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Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 3.5.x
Downloads:  379
Submitted:  Aug 23 2007
Updated:  Sep 2 2007


Wikiwall is a bash script which will set the "picture of the day"
(POTD) from en.wikipedia.org as your KDE desktop wallpaper.
If you set it to autostart it will give you a new fresh background
as you login in, on a daily basis.
The wallpaper pictures are saved in the /tmp directory, a history of one
week back in time is kept. The script does some basic checking
if wikipedia is reachable and if the wallpaper already is the current one.

Feedback is always welcome, so post a comment or vote if you have an opinion about wikiwall. ;)

Screenshot features a picture of Mont Blanc:
Picture credits: Alexandre Buisse


- Buggfix: fixed set-auto option (thanks again Dorgendubal)
- Buggfix: re-defined it as a bash-script (thanks Dorgendubal for pointing that out!)
- minor buggfix
- updated due to internal changes at wikipedia.
- buggfix for revert option
- added option to revert to yesterdays PTOD. Useage: wikiwall --revert
- added automatic fallback to PTOD from
commons.wikipedia.com if the script fails to fetch one from the en.wikipedia.com
- added option to set up autostart.
- initial release.

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 Another option

 by bufalo1973 on: Aug 24 2007
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There's a service already in commons:


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 another site

 by chandraiitk on: Aug 25 2007
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hey, is it possible to extend this script for other websites, especially Kde-looks.

If it can extract newest/highly-rated/most-downloaded wallpapers automatically and set it as background on daily basis, it would be great.

The wiki site what this script uses doesn't seem to have high-resolution pics and it doesnt look good if set as wallpaper.

Please consider the kde-looks option.


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 Re: another site

 by thuswa on: Aug 28 2007
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Thank you for your comment. Yeah, it seams feasible to do something similar for kde-look.org. I will start looking into that in the next couple of days.

Since wikiwall is just an ugly hack (though it works!), the one for kde-look.org will probably be more or less a new script.

Regarding your comment about low resolutions on the POTD's from wikipedia:
I really have not seen that as a problem, since a majority of the pictures nominated seem to have a resolution larger than (or at least close to) 1600x1200, which should satisfy most screens.

To you using wikiwall: please continue reporting problems or wishes regarding new functionality! (And yeah I will correct the spelling/bad grammar in the next release. ;) )


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 Does not work today.

 by thuswa on: Aug 30 2007
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Seems wikiwall chocked on todays picture, have to create a workaround for days like these. Coming up, do not despair. ;)

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 Re: Does not work to

 by thuswa on: Aug 31 2007
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This issue is fixed. Please upgrade to version 12.

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 sh or bash?

 by Dorgendubal on: Sep 2 2007
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The file is defined as shell script (!/bin/sh) but cannot be executed as is. The script fails on the declaration of arrays SITE[1] and SITE[2] (tested with Kubuntu Feisty). I changed the declaration to make it a bourne shell script (!/bin/bash). It worked then perfectly.

Nice script!

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 Re: sh or bash?

 by thuswa on: Sep 2 2007
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Fixed in v23. Thank you for your help in pointing that out!

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 Re: Re: sh or bash?

 by Dorgendubal on: Sep 2 2007
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Prompt support! Thx

I found another small bug related to "--set-auto". It only works when script is called with full path like:
/home/user/bin/wikiwall --set-auto

When called from directory itself, the link will point to itself
./wikiwall --set-auto
bash wikiwall --set-auto

I didn't find any solution for it. Maybe just notify the user with a warning if $0 starts with '/'.

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 Re: Re: Re: sh or ba

 by thuswa on: Sep 2 2007
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This is fixed now in v24.

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 cannot Attach to DCO

 by SamJ on: Sep 4 2007
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I'm getting an error as below...

ERROR: Couldn't attach to DCOP server!

the picture is being downloaded, and I can manually set it as the background, but it won't autoset, any ideas?

Sam J

Running mandiva and kde3.5

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 Re: cannot Attach to

 by SamJ on: Sep 4 2007
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EDIT - scrap that, worked it out... I was still SU'ed as root... works fine as a user.

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