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A BASH script to download National Geographic's picture of the day (http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day) saving and setting as wallpaper automatically.
#!/bin/bash
# Copyright (c) 2011 Josh Schreuder
# http://www.postteenageliving.com
#
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# IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
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# THE SOFTWARE.
# ********************************
# *** OPTIONS
# ********************************
# Set this to 'yes' to save a description (to ~/description.txt) from ngeo page
GET_DESCRIPTION="yes"
# Set this to the directory you want pictures saved
PICTURES_DIR=~/Pictures
# ********************************
# *** FUNCTIONS
# ********************************
function get_page {
echo "Downloading page to find image"
wget http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/ --quiet -O- 2> /dev/null |
grep -m 1 http://images.nationalgeographic.com/.*.jpg -o > /tmp/pic_url
}
function clean_up {
# Clean up
echo "Cleaning up temporary files"
if [ -e "/tmp/pic_url" ]; then
rm /tmp/pic_url
fi
}
# ********************************
# *** MAIN
# ********************************
echo "===================="
echo "== NGEO Wallpaper =="
echo "===================="
# Set date
TODAY=$(date +'%Y%m%d')
# If we don't have the image already today
if [ ! -e ~/Pictures/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg ]; then
echo "We don't have the picture saved, save it"
get_page
# Got the link to the image
PICURL=`/bin/cat /tmp/pic_url`
echo "Picture URL is: ${PICURL}"
echo "Downloading image"
wget --quiet $PICURL -O $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg
echo "Setting image as wallpaper"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg
# Else if we have it already, check if it's the most updated copy
else
get_page
# Got the link to the image
PICURL=`/bin/cat /tmp/pic_url`
echo "Picture URL is: ${PICURL}"
# Get the filesize
SITEFILESIZE=$(wget --spider $PICURL 2>&1 | grep Length | awk '{print $2}')
FILEFILESIZE=$(stat -c %s $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg)
# If the picture has been updated
if [ $SITEFILESIZE != $FILEFILESIZE ]; then
echo "The picture has been updated, getting updated copy"
rm $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg
# Got the link to the image
PICURL=`/bin/cat /tmp/pic_url`
echo "Downloading image"
wget --quiet $PICURL -O $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg
echo "Setting image as wallpaper"
gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename $PICTURES_DIR/${TODAY}_ngeo.jpg
# If the picture is the same
else
echo "Picture is the same, finishing up"
fi
fi
clean_up
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mynameismosa commented Dec 21, 2017

Hello! Nice script, but there is no description where and how to use!?

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knedlyk commented Sep 24, 2018

Script is old enough and doesn't work properly.

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