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Pick a random image from a directory (and subdirectories) every thirty minutes and set it as xfce4 wallpaper

Terminal - Pick a random image from a directory (and subdirectories) every thirty minutes and set it as xfce4 wallpaper
while :; do xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s "$(find <image-directory> -type f -iregex '.*\.\(bmp\|gif\|jpg\|png\)$' | sort -R | head -1)"; sleep 30m; done
2009-04-30 03:09:52
Functions: sleep
Pick a random image from a directory (and subdirectories) every thirty minutes and set it as xfce4 wallpaper

Change your wallpaper every thirty minutes (or however long you like, I suppose) to a randomly selected image in a directory and subdirectories. Bear in mind this is not safe to use if anyone else has write access to your image directory.


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You could use the AWN applet configured so that everytime you want a random wallpaper you just click it and it changes

Comment by wrongloop 311 weeks and 3 days ago

bash: xfconf-query: command not found

Using Ubuntu 8.04.2 (Hardy)

Comment by eseven73 311 weeks and 2 days ago

Would be cool to combine with Gnome wallpaper:


Comment by sudopeople 311 weeks and 2 days ago

@eseven73: Sorry, should have specified it only works with xfce4 4.6.0 or later.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 311 weeks and 2 days ago

This would be cool to combine with wikipedia's lists of wallpaper in their 'Category:Wikipedia featured desktop backgrounds' if you'd use this script to pull down a random new background instead of using a directory.

Comment by leon 310 weeks and 3 days ago

fwiw "while true" is same as "while :" not a huge gain but saves you 3 chars.

Comment by argv 253 weeks and 6 days ago

@argv Cheers and good call.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 253 weeks and 5 days ago


I've just posted an alternative, using crontab (user = lawck). ^_^

in that case, you'd set it as:

sudo crontab -u username -e

and add the following line:

*/30 * * * * /bin/sh

Comment by lawck 109 weeks ago

*/30 * * * * /bin/sh path-to-script

Comment by lawck 109 weeks ago

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