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XSplash Background Settings

   1.6 (ubuntu karmic)  

GNOME Splash Screen

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XSplash Background Settings
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Homepage:  Link
Depends on  GNOME 2.x
Downloads:  17517
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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     thanks.

     
     by mudrain911 on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    ill try it that way but thats essentially exactly what i did... ill let you know how it works!


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     Thank God

     
     by JCRis on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    This is great thanks so much for this! The one thing I hated with Karmic was that crappy spotlight splashy whatever they added. Now Karmic is Perfect!!!


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     May have broke netbook remix

     
     by pezmanlou on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    After running your script (using your instructions), I restarted and the netbook-launcher interface (running on Ubuntu 9.10 32bit netbook remix) wouldn't start. I tried to start netbook-launcher from the command line and found out that it immediately segfaults. Installing your script (which did work) is the only change I made to my system around the time this happened. I went through your uninstallation method and still have this problem. I'm still not sure what is causing this. Do you know of anything this script may have done that is not reversed in your uninstallation instuctions?


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     Re: May have broke netbook remix

     
     by meerkat on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    i really cant image that anything my script does affects the netbook-launcher. i did a quick test on a netbook remix live system and didnt run into any problems (netbook-launcher still works fine) - i couldnt do a restart on a live system though. the only things that are not reverted by my uninstall instructions above are some additional files stored at /usr/share/images/xsplash (namely bg.jpg and the backup file backup.TIMESTAMP) and the user write access to that folder (you may revert that with sudo chmod -R a-w /usr/share/images/xsplash
    please let me know if you solved your problem.


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     Re: Re: May have broke netbook remix

     
     by meerkat on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    i did a second test in a VBox by now and didnt face any problems. if this problem really is related to my script, its at least not a general netbook remix issue.


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     Re: Re: Re: May have broke netbook remix

     
     by pezmanlou on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    I tried the changing the permissions with the command you gave me. I'm still having the problem. Thanks for your help. Now I know that it's unrelated to your script. I really do like the script by the way.


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     Netbook user here...

     
     by chareos on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    Can't wait for a clearer statement about the problem reported above.

    I really want to use this on mine !
    Should've been Ubuntu default !


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     Re: Netbook user here...

     
     by chareos on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    By the way...

    this could be extended to the first, boot image ?
    I mean, the black one with Ubuntu logo glowing.


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     Re: Re: Netbook user here...

     
     by meerkat on: Nov 9 2009
     
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    1. see my statements above
    2. afaik the first bootsplash (with the ubuntu logo on black) is generated by usplash. in that case dynamically changing it would need write access to the /boot folder (or at least the initrd files) which i consider a serious security issue as this exposes the essential files for the boot process. though it might seem unlikely, that someone tries to destroy your boot process by using this security hole (e.g. malware) i think its still an inappropriate risk for a little bit of eye candy.


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     Gray background for a while

     
     by elpraga on: Nov 11 2009
     
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    Hello, this is a great script! Very nice work indeed...

    I have a small issue though, When xplash terminates and before Nautilus loads the background, the background goes gray for some seconds. I did not see the behavior in the default settings though.

    I tried to load the same background at gnome session startup using feh. It is a little bit better, but not smooth as before.

    Do You have an idea how to solve this???

    Thanks.


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     Re: Gray background for a while

     
     by meerkat on: Nov 16 2009
     
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    Well, on my system everything works smooth. Concerning the performance there is no essential difference between using this script and the default configuration (its just an image file), except i spared generating different resolutions. So if you have a low display resolution but use a high resolution desktop background this might cause your problem, but i can only guess. Maybe try a low resolution image to check this.
    If you want to revert to the default configuration, just unpack your backup file as described in the uninstall instructions above.


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     THANKS!!!

     
     by professorfalken on: Nov 12 2009
     
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    This is a great script. The resourcefulness of the open source community never ceases to amaze me!

    The only minor problem I noticed is the wallpaper does not seem to resize to fill the screen. I assumed this was the need for installation of imagemagick. No matter, I can just resize my wallpaper to exact screen resolution in Gimp and pick it. No worries :)


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     Re: THANKS!!!

     
     by meerkat on: Nov 16 2009
     
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    actually imagemagick is needed to convert images to jpg format and the script wont work without it. as for filling the screen, im not sure about xsplash, but at least for the login screen it depends on the rendering option of the user "gdm". To check it, run
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --get /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options
    from terminal.
    To change it, run
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options zoom
    You may replace "zoom" with another valid value like "none", "wallpaper", "centered", "scaled" or "stretched".


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