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dave wedge Calculating status...
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Jul 1, 2012 1:24 PM

My Wife saved an emailed picture as her desktop.  She deleted the original.  She now wants the pic in iPhoto.  Where is the desktop image saved? 

 

It is NOT in > Library > Desktop Pictures.

 

Thanks, Dave

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to dave wedge)

    I just tried this with OS X 10.5.8 by hitting the + button and selecting an image of mine.

     

    My tests indicate that it puts an alias to the image in:

     

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

     

    It does not move the original image from its location but it does copy it to a database file in:

     

    ~/Library/Caches/Desktop

     

    The cache survives a shutdown but I suspect that you will have difficulty extracting anything from it.

     

    If it came by email I suspect it could still be in any / all of these:

     

    1. the incoming email
    2. the sender's outgoing email
    3. on the incoming email server

     

    I hope this helps

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:30 PM (in response to dave wedge)

    Hi Dave, see if it's like these...

     

    /Users/ThatUser/Library/Safari/Safari Desktop Picture.jpg

    /Users/ThatUser/Library/Safari/Safari Desktop Picture.png

     

    But could be .gif or a few more as far as extensions.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    I cannot see how to do this with my Safari 5.0.6.

     

    I would be grateful if you could explain.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 7:13 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Hi Neville, used to be Right Click would show Use as Desktop Pic, at some point it was moved to the Services Menu... about the point Apple thought the OS should imitate Monty Python's... Now for something completely different !

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 8:42 PM (in response to dave wedge)

    Great news, thanks Dave!

     

    Even better the wife likes you now... past grievences will be forgiven/forgotten for upto 48 hrs!

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 4:02 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    Thanks BDAqua - just tried it with the nearest image I could find and now have a Desktop like this:

     

    Picture 1.png

     

    I checked further and discovered that it updated:

     

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

     

    but did not update:

     

    ~/Library/Caches/Desktop

     

    Perhaps fortunate that Safari does not use a database for these images.

     

    I must remember to ask if email was accessed via a browser.

     

    I still suspect the original is stored in email somewhere.

     

    Good work the pair of you - well done.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 4:28 AM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Strange - I deleted the image in the Safari folder and restarted. It is still my background image!

     

    Plist and image databases show no signs of being changed.

     

    Either hibernate is working or the image is stored elsewhere.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Now that is strange!?

     

    I'd change it again & see if Find Any File>Find all>Files modified in last 2 minutes helps locate it.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 11:15 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    I took your advice with one minute and found it:

     

    /private/var/folders/xb/xb22DX2nE6Gc0mBb+fpjRk+++TI/-Caches-/com.apple.desktoppi cture.42487c4

     

    There are many caches here - most restricted - some quite old - a few appear important.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 2:33 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Ah, it looks like you're on a newer OS than 10.5.x, likely 10.7.x?

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 2:43 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    Picture 1.png

    Picture 2.png

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,800 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 4:48 PM (in response to Neville Hillyer)

    Hmmm, thanks for the info, strange how varied the name & location can be!?

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