Focus follows mouse in Gnome 3

There are plenty of Google hits on that topic, but so far I haven’t found one that gives the right answer. Here it is:

% dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences/focus-mode \
    "string 'mouse'"

To switch back:

% dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences/focus-mode \
    "string 'click'"

This works in Gnome 3.4, and I assume (but haven’t verified) that it also works in Gnome 3.6. However, given the recent developments in Gnome land, I will probably move away from Gnome altogether.

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