Changing the backdrop

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Tue Nov 8 21:34:20 CET 2005

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On 11/8/2005 12:53 PM, Iain Scurrah wrote:
> Hi,
> Many thanks for the hardwork of all involved in the Xfce project. I'm a new 
> convert, (having found out that no desktop icons does not necessarily mean 
> "very scary - let me out please...").
> One hangover from my KDE days though, is a desire to change my backdrop 
> regularly...
> Currently I've got a list of all the photos I want to see sometime as a 
> backdrop and a little script in ~/Desktop/Autostart/
> #!/bin/bash
> while  [ 0 ]
> do
>    sleep 300
>    nice xfdesktop -reload
> done
> Dead simple - and it works well, every 5 mins, I get a new backdrop. 
> The only problem is that it never ends. After Exiting Xfce and re-logging in, 
> either as myself, or as my wife, the script keeps running. I would have two 
> copies of this script running, my wife has one (and she uses KDE (although 
> she wouldn't be able to tell you that)).
> Is there anyway I can get Xfce to kill this script on exiting Xfce? Maybe I 
> could use the session manager to start the (or similar) script when I login, 
> but it would need to kill it on logout...

Hmm, interesting problem.  Easiest (though not cleanest) fix would be to
modify xfce's xinitrc, and run your script (with an & at the end) from
there.  It should get killed properly on session quit that way.  See the
docs for what you need to do to copy and edit xinitrc.


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