Not able to set Wallpaper/Background in intrepid

Bug #317597 reported by WebBuddha on 2009-01-15

This bug report was converted into a question: question #57594: Not able to set Wallpaper/Background in intrepid.

Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
meta-gnome2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome

When ubuntu opens and accepts my logon credetials I see the background I have selected for a very brief period then the desktop reverts back to a solid color or gradient.. Depending on how the colors were set up for a specific background. Really strange it is. I can bring up the change background dialog and select different backgrounds. The only thing that changes is the background color and a picture is never displayed.
My resolution is 1680x1050.

I've checked the gconf-editor already and the option /desktop/gnome/background/draw_background is "checked".
I've also checked my gconf.xml file and found this part: <entry name="draw_background" mtime="1230064565" type="bool" value="false">
So I've changed the option value to "true" and I rebooted, but nothing changed.

I'm hopefull to get a solution here.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Changed in meta-gnome2:
status: New → Invalid
kozlovda (kozlovda-register) wrote :

Guys, I'll be a bit aggressive, so excuse me in advance :-[ .

THE REPEATABLE APPLICATION MISBEHAVIOR IS INDEED a BUG TOO (any QA or app. developer will tell you the same ;-) ). Not only the crush reason is a bug as it's implicitly assumed in

There is NO WORKING SOLUTION offered yet to resolve this issue.

As for now after Pedro redirected the bug to support center NO ONE SUGGESTED ANY SOLUTION yet. Furthermore the question is already expired (more than 15 days passed). This naturally makes concerned people like me and bug-reporter really unhappy with support :-(

PLEASE PAY at least a little ALIVE HUMAN ATTENTION to such bug-reports. I believe that Pedro's comment is automatically generated upon some condition check (e.g. no dump-file attached).
>> Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report
If you try google search on the comment text, you can find it to be a common bug cancellation text.

My 50 cents to help find out the bug source:
I have Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid (386).

1. I've updated kernel to
2. I used VNC to access ubuntu desktop (some settings could affect accessed desktop background).
3. I used RDP from ubuntu to access Windows desktop (I doubt whether this could relate to the issue)
4. Desktop could accidentally be rebooted due to power supply interruption.

P.S.: sorry for being a bit aggressive :) just wanted to attract an attention to the issue.

Thank you.

Kindly regards,
Dmitry Kozlov.

kozlovda (kozlovda-register) wrote :

Solved in my case (the usual '/desktop/gnome/background/draw_background' option changed affected the desktop). For additional information you can refer to Question #61910 "FW: Not able to set Wallpapaer/Background in Ubuntu Intrepid".

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