Is there a way to change the location of the minimize/maximize Windows in Lucid?

Donkey Hottie donkey at
Wed Jun 23 15:48:28 UTC 2010

On 23.6.2010 18:35, Tom H wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:02 AM, Donkey Hottie <donkey at> wrote:
>> On 23.6.2010 16:10, Mark Widdicombe wrote:
>>>> Error setting value: Bad key or directory name:
>>>> ."menu:minimize,maximize,close": Must begin with a slash '/'
>>>> I even tried
>>>> # gconftool-2 --set --type=string /apps/metacity/general/button_layout
>>>> menu:minimize,maximize,close
>>>> And it does not error, but nothing happens. After a reboot the buttons
>>>> are still in left.
>>> What happened to the quotes?
>> As a programmer I happen to know that quotes are not needed when the
>> argument does not contain spaces. The shell or something will remove
>> them anyway. The application (command) will never see the quotes.
>> Quotes are needed if the argument contains white space.
> Not just white space but in this case it works because the ":" and ","
> will not be interpreted/misinterpreted by bash.

I see no difference with or without quotes.

$ tee test.c

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
        return 0 ;

$ cc test.c .o test
$ ./test abba:babba,gamma

$ ./test "abba:babba,gamma"

No Difference. The program outputs its 1st argument as seen.

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