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    Lightbulb Better Wallpaper Switcher

    After downloading so many awesome backgrounds here, I decided I needed to switch between them hourly. I found a shell script to do it on Michel's page but it gave me errors occasionally and only scanned one directory, so i wrote a new one in Python. I figured someone else might find it useful, so here it is.
    (To make it run hourly, run "crontab -e" and put "01 * * * * python /path/to/ranwp.py" on a new line in it, then save)

    http://divmod.org/users/washort/ranwp.py

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    After downloading so many awesome backgrounds here, I decided I needed to switch between them hourly. I found a shell script to do it on Michel's page but it gave me errors occasionally and only scanned one directory, so i wrote a new one in Python. I figured someone else might find it useful, so here it is.
    (To make it run hourly, run "crontab -e" and put "01 * * * * python /path/to/ranwp.py" on a new line in it, then save)

    http://divmod.org/users/washort/ranwp.py
    Oh wow! I can't wait to try this! I have tons of great ubuntu wallpapers I want to switch between often! Thank you so much!
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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    After downloading so many awesome backgrounds here, I decided I needed to switch between them hourly. I found a shell script to do it on Michel's page but it gave me errors occasionally and only scanned one directory, so i wrote a new one in Python. I figured someone else might find it useful, so here it is.
    (To make it run hourly, run "crontab -e" and put "01 * * * * python /path/to/ranwp.py" on a new line in it, then save)

    http://divmod.org/users/washort/ranwp.py
    quite useful. as kassetra i have a lot of cool wallpapers and i'm unable to choose beetwen them

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    hi, is there any way to get this script to work in xfce?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Quote Originally Posted by rickympl View Post
    hi, is there any way to get this script to work in xfce?

    Thanks in advance.
    There's no real need. If you go into the settings manager -> desktop you'll see you can create lists of wallpapers for XFCE to switch between.

    Once a file as has been set up, adding the command "DISPLAY=:0.0 /usr/bin/xfdesktop --reload" to your crontab as often as you want the wallpaper to change will do the trick. So, for example, the line:

    Code:
    */20 * * * * DISPLAY=:0.0 /usr/bin/xfdesktop --reload >/dev/null 2>&1
    will select a wallpaper at random from your list every 20 minutes.

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Sweet work dash - thanks much. Is better than the other scripts found on the forums. I did have to figure out the "no gconf module" error - I put the Ubuntu server edition on board and built up X, etc. from there. All was needed to add is python-gconf and away we go! Thanks again.

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Sorry I'm a n00b how do I use this?

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    You should follow the instructions "dash" posted,
    "To make it run hourly, run "crontab -e" and put "01 * * * * python /path/to/ranwp.py" on a new line in it, then save".

    If there are other questions you have, and I'll guess at some here, please say so.

    Here are the steps I undertook to make it work:

    1) edited ranwp.py for my system. Read it to see how I changed the path:

    #!/usr/bin/env python

    BACKGROUND_DIRS = ['/home/cmo/Multimedia/wallpapers/']

    2) made a text file I called cron.txt by doing in a terminal

    touch cron.txt

    vim cron.txt (use your favorite editor)

    I entered this to the text file:

    # change wallpaper interval
    */10 * * * * python /home/cmo/Multimedia/wallpapers/ranwp.py

    and I saved it.

    3) I put ranwp.py in /home/cmo/Multimedia/wallpapers/

    4) Again in a terminal:

    crontab cron.txt

    crontab -l (to check it).

    5) Found I had to add python-gconf to the system and did so. How did I discover that? I read the local system mail I set up to alert me. That mail listed the error.

    6) I continue to enjoy "dash"'s work <g>.

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    Hey blacktop would you be able to pm me or msg me on aim at hawks864 and possibly help me out with this?

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    Re: Better Wallpaper Switcher

    titan3169, I'll do PM.

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