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In GNOME 3 desktop icons are hidden by default. I tried to show them up this way:

 gconftool-2 --set -t bool /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons true

It didn't work. So I tried:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

It works!

gconftool-2 --get /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons says that value isn't set for this key.

gconf-editor does not list /org folder. Why?

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gconf is deprecated. GSettings in GNOME 3 uses the dconf backend by default.

dconf list /org/gnome/

dconf dump /org/gnome/

dconf-editor &

When writing scripts, though, avoid calling backends directly.

gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.background
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