glib-compile-schemas Man page



glib-compile-schemas – GSettings schema compiler


glib-compile-schemas [OPTION…] {DIRECTORY}


glib-compile-schemas compiles all the GSettings XML schema files in
DIRECTORY into a binary file with the name gschemas.compiled that can
be used by GSettings. The XML schema files must have the filename
extension .gschema.xml. For a detailed description of the XML file
format, see the GSettings documentation.

At runtime, GSettings looks for schemas in the glib-2.0/schemas
subdirectories of all directories specified in the XDG_DATA_DIRS
environment variable. The usual location to install schema files is

In addition to schema files, glib-compile-schemas reads ‘vendor
override’ files, which are key files that can override default values
for keys in the schemas. The group names in the key files are the
schema id, and the values are written in serialized GVariant form.
Vendor override files must have the filename extension

By convention, vendor override files begin with nn_ where nn is a
number from 00 to 99. Higher numbered files have higher priority (eg:
if the same override is made in a file numbered 10 and then again in a
file numbered 20, the override from 20 will take precedence).


-h, –help
Print help and exit

Store gschemas.compiled in the TARGET directory instead of

Abort on any errors in schemas. Without this option, faulty schema
files are simply omitted from the resulting compiled schema.

Don’t write gschemas.compiled. This option can be used to check
.gschema.xml sources for errors.

Do not enforce restrictions on key names. Note that this option is
purely to facility the transition from GConf, and will be removed
at some time in the future.