DConf-0.40.0 / DConf-Editor-3.38.3

Introduction to DConf

The DConf package contains a low-level configuration system. Its main purpose is to provide a backend to GSettings on platforms that don't already have configuration storage systems.

The DConf-Editor, as the name suggests, is a graphical editor for the DConf database. Installation is optional, because gsettings from GLib-2.68.4 provides similar functionality on the commandline.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

DConf Dependencies


dbus-1.12.20, GLib-2.68.4, GTK+-3.24.30 (for the editor), and libxml2-2.9.12 (for the editor)



GTK-Doc-1.33.2 and bash-completion

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/dconf

Installation of DConf

First, prevent unnecessary systemd units from being installed:

sed -i 's/install_dir: systemd_userunitdir,//' service/meson.build

Install DConf by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release -Dbash_completion=false .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test

As the root user:

ninja install

Now, optionally install the editor:

cd ..              &&
tar -xf ../dconf-editor-3.38.3.tar.xz &&
cd dconf-editor-3.38.3                &&

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release .. &&

As the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

-Dgtk_doc=true: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: dconf and dconf-editor
Installed Libraries: libdconf.so, and libdconfsettings.so (GIO Module installed in /usr/lib/gio/modules)
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,share/gtk-doc/html}/dconf

Short Descriptions


is a simple tool for manipulating the DConf database


is a graphical program for editing the DConf database


contains the DConf client API functions

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