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Luca Clemenzi

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 3 comments

Quite strange...
I've tried right now and it works perfectly. Please, try again and tell me if it works also for you of if you still have problems - Aug 13 2010

DockbarX Themes by M7S 997 comments

Great software!

Anyway..I have installed it from the sources, but I would like to uninstall it and install it from ppa.

How can I uninstall?

I've tried ./ --help and it seems that there is no uninstall command - Jul 18 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

Well, I've made some test on my system, and it works without any problem even with backgrounds bigger than 1440x900..

I've had an idea:
When I installed Lucid for the first time the logo during the bootsplash was very nice, but after installing Nvidia proprietary drivers it became bigger and ugly.

This problem is common to everybody using Nvidia or ATI proprietary drivers: plymouth uses high-color mode with open source drivers ("nouveau" and "radeon") but it automatically switch to low-color mode when using proprietary drivers (nvidia-glx or fglrx).

Ubuntu team have choose a theme that is usable even with low-color mode, so many people have this "problem" but they does not pay attention to it.

For more information see plymouth readme file (gedit /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian).

It is however possible to enable high-color mode even with proprietary drivers (easy instructions at the end of /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian file) but this is not done by default because in some particular circumstances may cause problems to susped/hibernate.

Personally I use Nvidia proprietary drivers and I have enabled high-color mode a long time ago. Suspend and hibernate are working perfectly.

I don't know, but maybe the theme used by global-appearance is not compatible with low-color mode. This may explain why it works perfectly on some systems (eg. mine) and it does not work on other systems (yours). - Jun 07 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

I'm now sure about it but I think the the shutdown theme is loaded from the plymouth theme directory, while the bootup theme is loaded from initram file

the command to update the initram file with the current plymouth theme directory is:
sudo update-initramfs -u
but it is automatically done when installing the script..

maybe there is a limitation in the maximum image size that plymouth is able to load? - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

In version 0.3 I've put a almost-backup function in the uninstall script. It reverts the plymouth theme and the GDM login screen to the values of a fresh ubuntu installation.

This approach is the "easy and simple" way, but I don't like it very much..

It would be better to store to original values while installing the application, and then get those values back when uninstalling the app. I could store the original values in a text file, but I don't know where is the best place to store that file... I wait for suggestions from the community - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

The problem with the menu is now fixed in O.3 version.

I've also moved the entry to the System->Prefecences menu. I think that it is better than the Application menu - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

mmm... it is quite weird, because I have not changed anything about the plymouth theme setup. In my system works, in your system used to work, and now in your system do not works! :-(

If you like this project and have some spare time maybe you could do some further testing:
1) uninstall global-appearance

2) check if it is correctly uninstalled, as follow:
2.1) ls /usr/local/sbin/ | grep global-appearance
2.2) ls /usr/local/bin/ | grep global-appearance
2.3) ls /usr/share/applications | grep global-appearance
2.4) ls /lib/plymouth/themes/ | grep global-appearance
(steps 2.1 to 2.4 should return no files)

3) post the output of the following command
update-alternatives --display default.plymouth
(the selected theme should be ubuntu-logo)

4) install global-appearance-0.2

5) repeat step 3
(the selected theme should still be ubuntu-logo)

6) run the application to set up the new theme

7) repeat step 3
(the selected theme should NOW be global-appearance)

8) Now check if the installation is successfull:
eog /lib/plymouth/themes/global-appearance/bg.png
(your image should open)

I wonder where it fails... - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

I don't know.
I usually run shell script with just their name, without sh. It works but if it is better to run them with sh command I will change my habit and I will update the readme file. - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

Not yet.. but it's easy to manually change both the plymouth theme and the gdm layout.

in a terminal run:
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
A list of the current installed themes will appear, and you will be able the select the desired theme typing the corresponding nuber.
Then run the command:
sudo update-initramfs -u
to begin to use the new theme.

(following information comes from elementary-project forum:
from a terminal run the command:
gksudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties
Select the desired wallpaper and theme then close the window.

An undesired accessibility icon may appear next to the system clock after running the previous command. To remove it run:
gconftool-2 -t bool -s /desktop/gnome/accessibility/keyboard/enable false
and reboot your pc. - Jun 06 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

Thank you for your bug signalation, I have fixed most of them in version 0.2:

1) Random theme applied after installation, before running the application. FIXED!

Fixed! The new theme was installed with a high priority. In some systems Plymouth is set up to AUTOMATICALLY select the theme with the highest priority so the new theme was selected even before running the application. On other systems Plymouth is set up to continue using the current theme until it is MANUALLY changed. My PC is set up in the second way, so I didn't notice this bug, the theme was not changed during installation process. Probably your system is set up in the first way, so the plymouth theme was changed during installation, even if the application was not run yet.

Now the new theme is installed with a lower priority, so it should not be selected before running the application

2) No wallpaper in GDM. FIXED!

Usually wallpapers where applied correctly to GDM, but in some cases there were some problems, as you pointed out.
I've been able to reproduce this bug only when the wallpaper file name contained a white space.
The wallpaper was set up correctly but GDM didn't loaded it (wall-1.jpg worked fine, wall 1.jpg didn't worked).
In version 0.2 GDM wallpaper is loaded from plymouth theme directory (where it is copied with a standard name) so it works without problems even if the original file name contained white spaces.

3) No application link in main menu. NOT FIXED YET.

I have not been able to reproduce this bug: in my PC the application is still present in the menu. And I'm not expert about Gnome Menu, so actually I don't know ho to fix it.

As a workaround it is still possible to run the application by pressing Alt+F2 and then writing: (or writing the same command in a terminal, of course!) - Jun 06 2010

Various Gnome Stuff by gargantuo 10 comments

run the following command in a terminal
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
and select the theme ubuntu-logo

then run this other command
sudo update-initramfs -u - Jun 04 2010
Global Appearance

Various Gnome Stuff by clemmy 21 comments

Oh, I did a mistake while filling the form...
it should work now - Jun 04 2010

Various Gnome Stuff by gargantuo 10 comments

I have made a new version with some more improvements:

* the whole gnome theme is exported to gdm (not only the background)
* the plymouth theme is the like the ubuntu one, but with the selected background image
* the application is completely executable from the gnome menu (a launcher is automatically added by the install script, and every interaction with the user is graphical)

I started a new artwork called global appearance ( ) because the final result is very different from your initial version... but of course you contribution have been the crucial input allowing for
the development of global appearance!
- Jun 03 2010

Various Gnome Stuff by gargantuo 10 comments

I have prepared a modified version of your script, implementing the features I wrote in my previous post...

it seems that if work. You can download it from

Tell me what do you think about it ;-) - Jun 03 2010

Various Gnome Stuff by gargantuo 10 comments

thank you for this script boy!

I have not tested it, because I already changed GDM and Plymouth wallpapers by hand a couple of days ago... but I have installed your script because it will be easier to change them again in the future! very useful!

There are a couple of suggestions that just came into my mind. Maybe you will not agree with my opinion, but you can at least have a look at them.

1) I would remove the line "update-alternative --config default.plymouth" from the script, and I will put it in the global_wallpaper.script

For example I have installed the program, but I don't want to change the plymouth theme NOW.. I want to have the program installed because maybe I will need it in the future..

2) I wouldn't ask the user to select the wallpaper image.. I will get the current desktop wallpaper (gconftool-2 --get /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename) and I will use the same image for GDM and Plymouth.

In my opinion it is more user-friendly to change the GNOME background in the classical way, and then launch the script to update GDM and Plymouth..

Best regards!
- Jun 03 2010

Plasma 4 Extensions
by Lechio

8 .2
Aug 24 2010