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

Tom H tomh0665 at
Wed Jun 23 16:54:19 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:48 AM, Donkey Hottie <donkey at> wrote:
> 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.

LOL. You must have misread my email. I said " this case it works...".

But I also said that quotes aren't just useful for white space.

Try doing an
aptitude ?task(mail-server)
without escaping the question mark and parenthesis with single or
double quotes (or backslashes).

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