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Changing wallpaper should be simple, but...

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:49 am
by phlip
Hello,

I'm setting up my pi (Raspbian) to use as a desktop, but as it's my first time on a Debian-based system I seem to be getting the simplest things wrong. Like this one: was playing around with the 'manage desktop utility' (I suppose it's called) and changed my available wallpapers that I had downloaded to ~/etc/alternatives/. Now, the thingy has an advanced tab, and I tried that. One box said 'right-clicking the desktop will show desktop alternatives' or some some-such, which sounded useful, so I checked that, and closed the utility. Right-clicking on the desktop now took me to what appears to be a desktop switcher, but there's no way I can get back to the 'manage deskop utility', and I can't seem to find it anywhere in the menu. Worst thing about it, I'm stuck with a truly ghastly wallpaper that I can't get rid off :oops: .. Help anyone?

Cheers,
Phlip

"...there are no fool-proof methods, fools are much too crafty"

Re: Changing wallpaper should be simple, but...

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:58 pm
by nerd7473
Hey I cant change my wallpaper but try this:

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sudo pcmanfm --desktop-pref
That should allow you to change your wallpaper but if it doesn't then you may be having the same problem I am having...

Re: Changing wallpaper should be simple, but...

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:12 pm
by klricks
nerd7473 wrote:Hey I cant change my wallpaper but try this:

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sudo pcmanfm --desktop-pref
That should allow you to change your wallpaper but if it doesn't then you may be having the same problem I am having...
Do not use sudo...
pcmanfm --desktop-pref
Then go to advanced tab and un-select the only option there.

Re: Changing wallpaper should be simple, but...

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:49 am
by diederik
phlip wrote:my available wallpapers that I had downloaded to ~/etc/alternatives/.
I hope the "~/" part isn't a typo and your wallpapers are indeed in your home directory.
/etc/alternatives/ is meant for sth else entirely and you probably don't want to play around in that directory directly.

Re: Changing wallpaper should be simple, but...

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:17 am
by klricks
diederik wrote:
phlip wrote:my available wallpapers that I had downloaded to ~/etc/alternatives/.
I hope the "~/" part isn't a typo and your wallpapers are indeed in your home directory.
/etc/alternatives/ is meant for sth else entirely and you probably don't want to play around in that directory directly.
Probably the reason that path was mentioned by the OP is that the /etc/alternatives is the location of the default Raspberry Pi logo image file (desktop-background) and a few other wallpapers are there as well. The wallpaper select tool in right click menu will allow you to choose any path and image file for wallpaper.