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The gsettings resource can be used for manipulation of Gnome configuration settings via the gsettings configuration tool added in Gnome v3.


gsettings "org.gnome.desktop.interface" do
  option "monospace-font-name"
  value "Monospace 14"
  user "bob"
  • schema - used as the name attribute above, the dotted notation schema that contains the attribute
  • option - the key being set with a new value
  • value - the new value for the key, this should be a pure ruby type. the gsettings resource will automatically marshal the value into the GVariant format required by the underlying gsettings command line tool
  • user - User name for whom the setting applies to, should be a valid account on the system.


Swap Ctrl and Caps Lock key

gsettings "org.gnome.libgnomekbd.keyboard" do
  option "options"
  user "bob"
  value ["ctrl\tctrl:nocaps"]

License and Author

Author:: Mark Roddy ()

Copyright:: 2012, Mark Roddy

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