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`dconf` is a low-level, key-based configuration system. It replaces `GConf` and its main purpose is to provide a backend to `GSettings`.

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Gnome 42 on Arch. GUI stalling and Journal is filled with messages : unable to create file '/run/user/1000/dconf/user' 'too many open files'

Recently updated to Gnome 42. GUI has become unstable, will lock up after a few hours and journalctl is filled with this error message, which I am unable to find results for: unable to create file '/...
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org.x.apps.favorites.list does not respect sort/display order in Cinnamon

The schema settings summary says "List of favorites, stored in display order", but the 'star' app in the panel (favorites@cinnamon.org) shows the correct URIs, but not in the display order. (...
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How to load (add to a panel) by terminal (CLI) a Cinnamon applet newly added to /usr/share/cinnamon/applets?

I've found out to edit Cinnamon panel I can use dconf: dconf read /org/cinnamon/enabled-applets ['panel1:left:0:menu@cinnamon.org:0', 'panel1:left:1:show-desktop@cinnamon.org:1', 'panel1:left:2:...
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Where dconf gets key+values to populate user databse? Where is system database and how to edit it?

From reading man 7 dconf I've understood there is a user database for dconf which takes priority. On my PC I have it: /home/alex/.config/dconf/user. When I renamed that file, dconf read started to ...
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How to change dconf settings in chrooted mode via terminal?

I used dconf write and gsetting set, they worked on booted GUI desktop system. I tried to run them in a script in chrooted environment and got errors. Web search found QAs for similar errors: Error ...
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How to change Qt/Gtk theme using CLI

I can change the theme using lxappearance and everything works. This includes pcmanfm, gnome-disks, firefox, and qalculate-qt themes being changed. Using gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface ...
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Gedit preferences manager does not allow interactions

I am trying to install plugins on Gedit v3.36.2 under a clean Ubuntu 20.04 installation. I'm opening the preferences but I checking/unchecking the various options doesn't work: Gedit doesn't listen! ...
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What are the causes of permission errors for /run/user/NNNN/dconf/user files? How can we resolve them?

There are several open questions regarding GUI apps whose console output shows repeated errors similar to the following: (XXXX:YYYY): dconf-CRITICAL **: unable to create file '/run/user/NNNN/dconf/...
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How do I remap Caps Lock to Tab?

I've seen this trick to rebind keys using dconf, but it only seems to work for some target keys: dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/input-sources/xkb-options "['caps:ctrl_modifier']" This works ...
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Partial dconf dump with full paths

Custom system-wide default dconf settings can be set with a keyfile in /etc/dconf/db/local.d/. The file must contain keys with their full path in this case. dconf dump /org/cinnamon/ > org.cinnamon....
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I want to be able to switch windows in gnome overview with the same key i used to open overview like in macOS

I recently switched from macOS and I need to be able to switch overview windows from the same keybinding like in macOS mission control how can I do this? I have looked for shell extensions, and for ...
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unable to create directory '/run/user/7093511/dconf': Permission denied. dconf will not work properly

I'm getting following error message running an aplication: (process:53978): dconf-CRITICAL **: 12:30:48.383: unable to create directory '/run/user/7093511/dconf': Permission denied. dconf will not ...
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How to change the gnome backgrounds default search directory?

I'm using Debian10.10 and gnome 3.30.2 When I change the background from settings as shown below, the gnome checks for wallpapers in the /home/prithvi/Pictures/ but, I want gnome to check for ...
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Black screen on vnc and grey screen on iLo, possible /run/user/1000/dconf/user problem?

I'm getting a black screen when connected to my HP server on VNC, and a grey screen when connected remotely via iLo. I checked the /var/log/messages, and noticed that there were a lot of the error ...
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Set gnome-screensaver lock screen background on GalliumOS (Xfce)

I recently installed GalliumOS on an old Chromebook and want to use gnome-screensaver as a nicer-looking lock screen instead of the default xscreensaver. The default background for gnome-screensaver ...
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Certain parameters in dconf keyfiles not being taken into account/used

I am working with gnome 3.28.2 on CentOS 7.6 and have been trying to set global values for certain parameters in the dconf key files as explained here and using the screensaver example here along with ...
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How do I browse a sandboxed flatpak application's settings with dconf-editor?

Flatpak applications do not write in system's dconf, but they do in the one inside the sandbox. How do I browse (like with dconf-editor) sandboxed applications' configuration?
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when is `dconf dump` and `dconf load` not inverse?

I use dconf dump / and dconf load / to keep configurations in sync. This usually works, but I observe that sometimes there is a discrepancy that the result of dump is not what was loaded before: ...
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How to remove Starred tab in Gnome Nautilus with dconf?

Gnome Nautilus has this Starred tab that I don't use and want to remove: How to do it with dconf? I believe there's an option to do it but couldn't find it yet. The answer to a similar question ...
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Edit list of Favorite apps in Applications menu in Gnome Classic Centos7?

I'm running a CentOS 7 + GNOME Classic (Gnome 3 for some unknown reason, crashes) and I'm trying to customize the "Favorites" sub-menu, under the main "Applications" menu. ...
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Custom keybindings For Linux Mint 20 via gsettings

The solution given in Custom global keybindings in cinnamon via gsettings is not working in Linux Mint 20. I monitored the changes using dconf watch / and the following changes were made while ...
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systemd service stops logging to systemd-journal after executing dbus as non-root user

Sorry for the confusing title, My current situation is following: I have a normal systemd service running (as root user&privileges). However, the service should alter my regular user's certain ...
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How to set a dconf keybinding to use <AltGraph> key?

In Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with GNOME 3 we can use dconf to set a lot o keybindings. What is the syntax to associate AltGr (that is right Alt) to a keyboard shortcut?
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How to focus program window instead of spawning new one if it's already open

I am currently using Linux Mint 19.03 Cinnamon. Issue I launch gnome-calculator with Cal shortcut button and when I press that button, new gnome-calculator window is spawned. I don't want this ...
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dconf editor value is different from gsettings get value

I did as follows: $ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay uint32 300 $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay 80 $ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.session idle-delay uint32 ...
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How can I increase the maximum number of workspaces on Deepin 15.11?

I already tried both com.deepin.wrap.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences.num-workspaces and org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences.num-workspaces to 16 on dconf-editor and then rebooting my computer, but still I ...
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How to fully reset Gnome/Dconf settings?

I already deleted everything that I could in based on the answer in https://askubuntu.com/questions/56313/how-do-i-reset-gnome-to-the-defaults, but one things remains: Devices > Displays > ...
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Change specific settings with gsettings/dconf key. (archlinux, linux-lts-4.19)

I am trying to change the "custom-command" value for the Tilix terminal emulator in dconf from python3 $HOME/Scripts/memux/main.py to python3 $HOME/.pps/pecan.py, but I can't figure out the format for ...
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GTK3 gsettings usage

As background: Electronics engineer, follow suckless philosophy (where posible), no knowledge about X and and any kind of toolkits (GTK or Qt), using arch linux, cannot stand GNOME. It bothers me ...
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GNOME: disable touchpad when external mouse is connected (keep dconf setting across sessions)

I'm on Arch Linux + GNOME 3.32 + Wayland I want the touchpad to be disabled when an external mouse is connected. I know there's a great extension for this that I've been using for long time, but it ...
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How to programmatically change settings of xfce4-terminal?

With terminal emulators like gnome-terminal, it is possible to change settings programmatically, from the command line using dconf and gconf. But I have trouble finding a similar mechanism for xfce4-...
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tmpfs /run/user/1000 ran out of inodes, but it only has 30 files

So today I bother notice an error message being generated by gui program: (FreeFileSync:21930): dconf-CRITICAL **: 11:46:39.475: unable to create file '/run/user/1000/dconf/user': No space left on ...
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How to get the type of a certain dconf key?

How do I get the type of a dconf/gsettings key via command line ? I know I can visually inspect keys types and values via the gui tool dconf-editor e.g. the key num-workspaces under the schema org....
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Set static number of workspaces in gnome-shell with dconf

How to set the behavior of gnome-shell workspaces (static instead of dynamic) via dconf? I configured i3 style keyboard shortcuts to switch to specific workspace with Super+<num> but gnome-...
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Where are the Linux Mint xfce keyboard shortcuts saved?

I am currently running "Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia" with the Desktop Environment "xfce4". Because I have to setup several PCs, I want to write a bash script, that configures the keyboard shortcuts for the ...
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Is it possible to customize Dconf's file storing path?

Is it possible to customize Dconf's file storing path? I'd like to store Dconf configuration file in one of my synced directory, like Google-Drive/Dropbox or any other for constant syncing. Let's ...
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How do I use the plain-text mode of dconf?

By default, dconf stores its configuration in a binary format, inconvenient for using with version control. dconf notes that there is a configuration setting for dconf that enables a "bi-directional" ...
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How do I list commands associated with non-custom desktop keybindings?

I already know how to determine the command associated with a custom desktop keybinding (keyboard shortcut) in relatively recent Linux Mint versions running the Cinnamon desktop environment. My ...
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Why does my laptop screen dim after a few seconds on battery power?

It isn't actually locking or going to sleep. After a few seconds, the screen just clicks to a slightly darker setting. I have looked through dconf editor and the settings menu, and can't find any. ...
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Getting "unable to create file '/run/user/1000/dconf/user': Permission denied"

I use GNU/Linux Mint 18.2 (based on Ubuntu 16.04). Very recently, I've started seeing the following error message, repeated many times, when I start some GUI apps (e.g. meld): unable to create file '/...
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(ssconvert: 2156) dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: Cannot spawn a message bus without a machine-id

I am trying to use ssconvert to convert .xlsx files to .csv formats. However, every conversion will report a warning message like: (ssconvert:2156): dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to ...
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Tab auto completion does not work in gsettings and dconf?

Earlier, when I used to do gsettings get org.gnome. Tab , a list of different options used to get listed. But then I changed some settings and updated my computer and found out today that Tab auto ...
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How to patch and rebuild gnome-settings-daemon?

I am trying to fix the power button on gnome 3 not shutting down the system and as don_crissti said in this thread (Gnome 3: how to set power button to shutdown instead of suspend?) that options was ...
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Unable to change background in mate desktop

I'm running Debian Stretch with MATE desktop 1.16.1. Since I have update the package mate-settings-daemon I can't change my background, it shows the wallpaper used for the login screen. I've tried to ...
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Can't change wallpaper from CLI in Ubuntu (works fine from GUI)

Please help me to find out the list of command required to process a operation in GUI ? For example, If I change the wallpaper from GUI what is the command behind this . Actually I was trying to ...
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Unable to change the settings in meld when I launch it with sudo

When I launch meld with sudo, su, gksu or gksudo I have the following output: (meld:1666): GLib-GIO-CRITICAL **: g_dbus_proxy_new_sync: assertion 'G_IS_DBUS_CONNECTION (connection)' failed (meld:...
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How do I customize Gnome screen shield / curtain / login screen appearance?

Gnome desktop seems configurable in various ways: in "Gnome settings", with gnome-extensions, gnome-tweak-tool, gsettings or dconf-editor. However, apart from this procedure to change the login ...
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[NetworkManager]dconf-WARNING

Each time I would like to add a new connection (Ethernet, Vpn...) to NetworkManager I have this error : (nm-connection-editor:3580): dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: Erreur lors ...
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Why is my dconf setting suddenly non-writable?

I'm trying to change my screensaver settings in Cinnamon 2.6.13 on Ubuntu 14.04 trusty. When the system image was fresh, I was able to change the setting /org/cinnamon/desktop/screensaver/ask-for-...
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Does gsettings have a GUI frontend?

There is dconf-editor for dconf, but dconf is a low-level configuration system and direct use of it is discouraged. Users are recommended to use gsettings instead, but I cannot find a GUI tool for it. ...
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