Splash screens?

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Mon Mar 14 00:18:28 CET 2005

Don Harper wrote:
> I feel a little silly asking this one, but for the life of me I cannot
> figure out how to add new themes for the splash screen.
> Pointers, docs, HOWTO, FAQs?

The whole splash thingy is a bit complex atm. On the first level, there 
are splash engines (currently "mice", "simple" and "balou"); these are 
loadable modules. "mice" isn't themable at all, it's all hardcoded. 
"simple" is themeable from the configure dialog, and "balou" is themable 
using a theme file.

"balou" theming is pretty easy, its just a themerc file and a logo image 
file. Check the Default balou theme in the xfce4-session source to get 
an idea of the file format/content (it includes a few comments). To 
distribute a theme, create a directory layout like this:


where Name is the name of your theme. Then tar up the stuff like this:

tar czvf Name.tar.gz Name

Now users can simply install the theme by dragging the .tar.gz file from 
a file manager and dropping it to the "balou" configure screen in the 
settings manager.

> Thanks!
> Don


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