Webilder wallpaper changer and Xfce

Mike Massonnet mmassonnet at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 00:49:36 CEST 2010

2010/6/23 Mike Massonnet <mmassonnet at gmail.com>:
> 2010/6/23 Mike Massonnet <mmassonnet at gmail.com>:
>> 2010/6/23 Doug Laidlaw <laidlaws at hotkey.net.au>:
>>> I have compiled Webilder http://www.webilder.org/ and installed it
>>> under Xfce as a GNOME applet.  Everything seems to work except the
>>> screen change.
>>> When I first mentioned this app, somebody (I think Mike) mentioned that
>>> it should be possible to adapt it for Xfce.  I am not sure what changes
>>> are required.  Have I missed a step?
>> Indeed, and I totally forgot about it. If it works with GNOME there is
>> a big probability that it updates the background for Nautilus only.
>> This brings you to two solutions, you write a small daemon that
>> listens to nautilus background changes and apply them back to
>> xfdesktop, or you patch webilder in order to update the xfdesktop
>> background setting in addition to the Nautilus one.
>> But this is just speculation, I'm cloning the repository and will see
>> what I can patch :)
> I tried to install it (it did install fine) but when running it
> manually (or adding the GNOME applet) I get an error (“ImportError: No
> module named PIL”). I'm not sure what it is and really don't want to
> dig.
> I have see it has a config file with two interesting options.
> webilder.wallpaper_set_method and webilder.wallpaper_script.
> You can set the first to "script" and the second to:
> xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s "%f"

Thanks to Christian (for indirectly suggesting me to continue digging)
I have the application webilder_desktop running (0.6.5, the HEAD fails
to download images from Flickr).

The xfconf-query command can be used in the preferences dialog >
advanced which works fine for me. I can provide a patch for only
having to click on "Use Xfce parameters".


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