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
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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2009-04-30 03:09:52

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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
wrongloop · 477 weeks and 1 day ago
bash: xfconf-query: command not found Using Ubuntu 8.04.2 (Hardy)
eseven73 · 477 weeks and 1 day ago
Would be cool to combine with Gnome wallpaper: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/2043/change-gnome-wallpaper
sudopeople · 477 weeks ago
@eseven73: Sorry, should have specified it only works with xfce4 4.6.0 or later.
TheMightyBuzzard · 477 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.
leon · 476 weeks and 1 day ago
fwiw "while true" is same as "while :" not a huge gain but saves you 3 chars.
argv · 419 weeks and 4 days ago
@argv Cheers and good call.
TheMightyBuzzard · 419 weeks and 3 days ago
*/30 * * * * /bin/sh path-to-script
lawck · 274 weeks and 5 days ago

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