Other awesome background not set

Hi everyone!

I am trying to set the background to my fresh awesome window manager running on a raspberry pi V2.

FreeBSD raspito 11.0-STABLE FreeBSD 11.0-STABLE #0 r309771: Sat Dec 10 06:15:58 UTC 2016     root@releng2.nyi.freebsd.org:/usr/obj/arm.armv6/usr/src/sys/RPI2  arm

I followed carefully the beginners guide on
but when I restart X, the background is not set. Google is already sick of me... :-| trying to find out why...
Does anyone have a suggestion, please?

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Make sure the image file actually exists, the name of the file is correct, and use the full path to the image in the theme.lua configuration file.

For example, if the name of the image file is beastie_rocks.jpg and the file exists in ~/pictures the line to use in the theme.lua file would be:
theme.wallpaper  =  "/usr/home/<your_user_name>/pictures/beastie_rocks.jpg"

that's what I have.
I've noticed thie following info in the console after killing xorg:
W: awesome: xerror:881: X error: request=PutImage (major 72, minor 0), error=BadLength (16)

it seems to me that is related to the issue... What do you think?
One more info about what I did so far:
- The file path is ok;
- I realized that it is not a problem of not being able to change background, but even the default background picture is not even showed.