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Old 07-08-2004, 09:03 PM   #1
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KDE: How to change the desktop background image without using "Control Center"?


I see that there's a file called "~/.kde/share/config/kdesktoprc" and in that file, there's a line "Wallpaper=" in the [Desktop0] section.

If I change that, my desktop doesn't change right away (for obvious reasons, I'm sure). Is there a way to update it? Am I even going about this the correct way?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 09:11 PM   #2
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Just find a photo you like drag it to the desktop and let it go, and select set as desktop wallpaper.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 09:50 PM   #3
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Just find a photo you like drag it to the desktop and let it go, and select set as desktop wallpaper.
well, I want to automate the process. I can generate an image programmatically & would like to use that image as my desktop. It'd be nice if I could set a cron job or something to do it every so often.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 02:00 AM   #4
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If you are looking to auto-rotate backgrounds, KDE has the option: right click on desktop, then select configure desktop. Under background, select slide show.

It uses some of the same stuff from the control center, but it is not the control center per say.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 01:47 PM   #5
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If you are looking to auto-rotate backgrounds, KDE has the option: right click on desktop, then select configure desktop. Under background, select slide show.

It uses some of the same stuff from the control center, but it is not the control center per say.
thanks for the suggestion, but that won't do it either. the auto-rotate thing only does backgrounds that already exist. I want to create new backgrounds & then use them. I suppose I could just overwrite one of the bg's in the auto-rotate, but that's not the answer I'm looking for. I would like the ability to have it event driven i.e. something happens & my background changes right then in addition to the cron update. I have no problem generating the bg image by events & even modifying the file I mentioned in my first post, but I don't know how to get them to display.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 02:27 PM   #6
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oh, sorry bout that; in that case, xsetbg should do what you need to. do a man on it and you should find what you need.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 05:44 PM   #7
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oh, sorry bout that; in that case, xsetbg should do what you need to. do a man on it and you should find what you need.
that's what I was looking for. Thanks!
 
Old 08-07-2015, 03:20 AM   #8
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Just find a photo you like drag it to the desktop and let it go, and select set as desktop wallpaper.
Well, yes, but...

It doesn't allow you to stretch the pic or fill. Everything I have is apparently tall enough but not wide enough. Other desktops allow me to make it fit. Any suggestions?

Last edited by zaivala; 08-07-2015 at 03:23 AM.
 
Old 08-07-2015, 03:56 AM   #9
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In the "Configure Desktop Settings" window mentioned above, KDE has an option to provide one or more directories. Select a directory and put new wallpapers into that directory.
 
Old 08-07-2015, 02:13 PM   #10
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zaivala and cepheus11

BACK ELVEN ( 11 YEARS AGO ) in 2004
kde4 DID NOT YET EXIST

it was KDE 3.0

and if you thought the Gnome 2 to Gnome3 BATTLE WAS BAD!!!!
the KDE3 to 4 battle was WORSE

the current KDE is VERY!!! different than it was back in 2004
 
Old 08-07-2015, 03:29 PM   #11
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Oh necro thread, now I notice. But I think zavaila's question means KDE4 or 5, and the stretch/fill/tile option is in the dialog i was talking about (right click desktop - workspace settings, or Alt-D and Alt-S when desktop has focus)
 
Old 08-07-2015, 11:27 PM   #12
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Oh necro thread, now I notice. But I think zavaila's question means KDE4 or 5, and the stretch/fill/tile option is in the dialog i was talking about (right click desktop - workspace settings, or Alt-D and Alt-S when desktop has focus)
I'm running LinuxMint 17.1 with KDE, so yeah, I'm running modern KDE. Thanks, cepheus11. I just tried rightclick on desktop, the menu does not have "workspace settings" on it. I tried the Alt-D ... sure and begonia, there is a dropdown for adjusting the wallpaper. Thank you again.
 
Old 08-08-2015, 06:32 PM   #13
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New problem, same issue. I can change my wallpaper, and I can make it fit the screen... but the settings are apparently not saved, and the next time I boot, I get a blank, black screen. How can I get this to stick?
 
  


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