gconftool -t str -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename "`find /DIR_OF_JPGS -name '*.jpg' | shuf -n 1`"

Set gnome wallpaper to a random jpg from the specified directory

Every time this is run it will change your background picture. For added fun Add some DBUS magic: . $HOME/.dbus/session-bus/`cat /var/lib/dbus/machine-id`-0 export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS and a crontab entry: */5 * * * * above_command_in_script.sh >/dev/null 2>/dev/null now wallpaper changes every 5 mins

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By: cbrinker
2009-10-16 01:17:47

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Nice ;) Just in case anyone is as much of a n00b as me, and wants an exact shell script file content - here it is :) #!/bin/sh . $HOME/.dbus/session-bus/`cat /var/lib/dbus/machine-id`-0 export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS gconftool -t str -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename "`find /home/rowley/Backgrounds -name '*.jpg' | shuf -n 1`" (Also, remember to "chmod +x rotate.sh") Thanks again :)
lx42 · 431 weeks and 6 days ago

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