[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#324831: xfdesktop4: please change backdrop list's file format

Simon Huggins huggie at earth.li
Mon Sep 5 18:37:59 UTC 2005

On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 12:30:36PM +0200, LENART Janos wrote:
> Package: xfdesktop4
> Version: 4.0.6-1

This is quite old now.  Have you tried the 4.2.x packages from

We can't fix this for stable.

> The current file format for xfce backdrop list is:
> ---cut-here---
> # xfce backdrop list\n
> file1\n
> file2\n
> .
> lastfile-but-no-newline-at-the-end
> ---cut-here---

> I wish it to be changed to be just a simple list, so one can 'ls -1
> >list', e.g. no must-have # comment at the start, and allow newline at
> the end (easier to append, unix custom, etc).
> It should be a near trivial change to src/xfce-desktop.c .

I can take this up with upstream if you like but I think they are
unlikely to change it in a stable series (so you'd be looking at

In 4.2.x at least all you need is:
(echo "# xfce backdrop list" && ls ) >backdrop.list

i.e. the newline at the end doesn't matter.

To be honest, I think you'll just have to live with this format unless
you can persuade upstream that it's important enough to change.


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