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XSplash Background Settings

   1.6 (ubuntu karmic)  

GNOME Splash Screen

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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   GNOME 2.x
Downloads:  17572
Submitted:  Nov 6 2009
Updated:  Jan 25 2010

Description:

Background settings dialog for XSplash and the login screen (GDM), providing easy changing of the background image and an optional daemon, that keeps xsplash and gdm background consistent with the desktop wallpaper. Video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPlbE_sUyVg
Depends on: xsplash imagemagick python-gconf python-gtk2 python-gksu2 python-gobject


INSTALL:

  • PPA repository (recommended): ppa:meerkat/stable -> Instructions: https://launchpad.net/~meerkat/+archive/stable
  • DEB package: Download below, just double click

  • After successful installation you need to reboot once for the daemon to run. Open the configuration dialog through System -> Settings -> XSplash Wallpaper Settings or by running xsplash-wallpaper-settings --settings from terminal. Choose your custom background or activate "Use Desktop Background" to keep your XSplash background consistent with your desktop wallpaper.

    Old versions (1.3 and earlier): http://www.google.com/#q="wallpaper_daemon.py"



    CUSTOMIZE GDM:
    You want to use your gtk and icon theme for the login screen? Run xsplash-background-settings --gdm (Note that this only works for system wide installed themes)
    To restore the default ubuntu gdm themes run xsplash-background-settings --restore-gdm



    UPGRADE:
  • from version 1.6 and later: Just install new version.
  • from version 1.3 and earlier: Please follow the uninstall instructions below and install the new version afterwards.



  • UNINSTALL / RESTORE DEFAULT XSPLASH:

    Version 1.6 and later:
    1. Go to System -> Settings -> XSplash Background Settings and choose "Use default background" to restore default XSplash.
    2. Remove xsplash-background-settings through package manager.

    Version 1.3 and earlier:
    1. Remove wallpaper_daemon.py from the startup programs (gnome-session-properties).
    2. Extract your backup file. If you used the install routine this file is called backup.TIMESTAMP (where TIMESTAMP is dynamically generated number) and located at /usr/share/images/xsplash. To get the extraction path right use the following command (you may use the TAB key to complete backup. with the right timestamp number):
    tar -C / -xf /usr/share/images/xsplash/backup.TIMESTAMP
    3. Version 1.0 only:
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/images/xsplash/bg_2560x1600.jpg
    4. restart (dont change your desktop wallpaper before restarting!)



    KNOWN ISSUES:
  • I noticed that on some ubuntu derivatives (such as Linux Mint) the login screen uses a different background image than XSplash. To fix that simply run
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 -t string -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/images/xsplash/bg_2560x1600.jpg
  • If you get the error message Quote:
    Failed to backup default background
    Change settings at your OWN RISK!
    and/or the xsplash background is not successfully change by the settings dialog you may be affected by a known issue with gksu (see the discussion started by zetty on Feb 1 2010). A temporary workaround is to either manually permit permanent user write access to the xsplash image folder: Quote:
    sudo chmod -R a+rw /usr/share/images/xsplash
    or start the settings dialog with sudo: Quote:
    sudo xsplash-background-settings --settings




  • REPORT BUGS / ASK QUESTIONS:
    Of course you may report a bug or ask any question by posting a comment here, but if you have a launchpad account (or dont bother creating one) please use the project page on launchpad (http://launchpad.net/xsplash-background-settings), as it is much clearer arranged and nothing gets lost between pages of comments.
    Report a bug: http://bugs.launchpad.net/xsplash-background-settings/+filebug
    Ask a question: https://answers.launchpad.net/xsplash-background-settings/+addquestion




    TRANSLATIONS:
    The following language files have already been submitted:
  • german (part of 1.6)
  • french by OxayotlTheGreat (part of 1.6.1)
  • spanish by algalord (part of 1.6.1)
  • russian by zetty (not released yet)
  • Many thanks to the translators!



    TESTING:
    New versions are first released in a special testing ppa. If you want to help testing new releases, use the following repository:
    Quote:
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/meerkat/testing/ubuntu karmic main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/meerkat/testing/ubuntu karmic main




    Changelog:

    1.6:
    - config gui
    - localisation (english, german)
    - DEB package




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     spanish translate

     
     by algalord on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    Spanish gettext .po file:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?dlhyohzm2wd


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     :D

     
     by user333 on: Jan 27 2010
     
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    Going to have to try this out! I don't like doing stuff manually.


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     =)

     
     by MastroPino on: Jan 29 2010
     
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    MastroPinoMastroPino
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    Hello mate, ur work are exciting many ppl around the world! I think u have to add, for facilitate ppl that use repository, some specifications. They do not need to open the source.list but is only necessary add sudo add-apt-repository ppa:meerkat/stable (or if they like to test: ppa:meerkat/testing) into a terminal. But like u know ubuntu, is the first distro ppl use when come from windows, for this it's better to tell that they can add repository by System → Administration → Software Source → Other Software Tab → Add → ppa:meerkat/stable

    A star on ur way.


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     some problems

     
     by zetty on: Feb 1 2010
     
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    Hello! Thanks for useful program!
    I used the last version from PPA repository (1.6.1-1) with my Ubuntu 9.10 (kernel 2.6.31-17-generic-pae #54) and experienced some problems.

    After install and reboot, when i run
    zetty@nirvana:~$ xsplash-background-settings --settings
    i get password prompt, and then error -

    Failed to backup default background
    Change settings at your OWN RISK!


    Changing options in program did not affect anything, nothing outputted to terminal.
    But, when executed with sudo:
    zetty@nirvana:~$ sudo xsplash-background-settings --settings
    /usr/share/backgrounds/GrassinA.jpg

    Background is changing successfully.

    After that i tried without sudo again:
    zetty@nirvana:~$ xsplash-background-settings --settings
    /usr/share/backgrounds/Bay.jpg

    Password prompt, no errors, but... bg.jpg is still the same.

    I think that something gone wrong with gksu2, but i don't know how to test it.

    By the way, XSplash background is changed when i toggle radiobuttons, but not when i clicking the 'OK', it's making the 'Close' button a bit useless.
    It would be nice if you can add 'Test' button, so user could see new xsplash without typing sudo xsplash in terminal :)

    PS
    If you are interested in translations, here's Russian .po: http://www.mediafire.com/?ymt2oynz02n


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     Re: some problems

     
     by meerkat on: Feb 1 2010
     
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    1. At the moment i have no idea what might cause the described problems. To test if this is a general issue with python-gksu2 you may run the following command:
    python -c "import gksu2;ctx = gksu2.Context();ctx.set_command('echo \$USER');gksu2.su_full(ctx)"
    This should print "root" on the terminal output.
    2. Actually the radiobuttons need confirmation with "OK", but the custom background selection dialog actively changes the XSplash background which really is a bit inconsistent. I will fix that.
    3. Test button is on the list.
    4. Thanks a lot for your translation, i will include that in the next release.


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     Re: Re: some problems

     
     by zetty on: Feb 1 2010
     
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    zetty@nirvana:~$ python -c "import gksu2;ctx = gksu2.Context();ctx.set_command('echo \$USER');gksu2.su_full(ctx)"
    zetty@nirvana:~$ sudo python -c "import gksu2;ctx = gksu2.Context();ctx.set_command('echo \$USER');gksu2.su_full(ctx)"
    [sudo] password for zetty:
    root

    Don't know why, but seems like gksu2 is not working.
    What else can i do to help you?
    Maybe, something with versions?
    python-gksu2 - 2.25.3-3ubuntu1
    python-gtk2 - 2.16.0-0ubuntu1
    python - 2.6.4-0ubuntu1


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     Re: Re: some problems

     
     by zetty on: Feb 2 2010
     
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    I just tried some another methods, and run works fine for me:

    zetty@nirvana:~$ whoami
    zetty
    zetty@nirvana:~$ python -c "import gksu2;gksu2.run('whoami')"
    root


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     Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by meerkat on: Feb 2 2010
     
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    interesting... seems like sudo is working but su is not. problem is, there seem to be no python bindings for gksu_sudo_full or gksu_run_full (which chooses between su and sudo depending on system configuration). the disadvantage of gksu_run is, that it doesnt allow manipulating the message given in the password dialog. anyway, if this is a common problem i should change it or at least use gksu_run as fallback method if gksu_su_full failes. so, if anybody reading here encounter similar problems, please confirm here!
    in the meantime there is always the workaround to manually permit permanent user write access to the xsplash image folder
    Quote:
    sudo chmod -R a+rw /usr/share/images/xsplash
    or start the settings dialog from terminal with sudo
    Quote:
    sudo xsplash-background-settings --settings


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     Re: Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by bubi on: Feb 4 2010
     
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    I experienced the same as Zetty. I "solved" it before with "sudo chmod -R a+rw /usr/share/images/xsplash", which strangely I had to do again after the last upgrade.

    Also, for some reason, the last option in the list, the "Use desktop background" one, doen't work for me. When I check that it just keeps the last background manually selected, or the default, if I was using the default one.


    Omnia sunt communia.
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     Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by bubi on: Feb 4 2010
     
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    One more thing. It seems like using the daemon just makes my xsplash backround completely white... Can't figure out why. I wasn't planning using, anyway, but it is still strange how it doesn't here.

    BTW, were you thinking of adding a GUI way to change the GMD GTK theme? It would be also nice to add a way of choosing any system-wide installed GTK theme, and not just switching between the default one and the one used once logged in.

    Another suggestion. It would be nice to have a fuctionality to change also the whole theme, not just the background, but also the logo and the throbber. At the moment, this script is useful for making it easier to change the background, but if i want to change the throbber, I still have to do it manually. What do you think?


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     Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by meerkat on: Feb 4 2010
     
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    Thanks for your contribution.
    1. Can you confirm, that it is the same problem with python-gksu2 as discussed with zetty above, namely that Quote:
    python -c "import gksu2;gksu2.run('whoami')"
    prints "root" on the terminal output, while Quote:
    python -c "import gksu2;ctx=gksu2.Context();ctx.set_command('whoami');gksu2.su_full(ctx)"
    does not?
    2. Do you mean xsplash-background-settings upgrade or xsplash upgrade (or rather a general update which might have covered both)?
    3. If you select "Use Desktop Background", click "OK" and change you desktop wallpaper afterwards, does the xsplash background change or not or become completely white?
    4. A nice gui to configure GDM already exists: Quote:
    gksudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties
    Note this bug though: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/459747
    5. https://answers.launchpad.net/xsplash-background-settings/+question/99844



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     Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by bubi on: Feb 11 2010
     
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    1. Yes.

    2. Not sure. I don't remember anymore...

    3. In that case, it doesn't happen anything. Probably because I removed the daemon from my startup apps when I noticed this behaviour... And it seems like it doesn't go back there automatically by selecting "Use Desktop Background". If I turn on again the daemon manually, the background turns just plain and clear white.

    4. and 5. Thank you for the info.


    Omnia sunt communia.

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     Re: Re: Re: Re: some problems

     
     by monthscrapped on: Feb 25 2010
     
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    I'm experiencing the same problems. My existing xsplash image fails to back up at the start, I have to repeatedly enter my password regardless of whether I choose to save it or not, and the program doesn't recognize when I select a new xsplash image to use; it just keeps the default one. (On an unrelated note, it doesn't seem to recognize the space-01 to space-05 images in Karmic's backgrounds folder, presumably because they are hyphenated, which is a shame because they look really neat.)

    I'm afraid I'm not very good with the terminal at all, so if you could make the appropriate changes to the GUI, it would be much appreciated!


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     Old Script (1.3)

     
     by faelbluhm on: Mar 15 2010
     
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    Where is? Not found on launchpad.


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     Re: Old Script (1.3)

     
     by meerkat on: Mar 15 2010
     
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    https://launchpad.net/xsplash-background-settings/trunk/1.3

    link fixed, thanks for the hint


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     Lucid Repository

     
     by dwsalo on: Apr 1 2010
     
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    Could you please add lucid repository? I know that this is beta but it would be nice to have XSplash Background Settings for ubuntu lucid.


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