unity, what distribution would you recommend if I just want to run Gnome 3 with the new Gnome shell? Personally, I'm interested in distributions which have the polish and support ...
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How can I make the Gnome3 calendar use Thunderbird instead of Evolution?

Can it be done? I don't want to use Evolution's calendar... I want to keep using Thunderbird... I have to add some addons (like lightning) first right? My goal is to have some calendar-like on ...
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Which Linux distro supports GNOME 3 by default?

I was planning on installing a new Linux distribution and I am thinking of trying GNOME 3 interface. Other than Fedora 16 (which has GNOME 3 as default) which other distro supports it? I know it can ...
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Gnome 3 desktop display gone rogue?

I am having trouble logging out and shutting down normally using the Gnome 3 desktop interface. This is what I was shown on random occasions when I turn on the computer: The arrows point to where ...