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Maintain your GNOME registry with gconf-editor

Dec 23, 2009, 00:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

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"The Windows operating system is not the only operating system with a registry. And I do realize that many of you cringed when you read the words “Windows” and “registry” in the same sentence. But don’t worry – the GNOME registry isn’t such a beast that can take your machine down with a single, poorly executed change. The GNOME registry is an XML-based configuration file (or registry) that stores all settings for the GNOME desktop. So instead of having to work with multiple tools to configure GNOME, you could, effectively, use only one tool to handle the configuration of your desktop.

"But don’t think this is as easy as using a standard GUI configuration tool. Although this “registry” can be edited with the help of the outstanding gconf-editor, it is often considered best left to power users. So, for those power users who want to know how to tackle the GNOME “registry”, you’re in luck. In this tutorial I am going to introduce you to the gconf-editor tool, so you can manage the GNOME registry without having to open up that XML file and edit it by hand."

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