Oddities in configuring multiple monitor appearance

Bug #1614788 reported by Kevin O'Gorman on 2016-08-19
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xfce4-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have three HD monitors. When i use the whisker menu -> settings -> Desktop widget, I can set the first two monitors to a number of different backdrop images which are apparently stored in /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops. However, the third monitor has only two choices, and when I try to edit them and navigate to the images, they are greyed out.

I would like an image backdrop on the third monitor too, but that does not seem possible, and this limit does not seem reasonable.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: xfce4-settings 4.12.0-2ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-34.53-generic 4.4.15
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-34-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Thu Aug 18 18:10:35 2016
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-08-08 (10 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Release amd64 (20160719)
SourcePackage: xfce4-settings
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Additional info: the Desktop -> Background widget has a "Folder" selector which can drop down to "other", where it shows the default from which the choices are offered. This selector is ineffective in that all items are greyed out, even the ones in the default directory, and there seems no way to change the folder which the original selector is viewing. However, this sheds some light on why the third monitor is different. It appears to be using a different default, /usr/share/backgounds/xfce instead of /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops. I confirmed this by copying one image to the /usr/share/backgrounds/xfce, and was able to select it.

This is seriously messed up. (1) All monitors should have the same selections. (2) The "Folder" selector should allow one to choose an image in any folder you select, or should not be offered at all.

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