Some wallpaper/backdrops ideas

Reported by GridCube on 2011-06-22
This bug affects 3 people
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xfdesktop4 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On xubuntu the default folder for "Backdrops" is /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops this folder is not explained when one opens xfdesktop-settings, and even if one tries to add wallpapers to the presented list they will only remain as long as being used, if one chooses a "backdrop" (why not wallpaper?) thats not on the list, and then chooses another, the previous one will not be in the list the next time we open the settings manager.

I've been thinking on ways to avoid this confusing problem...

Maybe having such folder symlinked to something like ~/.confing/backdrops (or ~/.config/wallpapers) will allow users to fastly find such folder, and then add their own, maybe if the folder ownership is given to all, and the default wallpapers to root?

maybe changing the way xfce stores its wallpapers/backdrops?

Maybe turning xfdesktop-settings list into a text file kind of list? not depending on the contents of only one folder?

maybe adding a new folder on ~/ whit the users wallpapers, and other on the default folder for the rest of the users? and making xfdesktop-settings see both?

And talking about wallpapers, what about the default webbrowser for xubuntu (firefox), from which you can theorically set your wallpaper, but in the practic just copy the image on ~/ whit the name "firefox wallpaper.format", what if that image went directly to the wallpaper folder (our theoretic ~/.config/backdrops) whit date/hour stamps? so even if you can't autoset the wallpaper from firefox you can still choose it from the list?

i think the best way would be to change the way xfdesktop-settings lists its wallpapers, adding just another folder to the list, one being the standard default /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops and the other being ~/.config/backdrops.

just my opinion, thanks a lot for reading and have a nice day.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: xubuntu-default-settings 10.04.8
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-32.62-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-32-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Jun 22 18:32:58 2011
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: xubuntu-default-settings

GridCube (gridcube) wrote :

Marking this as wishlist, it would be nice to be able to find the wallpapers without having to remember such a difficult path or searching the entire /usr directory each time.

Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Simon Steinbeiß (ochosi) wrote :

i second this request, i agree that the wallpapers could be handled more gracefully.

Lionel Le Folgoc (mrpouit) wrote :

This should be discussed upstream though.

affects: xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu) → xfdesktop4 (Ubuntu)
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