Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to Install Plymouth on Archlinux

Plymouth is a project from Fedora providing a flicker-free graphical boot process. It relies on kernel mode setting (KMS) to set the native resolution of the display as early as possible, then provides an eye-candy splash screen leading all the way up to the login manager.

Sites: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/Plymouth

NOTE:
Warning: Plymouth is currently under heavy development and may contain bugs.
To Install it, I using Plymouth Stable from AUR. When write this post i'm using plymouth 0.8.8.8, here's the link:
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/plymouth/

$sudo wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pl/plymouth/plymouth.tar.gz
$tar -xvzf plymouth.tar.gz
$cd plymouth
$makepkg -s
$sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz

Plymouth is installed. Now configuring plymouth.

Your System must have KMS enabled, see related post below:

$sudo nano /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
add plymouth like this. on HOOKS.


then save
$sudo mkinitcpio -p linux

And edit the kernel parameters
$sudo nano /etc/default/grub

add "quiet splash" on GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT


Then:
$sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Now set the plymouth themes.

List Plymouth themes:
$plymouth-set-default-theme -l


Set the themes:
$sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R themenames

For this example i choose solar:
$sudo plymouth-set-default-theme -R solar

Preview themes:
Pres CTRL+ALT+F2
Insert your root password
#plymouthd
#plymouth --show-splash

But don't try to preview it.. I got freeze, only power button work, that get my machines shutdown.. :p

Set gdm, kde, lxdm, lightdm, plymouth service
If you using gdm
#systemctl disable gdm
#systemctl enable gdm-plymouth

That's it now reboot to test it out.
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Note:
At this time plymouth seems not running properly. Plymouth cannot quit. Both version stable & git, get same problem. To remove plymouth press ctrl+ alt + f2, when your plymouth not stopping. then login using root user, delete plymouth completely and all settings.

This is my video that using plymouth, but this is 2012 version.


Enjoy.
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