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Every time I try to set an image as wallpaper (right-click on Nautilus and "Set as Wallpaper"), I also get a copy of the image in the same directory (like "Image (copy)"). Why does this happen and how can I prevent it?

This happens when I choose an image located in my ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/ directory but not when it is located in a mounted directory.

I am using Ubuntu 14.04.

  • Nautilus seems to be copying the selected image to a "Wallpapers" directory, at least that is the behavior in 15.04. When you select the wallpaper again, does it come up with a duplicate file error saying something about a "Wallpapers" folder? – Zzzach... Oct 25 '15 at 22:08
  • Indeed, this seems to be the behavior. If I try to set it again, I just get more copies. If I have it in the ~/Pictures, it tries to copy it to the ~/Pictures/Wallpapers. So... we found a bug? – MakisH Oct 25 '15 at 22:14
  • Why would you want to prevent it? Let's say you delete that image, the wallpaper wouldn't change because the backup is still there. – mikewhatever Oct 25 '15 at 22:31
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    I don't want my Pictures directory to have mixed photos, so I have manually created a directory with the name "Wallpapers". So, every time I set a wallpaper from there, I get a copy that I don't need. Moreover, the Wallpaper manager shows pictures only from the ~/Pictures directory (no subdirs), that I consider a bad practice, because I would get a bunch of irrelevant pictures there. I think that Ubuntu should either: 1. copy the wallpaper to a hidden directory 2. or/and allow to select a wallpaper from ~/Pictures/Wallpapers At least there should be a check for existence before copying! – MakisH Oct 25 '15 at 22:40
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    Possible duplicate of How does setting wallpapers work in Ubuntu? – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jun 26 '16 at 9:47
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I found that if you open the file and set it as your wallpaper through the Image Viewer, it won't make a copy.

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