[ubuntu-uk] gnome desktop background changer

Steve Fisher xirconuk at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 10:27:44 BST 2010


On 16 October 2010 10:01, Jacob Mansfield <cyberjacob at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am attempting to make the desktop background in gnome change
> automatically to a random image from a set folder. I know the command I need
> is
>
> gconftool-2 --type=string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename
> /full/path/to/image/file
>
> I have worked this into a basic shell script:
>
> time=$1
> # time to wait between changing the background in secs
> while [ : ]
>  do
>  for filepath in `cat list`
>  # list is a list of all files in the backgrounds directory and is the only
> other non-image file in the folder
>   do
>   echo $filepath
>   # for debug
>   gconftool-2 --type=string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename
> “$filepath”
>   sleep $time
>   done
>  done
>
> however allthough this sets the value (I can see it in the xml
> configuration file with emacs) the background simply goes to the set colour
> not the image. is there another value I need to get the background as an
> image? or is there something wrong with my script? all help appreciated.
> Jacob Mansfield
> Programmer
>
>
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>
Jacob

Have a look at:

http://www.itlure.com/2009/11/create-your-own-gnome-background.html

Steve
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