Unable to open elementary's built in text-editor: code.

When launching from dock, it never opens while the cursor gets replaced by a circular spinner for 10-15 seconds. When launched from terminal, it gives the following error - [GLib-GIO] Settings schema 'io.elementary.code.settings' does not contain a key named 'smart-cut-copy' 1 31744 trace trap io.elementary.code

I tried sudo apt install --reinstall io.elementary.code, but it didn't fix anything, but it did give a warning on reinstallation

it didn't resolve, but it did give a warning on reinstallation

No such key 'button-layout' in schema 'org.gnome.mutter:Pantheon' as specified in override file '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/20_elementary.pantheon.wm.gschema.override'; ignoring override for this key. No such key 'enable-animations' in schema 'org.gnome.mutter:Pantheon' as specified in override file '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/20_elementary.pantheon.wm.gschema.override'; ignoring override for this key.

I've also updated to new version of code released today, but it doesn't fix this issue. I tried installation by cloning the repository, but it also gives same errors.

Github Issue

2 Answers 2


As you'll find in the linked Github issue - likely one of the schema settings is interfering with settings for elementary's code app. Since Code is unable to find it's settings it's crashing; it can be fixed if XDG_DATA_DIR is set to a value so that Code gets correct settings. In my case I, initially, had to add following in my terminal's shell startup script (e.g. .zshrc for zsh or .bashrc for bash) -

$ export XDG_DATA_DIRS="/usr/share:$XDG_DATA_DIRS"

but on further reading it I found out that in order to launch it from the dock, I'd need to put it inside ~/.xsessionrc

$ echo export 'XDG_DATA_DIRS="/usr/share:$XDG_DATA_DIRS"' >> ~/.xsessionrc

Just make sure if something goes awry, you should be able to revert the changes to xsessionrc

  • Negative. Adding export XDG_DATA_DIRS="/usr/share:$XDG_DATA_DIRS" to ~/.xsessionrc does not solve the problem. Upgrading io.elementary.code still keeps missing keys.
    – Top Banana
    Commented Apr 12, 2020 at 10:37

You can edit the 20_elementary.pantheon.wm.gschema.override file

sudo nano /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/20_elementary.pantheon.wm.gschema.override

Then comment out


Run the installer again

sudo apt install --reinstall io.elementary.code

Then edit the 20_elementary.pantheon.wm.gschema.override file again and uncomment the button-layout line

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