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xfce

  • set gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /path/to/image.jpg
  • list xfconf-query --channel xfce4-desktop --list

lxde

  • set pcmanfm --set-wallpaper="/your/background/file"

kde

  • dbus (?)

gnome 3

  • set gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri "file:///home/user/background.jpg"
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