I am using i3wm and I use xfce4-screensaver as my locker program. The reason is that it feels familiar (dialogue to enter password and button to switch user).

xfce4-screensaver comes with 2 things: screensaver and lockscreen. I only care about the lock screen function so I turn off screensaver function.

The program works and whenever my laptop goes to sleep or even hibernate, I would move my touchpad or press a button and then I would get greeted with a familiar xfce login screen to enter my password and resume.

The only problem is that this defaults to a dull, blue background wallpaper. This is not the wallpaper for my desktop, but the wallpaper when xfce4-screensaver runs. So you have the blue wallpaper and the login box.

Is there a way to change this wallpaper for xfce4-screensaver?

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    You haven't provided your OS/release details; XFCE has had many internal changes as it completed its GTK2 -> GTK3 move, and without your OS/release details we cannot know your software stack details.
    – guiverc
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 2:56

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The same issue with xfce4-screensaver was resolved by removing the desktop settings file ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-desktop.xml for me.

The ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf folder stores the settings of the xfconf daemon, which can be viewed with a gui using xfce4-settings-editor. The corruption of settings files may have happened during the update to version 4.16.0 of xfce4-screensaver.

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