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How to make customized GNOME app folders settings persistent ?

asked 2016-09-19 07:30:01 -0500

clnetbox gravatar image

updated 2016-09-26 04:26:17 -0500

I want to have all applications sorted alphabetically in the GNOME menu.
Therefore I want to disable the GNOME app folders feature completely !

gsettings set folder-children []

makes the app folders disappear, but after a restart app folders are set back to default.
How can I make the customized setting persistent in fedora 24 with GNOME 3.20 DE ?

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answered 2016-09-21 09:42:59 -0500

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updated 2016-09-22 15:04:16 -0500

1. You need to create an override file. Run the following command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/my-settings.gschema.override

You can use your own name for the file "my-settings.gschema.override" but you have to keep .gschema.override part.

2. Put following code into the new gschema.override file


3. Save that file, exit it and run following command to compile GSettings schemas to make your modification active

sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/

This schema will be activated during next system reboot so your settings will be kept. This modification will be applied for all existing users that are on the system.

4. Run dconf-editor application (if not installed, install it via Gnome Software or command line)

  • navigate to: org / gnome / desktop / app-folders and click on folder-children value.

A new window will pop up. Set the value "Use default value" ON (the default value should be [''] ). Custom value ['Utilities', 'Sundry'] should be gray now. Click on "Apply" button.

5. Look in Activities - there should be no group of apps anymore

6. Reboot your system and check if the groups are still off in Activities

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@zdenek : Thank you very much for your answer ! :) I followed exactly your instructions - unfortunately it did not work. After restartarting the system, the app folders are set back to default settings just as before.

clnetbox gravatar imageclnetbox ( 2016-09-22 06:42:30 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your feedback. I played a bit with this topic in virtual machine and found setting that survived the reboot. I updated point 2 (please update the content of the brackets to [''] ) and added point 4, 5 and 6 in my answer above. Please test, I hope it will work for you as well this time :)

zdenek gravatar imagezdenek ( 2016-09-22 15:07:07 -0500 )edit

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