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zufall is a simple program to change the background periodically. It takes one or more directories with images as a parameter (no GUI) and sets a randomly chosen image as background. If there is a border remaining, its color is the average color of two corners of the image. This mostly fits the image very well. It doesn't work if the root window is hidden by another program, like in Gnome or KDE. However, it is possible to execute a configurable command to effect the change whenever the image is supposed to change. A script to do this in Gnome is included.

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Recent releases

  •  26 Jan 2008 00:21

    Release Notes: This releases fixes a single bug where the status information was printed on image change.

    •  27 Dec 2007 21:50

      Release Notes: A man page was added. A wrapper script to change the background in gnome has been included. Zufall is now tested to compile on FreeBSD. A bug in --minsize has been fixed. The license has been changed to the GPLv3.

      •  02 Dec 2006 18:24

        Release Notes: A list of files can now be obtained from stdin. There is a new parameter to ignore images smaller than a specified filesize.

        •  16 Oct 2005 12:36

          Release Notes: The possibility to execute a command on every image-change was added. This makes it possible to set the background in GNOME and KDE (via gconftool2 and dcop). Zufall is now able to load the list of images from a file, and GQview collections are supported. There is a new option to exit after a given number of images.

          •  16 Sep 2005 20:48

            Release Notes: Symlink loop detection and internal changes.


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