Wallpapers reset after reboot - clean install

I noticed that the wallpaper i set on cinnamon is nearly always reset to default, when i use the mint-y theme. I’m on a clean install, several months old. Stable branch, everything updated. The wallpapers are on a removable drive, which is correctly mounted at boot.
Thanks you in advance for the attention.

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I used to have a similar problem, if i recall correctly the system was looking upon booting for the wallpaper before mounting my removable drive, hence couldn’t find drive and went default.

The thing that i can’t explain is that with Adapta theme it doesn’t happen, or at least almost never…

That confirms what @Alchemix said: The Adapta theme is probably more complex and takes longer to load so you don’t have the problem there.

Try this: copy your one single perfect wallpaper to /usr/share/pixmaps and set it from there.

If the problem is gone, put all your wallpapers there as that’s here any system-wide pixmaps go according to the FSH


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From /usr/share/pixmaps it works; lately it works most of the time from the external drive too, maybe something changed after the last update. Btw, the issue started to happen after an update, so i think that there is something behind the scenes…

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Well, as you keep your curtains closed, we can’t look behind the scene, so if /usr/share/pixmaps works, that’s your solution then…


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It’s not that i keep the curtains closed, here is the basic information, if some other info are needed, just ask…

The curtain has been removed: :grin:

You didn’t specify, but I’m guessing the wallpaper is on that mount so no wonder it works unreliably: you should add that mount to /etc/fstab and mount it to /media instead of /run

Shout out if you need help with that!


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Ok, added to /etc/fstab… then at reboot cinnamon restarted in fallback mode, but after another reboot everything seems back to normal.

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a device; this may
# be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices that works even if
# disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
UUID=F27D-3EB2                            /boot/efi      vfat    umask=0077 0 2
UUID=2cdd9729-d081-4f66-a6a6-d810429d0474 /              ext4    defaults,noatime 0 1
tmpfs                                     /tmp           tmpfs   defaults,noatime,mode=1777 0 0
UUID=7C7468E37468A21E                     /media/toshiba ntfs    auto 0 0

It’s good this way?
What is the difference between /media and /run ? I used to mount on the former on ubuntu, but manjaro always mount on the latter…

Does that mean:

  • It works!
  • It doesn’t work…

Please be more specific!


The desktop environment works, and the wallpaper i set remains, for now the issue appears to be fixed, i hope for good! Thanks!

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I don’t know for media (too lazy to check in Linux filesystem guides) but run is a temporary filesystem for your ongoing session, that will reset at next boot.

It’s good for a once usage, not for a permanent one.

Thanks for the answer. I’ve noticed that the run folder is reset after boot, too. But i thought that it was okay, since cinnamon automatically mounted the drive at every boot and it always worked.

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