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XDG-SETTINGS(1) xdg-settings Manual XDG-SETTINGS(1)

NAME

xdg-settings – get various settings from the desktop environment

SYNOPSIS

xdg-settings {get | check | set} {property} [subproperty] [value]

xdg-settings {–help | –list | –manual | –version}

DESCRIPTION

xdg-settings gets various settings from the desktop environment. For
instance, desktop environments often provide proxy configuration and
default web browser settings. Using xdg-settings these parameters can
be extracted for use by applications that do not use the desktop
environment’s libraries (which would use the settings natively).

xdg-settings is for use inside a desktop session only. It is not
recommended to use xdg-settings as root.

OPTIONS

–help
Show command synopsis.

–list
List all properties xdg-settings knows about.

–manual
Show this manual page.

–version
Show the xdg-utils version information.

PROPERTIES
When using xdg-settings to get, check or set a destkop setting,
properties and possibly sub-properties are used to specify the setting
to be changed.

Some properties (such as default-web-browser) fully describe the
setting to be changed. Other properties (such as
default-url-scheme-handler) require more information (in this case the
actual scheme to set the default handler for) which must be provided in
a sub-property.

EXIT CODES
An exit code of 0 indicates success while a non-zero exit code
indicates failure. The following failure codes can be returned:

1
Error in command line syntax.

2
One of the files passed on the command line did not exist.

3
A required tool could not be found.

4
The action failed.

SEE ALSO

xdg-mime, xdg-open, MIME applications associations
specification[1]

EXAMPLES
Get the desktop file name of the current default web browser

xdg-settings get default-web-browser

Check whether the default web browser is firefox.desktop, which can be
false even if “get default-web-browser” says that is the current value
(if only some of the underlying settings actually reflect that value)

xdg-settings check default-web-browser firefox.desktop

Set the default web browser to google-chrome.desktop

xdg-settings set default-web-browser google-chrome.desktop

Set the default mailto URL scheme handler to be evolution.desktop

xdg-settings set default-url-scheme-handler mailto evolution.desktop

AUTHOR

Mike Mammarella
Author.

COPRYRIGHT

Copyright © 2009-2011

NOTES
1. MIME applications associations specification
http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/mime-apps-spec/

xdg-utils 1.1.0 02/01/2016 XDG-SETTINGS(1)