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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
Minimum required   GNOME 2.x
Downloads:  17565
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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     Does not work

     
     by AliasNameless on: Dec 3 2009
     
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    Orange pattern instead wallpaper
    Im run script in consol, and try tu chenge wallpaper.
    log below
    =======================================
    alexey@alexey-netbook:~$ python wallpaper_daemon.py
    daemon started
    /usr/share/backgrounds/Bay.jpg
    /bin/sh: convert: not found
    /usr/share/backgrounds/MistyMorning.jpg
    /bin/sh: convert: not found
    /usr/share/backgrounds/Climbing.jpg
    /bin/sh: convert: not found
    /usr/share/backgrounds/Shoes.jpg
    /bin/sh: convert: not found
    /usr/share/backgrounds/Bay.jpg
    /bin/sh: convert: not found
    =======================================
    This is great script. Am realy want.
    Please help!



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     Re: Does not work

     
     by meerkat on: Dec 3 2009
     
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    the script depends on imagemagick, just install that and it should work:
    sudo apt-get install imagemagick


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     Re: Re: Does not work

     
     by AliasNameless on: Dec 4 2009
     
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    Thanks, its work!


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     the script run but don't stop

     
     by Tarlak on: Dec 16 2009
     
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    Hello,

    i've install imagemagick.

    But the script seems to run and don't stop.

    When i launch in consol : ./wallpaper_daemon.py --install

    it say :
    Installation done
    daemon started

    and then nothing else but i don't have the prompt again.

    I look in /usr/share/image/xsplash

    I need to made a CTRL + C to stop it

    And of course the picture doesn't change


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     Re: the script run but don't stop

     
     by meerkat on: Dec 16 2009
     
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    the script is meant to dont stop, because its a daemon (background process), that monitors if the user changes his desktop background and changes the xsplash background accordingly. So if you dont kill the process with CTRL + C and change your desktop background, the xsplash background will change as wanted.
    To achieve that behavior without starting the script manually, just follow the install instructions till end:
    3. Add wallpaper_daemon.py to the startup programs (gnome-session-properties).
    4. restart


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     Re: Re: the script run but don't stop

     
     by Tarlak on: Dec 16 2009
     
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    Thanks, i found why my wallpaper doesn't became the xsplash one, because i change my wallpaper before the installation of the script :)

    It's good now thanks :)


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     Installing via DEB

     
     by Shnatsel on: Dec 30 2009
     
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    Is there any way to install this script via DEB package? I'm going to use it in my Ubuntu remix, and I think it would be quite handy to have it in Ubuntu repository too.


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     Re: Installing via DEB

     
     by meerkat on: Dec 31 2009
     
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    well, its certainly possible to package the script as DEB file. however i have no experience in creating DEB packages, but ill have a look at it (unless someone experienced volunteers).


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     Re: Re: Installing via DEB

     
     by Shnatsel on: Dec 31 2009
     
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    I'm familiar with basic packaging with debhelper, even into debian source code packages, which is required for Launchpad PPAs, but I'm completely unfamiliar with Pyhton. There's one problem with packaging: DEBs are always installed with root privileges, so we need to choose a user whose wallpaper will be used as XSplash. This probably can be prompted, but then we need some complex dialog called from bash script, and, AFAIK, that's impossible without external modules. Maybe it can be achieved through involving Python in configuring.


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     Re: Re: Re: Installing via DEB

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 12 2010
     
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    i did some reading about packaging DEBs and avoided some rising installation issues by creating a config gui. i managed to wrap that up as DEB (see second download link above). anyway its still a hack, requiring user access to a system folder. though thats not a serious security issue as it just contains the images for the splash screen, this might not be suitable for an ordinary distribution or repository.


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     Re: Re: Re: Re: Installing via DEB

     
     by Shnatsel on: Jan 13 2010
     
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    Neat! I'll test this as soon as I can.


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     Does not work here

     
     by tinonino on: Jan 1 2010
     
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    Doesn't work for me. I tried a few times with no result. Dependencies are installed and when I execute the daemon and change the wallpaper same way than the video, it gives me this on terminal:

    /home/tinonino/Imágenes/wallpapers/test_wallpaper.png
    convert: unable to open image `/usr/share/images/xsplash/bg.jpg': Permission denied @ blob.c/OpenBlob/2439.
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_800x600.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1024x768.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1280x800.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1280x1024.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1440x900.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1680x1050.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: creando el enlace simbólico «bg_1920x1200.jpg»: Permiso denegado
    ln: no se puede borrar «bg_2560x1600.jpg»: Permiso denegado

    creando el enlace simbólico = creating symbolic link

    Permiso denegado = Permission denied

    no se puede borrar = it cant be deleted

    So I tried executing the python script as su, and no more errors appears, but when I check if it's ok using "sudo xsplash" the standard kubuntu background appears.

    I'm using Ubuntu Netbook Remix Karmic in eeepc 1005ha-m, with 1024x600 resolution.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    By the way, really nice your work. I would like to enjoy it.


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     Re: Does not work here

     
     by tinonino on: Jan 1 2010
     
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    Forget it. I didn't type the --install argument.

    Soz for it. It's really pretty ;)


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     Translated to spanish

     
     by aOliNex on: Jan 6 2010
     
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    Hi, your script works great for me, so I've just made a guide showing the instructions about how to install this excellent script, in spanish.

    I have posted it in my blog. The URL is:

    http://www.datanoia.com/e8hw

    Greetings.


    http://datanoia.com
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     wallpaper_daemon.py

     
     by drewlong on: Jan 8 2010
     
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    Thank you, worked fine for me with Mint 8. For the first time ever the entire start up now all looks joined up, small and simple but it makes a nice difference.

    For future readers you do need to change the background through appearances rather than clicking on the desktop.


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