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HowTo: Add Wallpapers To Default Cinnamon Backgrounds Folder

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:38 am
by rkabelich
OS: Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit
Cinnamon: 3.0.7
Kernel: 4.4.0-101-generic

Unfortunately user defined background resets to default after kernel-updates, sometimes. So it could be necessary to add the picture you want to use to default-backgrounds.
I did this in Linuxmint Sarah. Hereinafter *sarah* might be replaced with the edition you use.

Copy your picture to the backgrounds-folder using administrative permissions:

sudo cp /path-to-the-origin/your-file.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds/linuxmint-sarah/your-file.jpg

Open the backgrounds configuration file using administrative permissions:

sudo xed /usr/share/cinnamon-background-properties/linuxmint-sarah.xml

Add the following lines to the linuxmint-sarah.xml while replacing the name, filename (without blanks) and artist:

<wallpaper deleted="false">
<name>add a title for the picture here</name>
<artist>your name</artist>

Make sure the lines are placed above:

Save the file linuxmint-sarah.xml

Change your background in the familiar way.