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#1 2020-08-20 20:23:11

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Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Hi there folks!

I utilize nitrogen in a script run on 10 minute intervals to transition random bg images and I read the man page for nitrogen and there doesn't seem to be an option available for this.  I was just wondering if there's an option for us that will allow a fading transition of some sort between backgrounds?

Thanks for your time!

Script:

#!/bin/bash

export DISPLAY=":0"

DIR="/home/schwim/Remote/MEGA/images/desktop"

PIC=$(ls $DIR/*.jpg | shuf -n1)

nitrogen --set-zoom-fill $PIC

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#2 2020-08-20 22:08:52

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

You can't fade but you can use feh to rotate backgrounds. See man feh - BACKGROUND SETTING.


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#3 2020-08-21 15:11:07

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Thanks damo.  I did a bit more searching and playing around with feh, nitrogen, imagemagick etc but it seems that I'm asking a bit much of the openbox environment.  I think I'm best just accepting the abrupt swaps.

Thanks very much for your time!


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#4 2020-08-21 16:11:17

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

glslideshow from xscreensaver package ?

Not tried myself but heard it will do it.

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#5 2020-08-21 19:06:09

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

There is also variety in the Debian stable repo, which doesn't have fades, but does have various filters which can be applied.


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#6 2020-08-21 21:11:46

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

I did find variety via this page and will give it a whirl along with the others.  Can't hurt to try as I can always roll back the VM if anything goes awry.


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#7 2020-08-22 07:23:05

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

JCN-9000 wrote:

glslideshow from xscreensaver package ?

Not tried myself but heard it will do it.

This.
Most screensavers from xscreensaver have a -root option.
They can be called directly; IIRC the directory they reside in is even added to PATH, if not, it was something like
/usr/lib/xscreensaver/glslideshow
(a simple 'dpkg -L xscreensaver' will tell you where they are)
They even have man pages.
A command line can be constructed & added to autostart.


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#8 2020-08-23 15:12:52

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

I played around with glslideshow a bit and I found that at least in my environment, it's a terrible solution. Tint and conky both have issues regaining visibility, anything under conky doesn't display bg, etc.   I'm sure I could invest hours in reading man pages and Googling but I think if I need a fading transitions that badly, I'll just see if one of the other deb flavors will run well in a VM.


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#9 2020-08-23 16:05:06

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

I'm about to download and test it, Variety. I don't know if it has fades...

https://packages.debian.org/buster/variety

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#10 2020-08-23 16:10:13

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Yes, this is the shizznit. I'm on buster Cinnamon ATM so your mileage may vary, but after installing it and feh I have a beautiful fade transition to the next wallpaper, and it has lots of settings options. 10/10 would recommend Variety.

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#11 2020-08-23 16:34:10

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Oh, hell yes! The clock option lets you customize the font. Pic or it didn't happen...

Screenshot-from-2020-08-23-12-34-37.png

Font size, too...

Screenshot-from-2020-08-23-12-43-59.png

I love the systray icon. Don't like a wall? Next!

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#12 2020-08-23 17:43:35

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Configure the clock and date formats (switch to 12hr if you're an American, for example) in ~/.config/variety/variety.conf...

https://peterlevi.com/variety/2012/11/c … the-clock/

I'm going to be a dick here... tongue

Y'all's search engine skills suck. This was the first result I got for "Debian wallpaper slideshow with fade"...

https://askubuntu.com/questions/134/how … -slideshow

Screenshot-from-2020-08-23-14-15-03.png

The clock changing time is lickable.

-edit- Added a one-line conky...

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#13 2020-08-23 20:37:55

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Right, I can't get it to work in BL. The systray icon is there and the preferences window opens and appears to work, but no slideshow.

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#14 2020-08-23 20:58:32

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

hhh wrote:

The clock changing time is lickable.

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#15 2020-08-23 21:16:27

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

So maybe this solution from @ohnonot and @snap for Openbox?

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=704

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Feh Slideshow
Name[en_US]=feh-slideshow
Name[es_ES]=feh-pase de fotos
GenericName=Image viewer
GenericName[en_US]=Image viewer
GenericName[es_ES]=Visor de imágenes
Comment=Fast Imlib2-based Image Viewer
Comment[es_ES]=Pase de fotos con Feh
Exec=feh-browser %f -F -Z -x -q -Y -D 3 .
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=/usr/share/icons/cab_view.png
Categories=Graphics;2DGraphics;Viewer;
MimeType=image/bmp;image/gif;image/jpeg;image/jpg;image/pjpeg;image/png;image/tiff;image/x-bmp;image/x-pcx;image/x-png;image/x-portable-anymap;image/x-portable-bitmap;image/x-portable-graymap;image/x-portable-pixmap;image/x-tga;image/x-xbitmap;

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#16 2020-09-02 17:57:44

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

So you don't even need Variety with Cinnamon, Cinnamon has a built-in fading slideshow available in its "Background" settings GUI. Install Cinnamon on lithium/buster with...

sudo apt install cinnamon

... and see what you think.

https://packages.debian.org/buster/cinnamon

Lockscreen scrot...

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic … 76#p105976

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#17 2020-09-08 14:18:24

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Re: Any alternative to nitrogen that will allow fading transition of bg?

Hi there folks and thanks very much for the help!  I'll give the modifications suggested a shot and report back!


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