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Perl solution
Authored by: robh on Mar 20, '01 10:20:54AM

hold off using my script. After using it a few times it stops working - the kill signal to restart the Desktop process will eventually fail with the desktop error 'The system has detected a minor problem and repaired it. Some of your preferences may have changed'.

Anyone know of a way to talk to the Desktop (aka Finder) ?. I did some research into Applescript but couldn't locate anything that'd tell the process to refresh the root window. It's possible to communicate with Desktop with this ...
/usr/bin/osascript 'tell application "Desktop" to XXXX'
but I can't work out what instruction (XXXX) to give it.

I also prefer the other poster's suggestion of changing the picture file instead of the .finder prefs. It's easy to change my Perl script to do that, but there's still a need to find a way to tell Desktop to do the refresh.



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