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    How do I update my backgrounds?

    I recently downloaded some 400 wallpapers for my background. I downloaded them into my Downloads folder. From there, I copied them via the terminal to my /usr/share/backgrounds/ folder using

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    sudo cp ~/Downloads/* /user/share/backgrounds/
    Then when I went to select my backgrounds via the change background option under desktop options, none of them were there. So I figured a restart would update the backgrounds list (if there is one) ..... but that didn't work. So I just used the 'add' button on the background selector window and added my /usr/share/backgrounds/ images from that location. They are now in the background list but I was wondering......

    Is there a better way to have the backgrounds list (if there really is one. maybe it is a database of some sorts) update/refresh to include the newly added backgrounds in the folder?

    I am afraid that I might have duplicates being that I selected ALL of the images in that folder, and some of them already exsisted previously.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance!!

    -Spydey

    P.S. the only files/directories in my Downloads folder were the background images.

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    Re: How do I update my backgrounds?

    This part is the problem /user/share/backgrounds/, should be /usr/share/backgrounds/.

    It's /usr, and not /user.

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    Re: How do I update my backgrounds?

    my bad, it was a typo. the location that I really did put them in is usr, not user. It was just a typo on my end. sorry.

    Anyway to update the backgrounds?

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    Re: How do I update my backgrounds?

    Right-clicking on the Desktop -> Change Background, then clicking and dragging the images into the window sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Re: How do I update my backgrounds?

    The list of files that appear in the background tab of the Appearance window are in ~/.gnome2/backgrounds.xml. The only way I know of getting 400 new ones into that file is to drag the images as ibuclaw describes, or edit the xml file yourself.

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    Re: How do I update my backgrounds?

    Another option is running a wallpaper changer application (e.g. DesktopNova), as these usually allow you to define custom wallpaper directories.

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