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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
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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 278 weeks and 1 day ago

bash: xfconf-query: command not found

Using Ubuntu 8.04.2 (Hardy)

Comment by eseven73 278 weeks and 1 day ago

Would be cool to combine with Gnome wallpaper:

http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/2043/change-gnome-wallpaper

Comment by sudopeople 278 weeks ago

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

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 278 weeks 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 277 weeks and 1 day ago

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

Comment by argv 220 weeks and 4 days ago

@argv Cheers and good call.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 220 weeks and 3 days ago

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1275829

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 75 weeks and 5 days ago

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

Comment by lawck 75 weeks and 5 days ago

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