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I was in the appearance settings and I added some of my own custom wallpapers.

It was all good, until I went back later only to find that all of the images I have imported where gone.

Every time I added them, they would disappear upon reopening of the appearance settings.

Is there any way I can fix this?

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How did you add the pictures? – Mitch Jul 2 '12 at 5:22

If in appereance settings you manually added a custom background from a folder that is not your pictures folder you will only see it in the list the time you choose it. But it will keep being your desktop backgroud. I don't know if this is intented to be like this, but I guess it is.

If you want the appereance preferences dialog to load automaticaly your images, you have to store them at your personal pictures folder.

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You cant add pictures as u like but if you wish i'll teach you a trick. Open terminal Ctrl+Alt+T and run following command :

  1. Open nautilus as root

    sudo nautilus
  2. Rename your pictures to the same names of the pictures founded in /usr/share/backgrounds directory.

  3. Copy the pictures(modified names) you want to add to the directory /usr/share/backgrounds.

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