LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Desktop
User Name
Password
Linux - Desktop This forum is for the discussion of all Linux Software used in a desktop context.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 08-22-2009, 06:49 AM   #1
catkin
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Distribution: Servers: Debian Squeeze and Wheezy. Desktop: Slackware64 14.0. Netbook: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 8,551
Blog Entries: 28

Rep: Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176
[SEMI-SOLVED] Wallpapertray not working on Xfce


Hello

Getting started with Xfce and liking it well so far but wallpapertray is not working. It's running OK and changing wallpapers (as show in the system notification area) but the desktop wallpaper does not change.

Is it a Gnome-only application?

Edit:

It started working after running nautilus (unintentionally by running a desktop launcher).

This is a semi-solution solution because the desktop right click then produces the Gnome/nautilus context menu, not Xfce's.

Tentative conclusion: wallpapertray is a nautilus-only application.

Best

Charles

Last edited by catkin; 08-23-2009 at 02:38 PM.
 
Old 08-24-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
2 ways...

1) xfce menu -> settings -> Desktop

XFCE menu is the mouse on the taskbar

2) right click desktop -> applications -> settings -> desktop

If it doesn't change something is mis-configured. If you just updated try deleting the .config directory in your home folder and logout/login again.
 
Old 08-24-2009, 02:24 PM   #3
catkin
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Distribution: Servers: Debian Squeeze and Wheezy. Desktop: Slackware64 14.0. Netbook: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 8,551
Blog Entries: 28

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176
Thanks mushroomboy

After following either of those ways to get "Desktop Preferences", what should I set? Presumably select (tick) "show Image" on the Appearance tab and then set what in File? Right now it's the default /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops/xfce-smoke.png.
 
Old 08-24-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
You can use a picture from any folder, just press the + button for add image and browse to where the image is you want.
 
Old 08-25-2009, 07:23 AM   #5
catkin
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Distribution: Servers: Debian Squeeze and Wheezy. Desktop: Slackware64 14.0. Netbook: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 8,551
Blog Entries: 28

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176
Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
You can use a picture from any folder, just press the + button for add image and browse to where the image is you want.
Understood but how to make it pick up the changing picture set by wallpapertray? I've looked for where wallpapertray might be copying the wallpapers to and can't find it. Not surprising because it wouldn't be a very elegant solution. Maybe wallpapertray pumps the picture to Nautilus over d-bus ... ?
 
Old 08-25-2009, 07:26 AM   #6
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
Idk =( I don't use wallpapertray, I just use the xfce settings. Nautilus and xfce? xfce's default file browser is thunar...
 
Old 08-25-2009, 07:47 AM   #7
catkin
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Distribution: Servers: Debian Squeeze and Wheezy. Desktop: Slackware64 14.0. Netbook: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 8,551
Blog Entries: 28

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176
Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
Idk =( I don't use wallpapertray, I just use the xfce settings. Nautilus and xfce? xfce's default file browser is thunar...
Thanks for trying Yes, Thunar is the default Xfce file manager but you can (amazingly, as I found out by accident) have nautilus run the desktop (just the wallpaper bit, leaving Xfce running the panels etc. and using Thunar as the file manager) and this has the effect of a (imperfect) workaround for wallpapertray not working with Xfce.

I don't want to go there and only mentioned it because wallpapertray started working for me and I posted about it before figuring out how it worked.

So it looks like wallpapertray is a nautilus-only application and it's time to try something else for that eye-candy. Drapes, maybe.

The fact that you can simultaneously run Thunar and nautilus under Xfce indicates how successful freedesktop.org have been at promoting componentisation and standardised interfaces.
 
Old 08-25-2009, 07:56 AM   #8
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
Oh I know you can run both, as you can get kde libs and run whatever kde runs... I just was suprised you'd run nautilus under xfce =S I wouldn't, it installes extra libs =S but I guess that's the beauty of WMs =P
 
Old 08-30-2009, 12:09 PM   #9
catkin
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Dec 2008
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Distribution: Servers: Debian Squeeze and Wheezy. Desktop: Slackware64 14.0. Netbook: Slackware 13.37
Posts: 8,551
Blog Entries: 28

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176Reputation: 1176
Xfce does not need any extra packages to dynamically change wallpapers (called backdrops in Xfce). Solution posted here.
 
  


Reply

Tags
gnome, xfce


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
keyboard volume controls not working in xfce 4.6 BCarey Slackware 3 02-16-2010 01:29 PM
XFCE Terminal not working kr4ey Slackware 12 10-29-2007 04:16 PM
xfce not working Ruhar Slackware 1 01-22-2007 06:17 PM
Gnome not working after installing Xfce danishmr Ubuntu 1 10-14-2006 02:31 PM
Alt+F2 not working in XFCE stychman Linux - Desktop 0 08-15-2006 07:19 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:33 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration