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    Plymouth theming ?

    Just thought that as folk are starting to use and play with Plymouth we should have a thread purely for theming it.

    Just to state my Plymouth install is straight form upgrades - I did not install by myself, everything through the repo's.

    I am trying to get one of the themes from this page to go, but having problems :-

    http://gitorious.org/oskude-plymouth-themes

    The first thing I noticed is that you have to have git (obviously) and inkscape installed to build his images.

    Then the directories that he uses differ from the way Plymouth has installed on my Lucid. In his readme he uses /usr/share/plymouth, but on lucid it is installed to /lib/plymouth.

    After a bit of Google-ing I have come up with this to install the theme :-

    sudo plymouth-set-default-theme space-sunrise --rebuild-initrd

    BUT I get this :-

    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-10-generic
    cp: cannot stat `/lib/plymouth/ubuntu-logo.png': No such file or directory

    (I have renamed the ubuntu-logo.png file as I thought that this was causing problems with changing the theme)

    So my questions are, can plymouth be themed in its current state in Ubuntu, if so how, if not why not?

    Just to update - tried again with ubuntu-logo.png file restored and operation completes

    BUT on shutdown I can see the animation start (shuts too quick for it all to play)
    yet starting again I get the usual Ubuntu !!
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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    OK to answer my own questions - YES Plymouth is theme-able inUbutnu as of now.

    How to do it - quite easy really

    1) from terminal type

    sudo plymouth-set-default-theme --list

    you will then get a list of the themes installed by default (solar is nice)

    2) enter

    sudo plymouth-set-default-theme solar --rebuild-initrd (replacing solar for the theme of your choice)

    And thats it. I think that the theme that I downloaded just doesn't work with this version of Plymouth or not at all.

    If you look in /lib/plymouth/themes then you can go in and have a look at each.

    The only other thing is the ubuntu logo I mentioned earlier - it has to be there (although you can change it for one of your own)

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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    For those interested there is a guide to theming Plymouth here :-

    http://brej.org/blog/?s=plymouth&x=0&y=0

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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Oh my, good work. Thank you for this.

    I did not look at the theme you were trying to use but can you not just take the image and replace the one in solar with it?

    That worked very slick for an image that I had and used.
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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    tried two different themes on the list, says "could not start splash : no such file or directory", before it said can not connect to plymouth, maybe i should try a dodge.

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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cecilpierce View Post
    tried two different themes on the list, says "could not start splash : no such file or directory", before it said can not connect to plymouth, maybe i should try a dodge.
    Exactly this is happening to my Lucid installation too I even tried a fresh Alpha 2 installation.
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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Did you check your /lib/plymouth directory to be sure it was all there?
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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Yes, it's all there.
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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ranch hand View Post
    Oh my, good work. Thank you for this.

    I did not look at the theme you were trying to use but can you not just take the image and replace the one in solar with it?

    That worked very slick for an image that I had and used.
    As each theme comes with its own script to run the elements it uses I think you will only be able to change certain things the way you suggest.

    The theme I was trying to install was the space-sunrise one here :-

    http://gitorious.org/oskude-plymouth.../space-sunrise

    will keep plugging away to see if I can get it to go.

    For those who cant get the theming to work -what hardware you on? I am on Intel graphics - dont know if that makes a difference

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    Re: Plymouth theming ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nilarimogard View Post
    Yes, it's all there.
    First if you check in the /lib/plymouth/themes/solar dir there should be 6 .png files and one called solar.plymouth.
    Then check that /lib/plymouth dir contains 8 .so files, 2 sub dirs, and ubuntu-logo.png.

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