I3 - Unable to change background

In the i3 config file I have the following line -
exec --no-startup-d feh --bg-scale ~/.i3/background.jpg

This does not set my custom background on startup.
But, executing feh --bg-scale ~/.i3/background.jpg sets my background.

Did you try nitrogen ?

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if you copied from your config, not typed, it’s exec --no-startup-id, ‘id’ not ‘d’

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Oops. Yes I typed it. And yes I mistyped it. It is id in in the config.

maybe not help, try change to
exec --no-startup-id feh --bg-scale $HOME/.i3/background.jpg

also check if you have other exec lines set backgroud too

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