Configuring GNOME idle time lock

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Configuring GNOME idle time lock at 15 min was problematic
  • Running the command below leads to the error messages "Resolved address "xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory" to a writable configuration source at position 0"
$gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory --type int  --set /apps/gnome-screensaver/idle_delay 15


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Gnome

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