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What desktop environment/window manager are you using?
If you are using a window manager, it's fairly easy. In Fluxbox, I use the fbsetbg command to change them every 15 minutes. I adopted this from an old FVWM script and call it when starting Fluxbox. (I change the wallpaper directory in December.)
while true; do
fbsetbg -a -R ~/homebackups/frankbell/wallpapers
# fbsetbg -a -R ~/files/Christmas
You could also use feh and, with some window managers, wmsetbg (fbsetbg is based on it).
I haven't tried to do this with desktop environments; it's likely more difficult because they want to control wallpaper themselves.
# Important: maintain quoting in your variable data
# You can save old data with # comments as in examples below
#JPGDIR="/initrd/mnt/dev_save/jpg_in" # don't use trailing backslashes
#INTERVAL="5000" # in seconds, integers only are allowed
JPGDIR="/usr/share/backgrounds" # don't use trailing backslashes
INTERVAL="5184000" # in seconds, integers only are allowed 5184000 should be 24 hours
Lose the tilde and it should work if you're running Fluxbox. I haven't tried it with any other window managers. If it doesn't work, dig deeper into /usr/share/backgrounds--there might be subdirectories.