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

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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