gnome-terminal configuration file storage place?

Matthew Kuiken matt.kuiken at
Wed Nov 1 07:51:26 UTC 2006

Luqman wrote:
> hi,
>> Marius Gedminas wanted us to know:
>> On Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 03:25:40PM +0100, Luqman wrote:
>>> I like to copy gnome-terminal configuration file from one pc to another.
>>> Unfortunately, I don't know how it is called and where it is stored. Can
>>> anyone help me with that?
>>> I checked under .gnome/ and .gnome2/ but did not find anything that
>>> looked like what I am looking for.
>> It's stored in the gconf database.  You can probably use gconftool-2 to
>> export/import the /apps/gnome-terminal subtree, but I've no idea how.
> Well, I did not make out how to achieve this. Isn't there a possibility
> of just copying some configuration files/directory from my old machine
> to new one??
> cheers,

gconf is just a set of directories and xml files.  You probably just 
need to copy the stuff under ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal to the same 
place on the other computer.

As far as gconf looking like the registry, since gconf is multiple files 
and a directory structure, it is a lot less likely to be corrupted 
entirely by one misbehaving app.  As such, I think it's a major 
improvement over something that a single bad entry can hose the whole 
system...  That said, I'm not certain that I believe that everything 
*needs* to have its settings in a unified settings manager...


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