View Full Version : [ubuntu] Which files in Gnome to modify in order to set Preferences manually?

January 2nd, 2009, 03:23 PM
I have Ubuntu 8.04. I would like to modify Preferences directly rather than through the System menu in Gnome. I would like to modify/write scripts to:
1) launch gnome-terminal on start up as when I do that via the System->Preferences->Sessions it appears without a title bar so I am unable to move the terminal
2) to change the idle time for the screen saver so I can just execute a script rather than setting it via System->Preferences->Screensaver (as I change it daily to run a video for news in the morning and then decrease the idle time again after it's done)

Does anyone know which files/settings have to be modified in order to do the above?


January 2nd, 2009, 07:40 PM
This probably doesn't work b/c the window manager or some other item has not started before the terminal. Maybe create a script that waits a few seconds before starting the terminal


$ gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-screensaver/idle_delay" --type int X

where X is the amount in minutes

January 3rd, 2009, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the info.

1) More on gconf:

2) Where would you launch the script you suggested?