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As stated in the subject line I selected a different background picture but nothing updates even after closing system settings?

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Check what is really written to org.gnome.desktop.background. I see the effect of changing wallpaper immediately. But if I change the background to solid colour, it gets always black:

grey background chosen

I found, that it writes the colour in rgb(...) format to gnome settings:

wrong colour format

If I fix the value format in dconf-editor to #..., I see the right background colour. Setting primary-color to #d0d0d0 helped in my case.

If you cannot select a picture, you can have a look if the actually written path is correct.

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