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Download and install required packages
bootsplash-systemd and bootsplash-theme-* (example: bootsplash-theme-manjaro more listed below)
sudo pacman -S bootsplash-systemd bootsplash-theme-manjaro
Additionally if encrypted disk is used
sudo systemctl enable bootsplash-ask-password-console.path
bootsplash.bootfile=bootsplash-themes/manjaro/bootsplash to end of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=
sudo vim /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="apparmor=1 security=apparmor bootsplash.bootfile=bootsplash-themes/manjaro/bootsplash"
bootsplash-manjaro to end of HOOKS
sudo vim /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
HOOKS=(base udev autodetect modconf block consolefont keymap keyboard encrypt filesystems bootsplash-manjaro)
Finally update mkinitcpio and GRUB
sudo mkinitcpio -P && sudo update-grub
“*” You can use any bootsplash-theme you like:
There’s also a handy GUI in the repos:
Is “provided by the kernel” accurate?
Yes, because Manjaro has bootsplash patches for the kernel to make this work.
Some of you might already wonder why the latest kernel shows some new errors about missing a file for bootsplash. Max Staudt is currently working on a new way to display a bootsplash within the kernel like Windows or MacOS does. Support for DraCut...
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I tried it in my VM as my testing.
But that does not work with LUKS password prompt, but you must manually press any key to switch console for asking password. I tried to install
mkinitcpio-encrypt-bootsplash from AUR but build failed.
plymouth which supports displaying theme and prompting for password.
@Zesko I use this on my host system and it works.
sudo systemctl status bootsplash-ask-password-console.path say?
The password prompt is text based so it has no theming etc. and I don’t have to press any key, bootsplash come up when typed in the password.
But yes in case of wrong password you have to press
I mean that bootsplash theme runs infinitely until you manually press any key to switch text/console for asking password.
$ sudo systemctl status bootsplash-ask-password-console.path
bootsplash-ask-password-console.path - Dispatch Password Requests to Console Directory Watch when bootsplash is active
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/bootsplash-ask-password-console.path; enabled; preset: disabled)
Active: active (waiting) since Sat 2022-08-20 09:52:45 CEST; 22s ago
Until: Sat 2022-08-20 09:52:45 CEST; 22s ago
Triggers: ● bootsplash-ask-password-console.service
Notice: journal has been rotated since unit was started, output may be incomplete.
Hm, strange maybe something is wrong configured on your end.
Or use the GUI as
Maybe it is strange in VM as my testing but it mostly uses default configurations that I did not change.
use the GUI
I did, the same issue again.
Ah, Linux Kernel is encrypted in
/boot on your disk, so the password prompt as text based appears first
before Bootsplash or Plymouth will start.
Linux Kernel is unencrypted in
/boot on my disk, rest all directories are encrypted. That is why the password prompt appears in text console or theming
after Bootsplash or Plymouth started.
Then it sounds like a bug, in
I do not find any information about how to customize Bootsplash theme, e.g how to load the original firmware logo from BIOS?
There are many infos about Plymouth theme but not Bootsplash theme.
Maybe you know that?
I found the solution:
git clone https://github.com/Blacksuan19/Bootsplash-Themes.git
You customize tux-logo.png
Make the script executable:
chmod +x bootsplash-packer bootsplash-manjaro-tux.sh
bootsplash-manager to select your theme.
However, I have no idea how to load the original firmware logo from BIOS, but Plymouth works.
I tried changing
default animation: spinner in Bootsplash, but it is pretty hardcode which should match defined contents of spinner.gif.
When spinner.gif is modified, you must carefully match its GIF content with a shell script to build a new bootpslash firmware, otherwise bootsplash build will fail.
This is why I no longer use Bootsplash after switching to Plymouth.