FS#61997 - [xfdesktop] 4.13.3 - cannot set JPEGs as desktop background

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Jamp (jamp) - Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 20:10 GMT
Last edited by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Friday, 15 March 2019, 00:26 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No



After upgrading to xfdesktop 4.13.3 it is not possible to set the desktop background to JPEGs, GIFs maybe other image formats

Additional info:
* package version(s)
* config and/or log files etc.
* link to upstream bug report, if any

Steps to reproduce:

After restart the background image changed to the default Xfce background. Upon revert to previous version thing got normal again.
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Closed by  Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis)
Friday, 15 March 2019, 00:26 GMT
Reason for closing:  Not a bug
Additional comments about closing:  Slightly unintuitive wallpaper folder selection. Also, loss of wallpaper settings right after upgrading to 4.13 is possible.
Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Thursday, 14 March 2019, 12:18 GMT
Is accountsservice installed on your system?
xfdesktop 4.13.3 stores wallpaper setting in accountsservice now. I don't see it listed as direct dependency.
Comment by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Thursday, 14 March 2019, 15:47 GMT
I don't have accountsservice installed but the background selection doesn't reset for me. Xfdesktop 4.13 should work the same; it just also notifies AccountsService of the new background.

@Jamp: Try going to "Settings -> Settings Editor", right-click on the "xfce4-desktop" channel and select "Reset". Then set a new background and see if it persists or not.
Comment by Jamp (jamp) - Thursday, 14 March 2019, 19:46 GMT
Thank you for your help but both hints do not fix the problem. I installed accountsservice and did reset the xfce4-desktop channel but the system does not allow me even to select the wallpaper I want. All jpegs and gifs appear grayed out. No way to select one of them.


If reset the xfce4-desktop channel and then I change manually the last-image of the workspace 0 to the path of my wallpaper, then my wallpaper is displayed AND I am able to choose others from the same path (they are displayed directly as thumbnails) but it remains impossible to choose other files from other paths.
Comment by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Thursday, 14 March 2019, 22:45 GMT
Files will appear grayed out because you are selecting a folder. After navigating to the folder containing the wallpaper you want, click the "Open" button in the bottom right corner of the dialog. It should then show all wallpapers in that directory and allow you to select the one you want.
Comment by Jamp (jamp) - Thursday, 14 March 2019, 22:50 GMT
The way you suggest works, and I feel a bit dumb.. :-(.. However IMHO it's not a friendly behavior . I would expect to click on a file and then Open, not to click open while viewing a list of grayed out files and folders. Anyway It works this way... Thank you and sorry.
Comment by Evangelos Foutras (foutrelis) - Friday, 15 March 2019, 00:25 GMT
I'll agree that it could be more intuitive. On the bright side, we don't have a bug where the background gets reset upon restart, as I originally thought when reading the report. Losing the wallpaper settings once after upgrading to 4.13 is possible, due to some change in how that setting is managed per monitor or something (sorry, don't know the exact details).

Assuming the wallpaper you've selected sticks, I'm closing this ticket.