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i3 under ubuntu precise with gnome3 settings

asked 2012-10-06 13:29:40 +0000

simao gravatar image


After trying out several methods to use i3 with Ubuntu (precise) and Gnome 3, I am using this method:

Created a /usr/share/xsessions/custom.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]

And created an .xinitrc file with:

gnome-settings-daemon &
exec i3

The problem is that somehow none of my gnome settings (fonts, theme, keyboard) is being loaded.

For example, I configured my keyboard layout in gnome3, and it is not loaded when I start an i3 session. None of the gtk theme settings are loaded either, if I start nautilus, it starts with an old default nautilus theme and not with the usual "Ambience" Ubuntu theme.

What's even more strange is that sometimes this actually works, when I load i3 I get all my gnome settings (keyboard, theme, fonts, etc etc). I think it's because I log in to my gnome3 session before choosing my custom xsession, but I can't reproduce this.

Is anyone using i3 under ubuntu with gnome3 settings? How?

Thank you for your help

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answered 2012-10-06 23:31:30 +0000

It works for me here, but the only difference is that I start gnome-settings-daemon inside the i3 config.

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answered 2012-10-06 13:32:35 +0000

Michael gravatar image

I think you need to start gnome-settings-daemon.

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I started it in my .xinitrc...

simao gravatar imagesimao ( 2012-10-06 13:34:26 +0000 )edit

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