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XSplash Background Settings

   1.6 (ubuntu karmic)  

GNOME Splash Screen

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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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     ubuntued

     
     by ubuntued on: Jan 13 2010
     
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    Thanks for linking to my blog!

    Hope your script come in Lucid Lynx, because it is so great!

    Many thanks!


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     Happier now!

     
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    I was so horrified by the latest offering of the GDM that I actually went back to Mint 7. I missed the improvements with Mint 8 though and I thought I was just going to have to grit my teeth every time I logged in. I'm using the deb package. You are now offically my hero.


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     deb

     
     by MastroPino on: Jan 22 2010
     
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    Fantastic deb release, it works like a charm, now we need only a small repository! :D

    thanks for ur work!


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     Re: deb

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 23 2010
     
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    thanks, repository is in the making


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     Wallpaper Tray

     
     by dwsalo on: Jan 23 2010
     
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    First of all thank for great idea and implementation.

    I use a wallpaper tray applet to change desktop background. Can it be a reason why installed deb package doesn't work if "Use Desktop Background" option is selected?


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     Re: Wallpaper Tray

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 24 2010
     
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    The applet shouldnt be a problem. Please update to the current release and try again (note that you need to reboot once after installation for the desktop background option to work). If you still have problems please run the daemon from a terminal (
    xsplash-background-settings --daemon
    ), change the wallpaper (or wait for your applet to change it) and see if you get any messages on the terminal output.


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     Re: Re: Wallpaper Tray

     
     by dwsalo on: Jan 24 2010
     
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    Thanks. New version works fine ))


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     XML BACKGROUNDS

     
     by algalord on: Jan 24 2010
     
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    I think it's posible to add xml backgrounds support, it's difficult but possible. The xml backgrounds have this structure at top

    <starttime>
    <year>2009</year>
    <month>08</month>
    <day>04</day>
    <hour>00</hour>
    <minute>00</minute>
    <second>00</second>
    </starttime>


    I don't know exactly how it's works, but I think that Start time indicate the time when the first background file is put as background.

    A background have this structure:

    <static>
    <duration>300.0</duration>
    <file>/home/USER/FOLDER/1.JPG</file>
    </static>
    <transition>
    <duration>5.0</duration>
    <from>/home/USER/FOLDER/1.JPG</from>
    <to>/home/USER/FOLDER/2.JPG</to>
    </transition>

    So, this have a duration... I thin you can calculate which of the wallpapers must be show with an recursive function.

    A way to do this is to create a function for xml files, then, if the background selected is an xml file, the function is called and change the background at same time that the xml file... you calculate the actual background only and change it every X seconds, indicated in the xml file.


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     Re: XML BACKGROUNDS

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    That would indeed solve the xml issue for rebooting and log out / log in activities - not in the case of a normal boot up though, as you cant possibly know which time the user will start his computer again. This primary task could only be solved by deciding the background image during the boot sequence which would mean fiddling around with init scripts and as a side effect would actually slow down the boot process. Im not sure if thats worth it.


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     Re: Re: XML BACKGROUNDS

     
     by algalord on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    you mean something like this... when you logout, the script save the lastest image of the xml background and put it as background, then, when you login, the script wait "X" seconds and put the xml file as backgroud... it would be an solution.

    You can use gconftool, a bash example for streched background:

    gconftool-2 --type=string --set \
    /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options stretched
    gconftool-2 --type=string --set \
    /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /FOLDER/TO/IMAGE/IMAGE.JPG


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     Re: Re: Re: XML BACKGROUNDS

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    actually i didnt mean that, but its a solution, though it would slow down logging out a bit. well, youre welcome to implement it, im still not tempted. i dont know whats so cool about xml backgrounds anyway. if i want periodical changing wallpaper i use an app like drapes which allows to easily add or remove wallpapers from the list and provides a random sequence. the only cool feature of that xml stuff is the crossfading which can make the wallpaper kind of dynamic and i.e. reflect the time of day, but unfortunately that special case is not satisfactorily solved with your suggestion anyway.


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     Ask user password not root

     
     by smirnoffjr on: Jan 24 2010
     
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    Hmm, why this utility ask me root password? It must ask user password for elevating rights as other programs do. For example ubuntu don't have root password by default at all!


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     Re: Ask user password not root

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    Thanks for the hint. As you may have noticed, actually the user password is expected. Just the phrase "Enter the administrative password" is a bit unclear. Its the default phrase of the python-gksu2 module. Maybe i should change that to "Enter your password to perform administrative task", which is the phrase used by other administrative tools like synaptics and seem to be a bit clearer.


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     Re: Re: Ask user password not root

     
     by OxayotlTheGreat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    Should I change this also in the French translations ?


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     Re: Re: Re: Ask user password not root

     
     by meerkat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    I can change this for all languages, as its a phrase used in libgksu and therefore can be fetched from there. French version is: "Saisissez votre mot de passe pour effectuer les tâches d'administration." ;)


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     Re: Re: Re: Re: Ask user password not root

     
     by OxayotlTheGreat on: Jan 25 2010
     
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    Okay, that's perfect.


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