At times, we are running some important applications on our system but for some reason, our system goes into hibernation mode. We do not want to lose the applications that we were running and want to restore the system to its previous state. The Dconf Editor is one tool that can be customized in order to restore the Ubuntu system to its previous state. In this article, we will explain how to download and configure the Dconf Editor to achieve this purpose.
We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.
Step 1: Install the Dconf Editor
Install the Dconf Editor by running the following command in your Ubuntu Terminal; you can open the Terminal either through the system Dash or the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut:
$ sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
Please enter the password for sudo in case you are asked to do so, as only an authorized user can install/uninstall software on Ubuntu.
The system will prompt you with a Y/n option in order to continue installation. Please enter Y to continue. The Dconf Editor will be installed on your system. You can check the version number and verify the installation through the following command:
$ dconf-editor --version
Step 2: Launch the Dconf Editor
You can launch the Dconf Editor through the GUI by searching for it through the system Dash:
Or launch it through the command line by entering the following command in your Terminal:
The Dconf Editor will launch, displaying the following message:
Click the “I’ll be careful” button and also uncheck the “Show this dialog next time” if you do not want to see this message the next time you launch the Dconf Editor.
Step 3: Configure Gnome with Dconf Editor
From the left pane, click on the “org” option; this will expand the branch for this option.
Under org, click the gnome option and then the gnome-session under this branch:
Now you will be able to view the options you can configure for the Gnome session. The “auto-save session” button is switched off by default. Please switch this button on. This will configure the current session to be saved till the next time you log on after hibernation.
Close the Dconf Editor.
Step 4: Hibernate and log in
You can send your Ubuntu system in Hibernation mode by running the following command in the Terminal:
$ systemctl suspend
Now log in back to the system and you will see all your applications from the previous session restored.
You have learned how to make your Ubuntu system to remember and restore applications from your previous session before hibernation. The Dconf Editor needs to be downloaded and through simple configuration, you can make your system remember your previously run applications.