Verifying GNOME policy settings

After setting GNOME policies, you can verify the settings on any managed Linux machine by using the gconftool-2 or dconf/gsettings command.

To verify GNOME policy settings on Linux computers:

  1. Set one or more GNOME group policies.
  2. Enable the “Enable GNOME group policies” master policy.
  3. On a managed Linux computer, run adgpupdate to apply group policies with the updates you have made.

    The agent updates group policies at a regularly specified interval. Running adgpupdate applies the new policies immediately.

  4. Run gconftool-2 or use dconf/gsettings and pipe it to grep to view specific settings; for example, to see the local GNOME setting for hidden files:

    [user1@qa1 ~]$gconftool-2 -R /desktop |grep -i hidden
    show_hidden_files = true

    If you are using GNOME 2, you can run gconftool-2 -R to see all of your GNOME desktop settings. For example:

    [user1@qa1 ~]$gconftool-2 -R /desktop
    tabs_enable = true
    tabs_open_position = end
    show_hidden_files = true
    icon_theme = crux_teal
    show_backup_files = false
    exec = nautilus %s
    needs_term = false
    accepts_urls = true
    exec = nautilus

    To see all system settings, you can run:

    gconftool-2 -R /system

    or all desktop gnome application settings:

    gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/applications