Gedit settings not saving

The Problem

(Just skip to the solution for the commands you need to run to fix this)

I use Gedit over SHH with Xming / X11 running quite regularly and I was not able to save my setting in Gedit. I am running a Red Hat based OS ( such as CentOS and Scientific Linux )

The first error I got was:

GLib-GIO-Message: Using the 'memory' GSettings backend. Your settings will not be saved or shared with other applications.

This tells us that Gedit cannot use the normal GSettings backend to save our settings to disk and is just going to save them to (volatile) memory so when we exit the applicaiton our settings are lost. Not a very clear message at all if you actually want to fix this bug as it gives you no clues that it really wants you to install various other packages (one of them is dconf as we’ll see below).

After searching around I found out i needed to install dconf. After which I got a new error message:

dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: Failed to execute child process "dbus-launch" (No such file or directory)

Again not very clear… but dconf wants us to install dbus, so I did that and found it was already installed! So I searched Yum and saw a package named dbus-x11. I installed this package and my settings now save.

The solution steps are below.

The Solution

yum install dconf
yum install dconf-editor
yum install dbus
yum install dbus-x11

I hope this helps someone!


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