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Whenever I startx, I get this error message from fbsetbg.

fbsetbg: Something went wrong while setting the wallpaper. Run 'display -geometry 1280x1024+0+0 -wn xterm to find out what.

This confuses me because my wallpaper is actually displayed after this message just fine.

Here is my .xinitrc which uses fbsetbg:

xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
fbsetbg ~/pics/peace.jpg
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Can you provide the output of 'display -geometry ...' too? – Michael Foukarakis Sep 15 '09 at 10:30
Please post anything interesting out of your /var/log/Xlog.0.log file. – kmarsh Sep 16 '09 at 12:29
just to state the obvious: did you "run 'display -geometry 1280x1024+0+0 -wn xterm to find out what."? – akira Oct 4 '09 at 20:15
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fbsetbg is a wrapper program for trying to set your background. It tries to do what you mean, not what you say. You're supposed to use one of -fctaFCTA with a file. How about: fbsetbg -f ~/pics/peace.jpg

Try man fbsetbg

Also, what's your DISPLAY environment variable set to?

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