gnome-options - Standard Command Line Options for GNOME 2 Programs


program [standard options] [specific options] arguments


This manual page describes the command line options, which are common to all Gnome applications.


Help options

-?, --help
 Show the applications help message.
--usage Display a brief usage message.
 Show the applications’s version information.

Bonobo Activation support

 File descriptor to print IOR on
 IID to activate
 Prevent registering of server with OAF

GNOME library options

 Disable sound server usage
 Enable sound server usage
 Host:port on which the esd sound server to use is running. This is useful if you simultaneously run programs on several machines.

GNOME GUI options

 Disable the crash dialog, which is normally shown when the application segfaults.

Session management options

 Specify session management ID. Only used by the session manager itself while restarting the application.
 Specify prefix of saved configuration.
 Disable connection to session manager.

Other options

 Dynamic modules to load


For most GNOME programs there will be additional command line options, which are specific to the program. These will be explained in the Application options section of the --help output and in the application’s online help.


This manual page was written by Jochen Voss <>. A first version was generated with the help of the help2man program. The program’s output was manually edited later.

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