Questions about using desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu.

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awesome wm with xubuntu - setting wallpaper resets to default

I am using awesome v3.4.15 (Never Gonna Give You Up) and (X)Ubuntu. My display manager is lightdm. In /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua I've added this line to change my background to a solid color: ...
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disabling changing of desktop background

I currently have ubuntu 14.04 running. I have an admin account and a regular standard account. I'm trying to make it so that the standard user cannot change the desktop background. I'm not sure where ...
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Why does the login screen in 14.04 only change when I set a picture background, but not when I use a solid color?

When I set a solid color as desktop background (like black), which I like far better, then the login screen shows the default purplish picture (warty-final-ubuntu.png). How to I make it also show a ...
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No actual desktop in Ubuntu (but I do have unity launcher displaying) [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu GNOME because that's what I'm used to using with Fedora but I thought I'd give a shot to Ubuntu's default desktop, so I installed ubuntu-desktop via apt but now I have the unity ...
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How to run perl script in background

I am new user to ubuntu... Putting & and in the end is putting the application on background, but not really, it still gives me the output of the perl script in my command line even though it is ...
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mouse is not responding on the desktop

I have just installed variety and some programs one ubunto 14.04 and the mouse stopped working on the background.it does not respond for right and left click .i removed variety but the problem didn't ...
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Access to the terminal while you are on Vim

Is there a way to access the terminal while using Vim? I do not like to open another terminal or save and exit the current terminal.
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How to login to your ubuntu account automatically in background?

I was wondering whether we could login into ubuntu account automatically but stay password protected. In my case, I want my torrent to automatically start when computer boots up. So I need to be ...
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Can't set unity-greeter background on 12.04.1

I used Ubuntu Tweak to customize the login screen. Changed the background settings, so it used desktop wallpaper as login screen background. It worked at first but then I selected a custom wallpaper ...
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Daemonize process with autostart

I have simple script written in Ruby. I'd like to run as a background task (daemon process or service). What is more want to have control over it so that I can start and stop it. It will be perfect ...
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Multiple background scripts in one command

I can run three scripts at once like this: python script1.py ; python script2.py ; python script3.py But when I try to run them all in the background, like this: python script1.py & ; python ...
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how to add extra wallpapers to your desktop in ubuntu GNOME [duplicate]

i have recently switched to GNOME from unity and i just want to know how to add new background in it as it does'nt show the plus sign as shown in unity is there any other way to do it
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Unable to change desktop background using gsettings in Unity [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 14 Unity. I am unable to change my wallpaper from the terminal. Instead of the wallpaper the lock screen pic is changed. I typed this in the terminal by referring this link ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 default wallpaper for all users

I want to be able to change the default background (wallpaper) for all new accounts. Not enforce it after that, but it should be on as default choice. I need to do this on 12.04 with unity and I need ...
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login screen background problem

I installed variety on ubuntu 14.04 and customize login screen support option to set variety wallpaper set as login screen background. i copied my wallpaper directory into ~/Pictures directory and set ...
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In which file directory are the desktop background wallpapers kept? [duplicate]

I'm just here to ask which file directory I can find my desktop background wallpapers in 14.04 so I can copy them onto a USB and take them over to my Windows 8 PC so I can use them there.
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Unity launcher icon boxes missing 14.04LTS 64bit

I just ran across an issue which I have never seen before and I was unable to google anything useful regarding this as well. Basically, after I set my Unity launcher icon size to 32, the icons lost ...
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Desktop background Ubuntu 14.04

I have upgraded from 12.04 to 14.04. I have a problem with my desktop background. I can not change the background picture from system settings. When I click a picture, it will not pick it. When I ...
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Black Spaces in Panels/Windows/Dialog

A lot of windows look have black spaces everywhere like this: However, when I take a screenshot, the black space is replaced with transparency, and the screenshot looks like this: This isn't that ...
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Unknown item on unity desktop - is that a widget, can it be removed?

EDIT SOLUTION: I found the responsible program. The indicator "my-weather-indicator" has a widget option. However, that widget does not function correctly and puts the below described pin/circle onto ...
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Location of default Lubuntu desktop images

I changed my Lubuntu (13.10)'s default desktop background image to an original image. However, I want to go back to the default image, but I can't find where the image is on my computer- this means I ...
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Background picture not showing after editing with dconf-editor

To remove a desktop item (In the process of replacing nautilus with an older version, a "Computer" icon appeared on the desktop), I used dconf-editor to toggle the entry show-desktop-icons in ...
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Gnome-Terminal stretch background image to fit window size

Is there a way to stretch the selected image in my gnome terminal to fit the current window size? Using gnome-session 3.2.1
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How do I change the font colours for grub?

I managed to change the background on the boot screen and now I need to set the font colours to something I can read. I've been lurking around the Ubuntu Forums and the Ask site and I've also tried ...
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Log in screen background different from desktop

Since Ubuntu 13.04, in my laptop, when I choose an image as desktop background from my pictures folder, the login screen remains as the default purple image. To solve that I had to add the image I ...
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Set desktop background from command line over ssh

I am attempting to set my desktop background from the command line in ubuntu 12.04. I am able to do this from the terminal on the actual machine as described here. gsettings set ...
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My Wallpapers are Pixelated

I have downloaded multiple backgrounds over 4000x4000 pixels, and somehow they still end up pixelated when i set them as my background in unity. Why is this happening? EDIT: Here is a screenshot of ...
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Gnome Terminal to have the same color change, based on the background, as Unity?

This is a silly question, but I would like to know if it is possible, as the title says, to make Gnome Terminal on Ubuntu to change its background color (default purple) to a color based on the ...
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Command to change the wallpaper in XUbuntu

Doing a google search reveals the command xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s <image-path> The first time I run this command I got a message saying that ...
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Cannot change login background / Also not auto changing

I have two machines running Ubuntu 13.10. One of the machines is changing the login wallpaper while choosing an account. I would like to have this on the other machine as well. But nothing changes ...
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Setting default ubuntu desktop backgrounds

How to change the default desktop background? A list of background pictures are available in the preference window, but I want to make my own picture as a default wallpaper. What can i do?
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how to leave a picture for background of the grub? [duplicate]

I want to change the background of the grub and leave a picture for it`s black color. is it possible to do this? thanks for your any advance.
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Other backgrounds for tty Concoles?

I have in ~/.bashrc: if [ "$TERM" = "linux" ]; then echo -en "\e]P0232323" #black echo -en "\e]P82B2B2B" #darkgrey echo -en "\e]P1D75F5F" #darkred echo -en "\e]P9E33636" #red echo ...
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How to use custom background picture in Ubuntu 13.10?

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 I can't find a way to chose a custom picture as desktop background. I tried System settings -> Background, but this menu does not provide any file picker or ...
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Desktop is all blurred! Help!

I'm in desperate need of help. I have no idea why my desktop is getting all blurred when I move things around on the screen or move between screens, minimize things, or highlight icons on the ...
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Can't change xubuntu 13.04 background

I've just installed xubuntu 13.04 and when i start xfdesktop-settings i can't add nor change background (note I have 2 screen) I have also tried "set as background" option in the right click menu, ...
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Picture of a spaceship occasionally appears on my monitor when switching monitors

Seriously. No joke. Clean 13.10 install. Not a single picture on my computer. I press F4 to switch over to my external monitor and...what is this?
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Can I found out that somebody killed my process?

I have a script that I start in the background. Few hours later, process is not running anymore. Is there any way to find out that somebody killed my process and that it didn't die by itself? Thanks ...
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Process not running in background

<?php while(true) { set_time_limit(2); $reas ="wake up from sleep!!!!!!!!!! \n "; echo $reas; sleep(5); // $readlen = 0; } ?> I try to run this code. In foreground, ...
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Something wrong with Graphics > window shutter effect

I'm having a problem with what I believe to be something to do with graphics, however, I'm new to ubuntu and cannot figure it out. I do not have a discrete graphics card, and I have un-installed and ...
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Conky has no transparency

Can't find an awnser to this. I have no idea why Conky isn't working properly. Here's a screenshot: Also here's my conky file: ...
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Data structure altered in user login

What data structure gets altered when a user logs in?
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Run a nohup command over SSH, then disconnect

I want to execute a script, start.sh on a remote server which runs this: nohup node server.js & Naively, I call SSH like this: ssh myserver <<EOF ./start.sh & EOF This starts the ...
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How to run Thunderbird in background and pop notification for new mails

Recently installed Ubuntu 12.04, configured Thunderbird email client. But seems like the email client is not working in background(like Rhythmbox). Need to keep running that like other foreground ...
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Login screen stuck as background [duplicate]

Every time i log in my screen goes black then when the background pop's back up its the login screen. I cant do anything about this any help?
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Cairo-dock confiuration GUI has black background and text

At some point in time after installing cairo-dock whenever I go into the configuration screen some of the background is black with black text and I can't read what it says. I tried highlighting the ...
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How do I change the default logon screen in 12.04 [duplicate]

I'm wondering how I would go about changing the default logon screen (just the background) in Ubuntu 12.04. I can't seem to figure it out.
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How to customize the ubuntu gnome 3 desktop?

This is maybe a stupid question, but how can I choose my own background image on ubuntu gnome 3?? I click on Settings -> Background -> then I click on the current background preview to change it but I ...
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custom icon has odd border svg?

I got the default folder .svg from my OS and edited it to add a paintbrush for my artwork folder and I place in in a separate icons folder saved as an .svg when I look at it in the folder it has a odd ...
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Newly opened applications open in background

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 on an ASUS X201EP. Often, when I launch a program (usually chromium or the file manager) it will open in the background, behind the currently opened window. This is very ...