I re-installed my girlfriend's laptop, and upgraded Ubuntu from 7.10 to 9.04.

Now I want to re-install her original desktop wallpaper, but I don't know the name of the picture she had selected.

So where does Ubuntu 7.10 store that information?

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I believe you can find it somewhere in the gconf-editor. Just press alt+f2, run gconf-editor and browse to /desktop/gnome/background. There should be something in there that can help you out. Be careful with it though, you can botch your gnome configuration if you mess around too much.

  • Thanks tj111, found it in $HOME/.gconf/desktop/gnome/background/%gconf.xml
    – sapporo
    Commented Jul 22, 2009 at 18:32

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