23 November 2008

gconftool to play with settings

gconf-editor is a very good utility where one can change behavior or setting or preference of any application using click. today I discovered its command line version --
using this you can set behavior to preference of any application in command line or in shell script.
for example , just after installation of fedora , i use to open Nautilus (the file browser) and open its preference to set it "always open in browser mode" and 'single click to double click' behavior. Same with gedit and other tool to make setting.
But same thing you can perform with gconftool-2 like this..

gconftool-2 --set "/apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser" --type bool TRUE
gconftool-2 --set "/apps/nautilus/preferences/click_policy" --type string "single"

do not use sudo,, you are making setting for you and not root.

you can bundle up such command to make your own theme which you can install from shell. (actually i got this idea form here - - )

The format is very simple

gconftool-2 --set KEY_NAME --type TYPE VALUE

you need to browse in gconf-editor to know what is key name for a particular setting.

* gconftool-2 -R will list all the setting. So you can save all initial settings. Like
gconftool-2 -R / > save.txt
* Search a given key,
$ gconftool-2 -R / | grep screensaver

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21 November 2008

First (FOSS) quarter of Delhi

The first quarter of the year 2009 (January to March) will a FOSS quarter for Delhi. we are going to have 3 major events in this quarter. Hopefully all three event will be successful.
  • Januray 2009 : LUG@IITD community, will be completing 1 successful year (a huge bundle of activity). So There will be a big celebration in IITD in January.
  • Feb 2009 : we will be having Delhi's most well known foss event. at JNU.
  • March 2009 : Come again to IITD again with OSSCAMP workshop to get real test of geekness along with the Annual Tech Fest of IITD.
seems like south Delhi is highly FOSSified.