Posts with the tag Gnome

Get rid of an additional password prompt after Gnome login to unlock the default keyring when you changed your login password

If you get a password prompt like the following when logging on to Gnome on Ubuntu Linux your login password might differ from your keyring password file (~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring):

An application wants access to the keyring 'default' but it is locked.

So to get arround this and have the default keyring...

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Re-Enable Graphical Icons in the Gnome Menu

Somehow the icons for all entries in the Gnome menu were missing. Maybe I produced this mess or it was Gnome that changed the defaults... Whatever, I don't know. But here is how you get them back:


gconftool -s --type bool /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons true


gconftool -s --type bool /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons...

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Delete Wine Launcher Files from Gnome Menu

To delete a launcher for an installed Windows program via Wine just remove it from the directory ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs.


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Deactivate gdm Start Sound

Sound after login: System → Preferences → Startup Applications → GNOME-Login-Sound : remove check

To disable the system ready drums:

sudo mv /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready-off.ogg

Enter The gdm Configuration (not related to the deactivation of the start sound mentioned above)

Log off and change to a virtual...

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Change The "Ubuntu icon" in the Upper Left Hand Corner of the Gnome Desktop

Press Alt + F2. Enter gconf-editor and press enter.

Go to apps → panel → objects and select the menu_bar. On the right of the window, check the box that says use_custom_icon. Then, right click the entry that says custom_icon. Select Edit Key and enter the path to your preferred icon.


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Remove Ubuntu branding (Menu Icon on gnome-panel etc.)

remove the definitions of gnome-about and ubuntu-about

Delete the files gnome-about.desktop and ubuntu-about.desktop from /usr/share/applications

sudo rm /usr/share/applications/gnome-about.desktop
sudo rm /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-about.desktop

or less radical: move the files (to ~/tmp/):

sudo mv /usr/share/applications/gnome-about.desktop ~/tmp/
sudo mv /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-about.desktop ~/tmp/

or even softer: edit these *.desktop files and add the line NoDisplay=true.

To apply changes / see...

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CLI for the NetworkManager

NetworkManager has a DBUS API, so other applications can use DBUS to communicate with it and change its settings. I found three different ways to do this on the command line using a CLI (command line interface):

nmcli (NetworkManagerCmdline)

As of 2010-12-18 the most actively maintained project is nmcli:

Compare nmcli...

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Autostart on Ubuntu

Xorg Server Autostart:

Check xinit(1) man page for further details.
System wide autostart: /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
User specific autostart: ~/.xinitrc


Gnome user specific:
System → Einstellungen → Sitzungen → Startprogramm

Gnome system wide:
Create a file e.g. MyProgram.desktop in the directory /etc/xdg/autostart:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=command to be executed

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Create Desktop and Menu Entries

freedesktop Desktop Entry Specification freedesktop Icon Theme Specification gnome Desktop Entry Files

You have to create a .desktop file and save it to /usr/share/applications/somefile.desktop.

icons are searched in the following folders (in that order): XDG_DATA_DIRS/icons /usr/share/pixmaps


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Rhythmbox Plugins and Tools

Rhythmbox DLNA/UPnP sharing and Control plugin

to get this plugin to work I had to do:

sudo apt-get install python-coherence

Rhythmbox XSLT - convert Rhythmbox xml library file to xhtml


  • Perl
  • XML::LibXSLT Perl module

install like this:

sudo aptitude install libxml-libxslt-perl
cd ~/Downloads
tar -xf rbxml2html-0.03.tar.gz

usage: the pearl...

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Adjust Time and Date Format (Compliant with ISO 8601)

  • Display the configuration editor in the system menu by following these steps:
    Click on System → Preferences → Main Menu
    Enable: Applications → System Tools → Configuration Editor (gconf-editor)
  • Now open the Configuration Editor (gconf-editor) and do the following:
    • Navigate to / → apps ...

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Install Gnome Desktop (After Kubuntu Installation)

Do this in case you installed Kubuntu before and want to have gnome available as well

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop

KDM or GDM as default display manager:

The default can always be changed later by modifying the /etc/X11/default-display-manager file. For KDM, the file should read /usr/bin/kdm; for GDM,...

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