Because why store config data in a file like... literally everybody else??
By Thomas Pain
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Gnome Terminal stores its configuration data using something called
dconf, which is akin to the Windows registry. You cannot manually edit this configuration data, as it's stored in a binary format.
At the time of writing, I know of no other piece of Linux software uses
dconf, nor do I know why the Gnome terminal does this.
If you want to edit Gnome Terminal settings as a file instead of through the UI, you need to use the
dconf CLI tool.
dconf dump /org/gnome/terminal/ > ~/.gnometerminal cat ~/.gnometerminal | dconf load /org/gnome/terminal/