gconf wallpaper "picture_opacity" setting has no effect

Bug #677280 reported by Victor Zamanian on 2010-11-19
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I found a setting in gconf-editor:


The default is set to 100, but changing the value doesn't seem to have any effect. If I set it to e.g. 50, I expect the wallpaper to be half transparent, showing whatever is underneath, respecting the colors I've chosen for


and the value chosen for


Those last three values work as expected, but I only see a background color if I disable the background picture. I cannot see any background color just by reducing the opacity of the background picture.

Using Ubuntu 10.10, GNOME 1:2.28+1ubuntu4, gconf-editor 2.32.0-0ubuntu1. Not sure which package this would be in.

description: updated
tsg1zzn (tsg1zzn) wrote :

I guess translucency is not supported, and the bug is that the key is there at all.

affects: ubuntu → nautilus (Ubuntu)
Victor Zamanian (victorz) wrote :

Ah. :/ Would've been a neat feature.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the report, it has been some time without any response or feedback in this bug report and we are wondering if this is still an issue for you with the latest release of Ubuntu the Natty Narwhal, May you please test with that version and comment back if you're still having or not the issue? Please have a look at http://www.ubuntu.com/download to know how to install that version.Thanks in advance and sorry for the late response.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Victor Zamanian (victorz) wrote :

Changing the value to 25, or even 0 (zero), has no effect. After the change, I tried restarting nautilus (nautilus -q) and the desktop refreshes but the background picture stays fully opaque.

I am running Ubuntu 11.04.

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Setting this to Confirmed as it also affects me on Natty, and the reporter has also answered the last question, about whether it does still affect Natty.
Ubuntu Bug Squad volunteer triager

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Haitao Li (lht) wrote :

The only reference of the "picture_opacity" gconf key is removed by below commit from Nautilus. Maybe this is not a bug (or feature request) of Nautilus.

commit 66cd22c908cc73954fad3e261d28ae6a05ea1bc2
Author: Cosimo Cecchi
Date: Sat Oct 9 15:39:14 2010 +0200

    background: refactor code into NautilusDesktopBackground

    Remove the DirectoryBackground->EelBackground->GnomeBG abstraction and
    add a new object, NautilusDesktopBackground, which is a thin wrapper
    around GnomeBG, which takes care of handling background changes.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

gconf has been deprecated, closing that bug

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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