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Old 07-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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Change background color - No X


How do I change the screen background color on an Ubuntu sever that doesn't have X?
What I need to do is I have a server start up and then at the end of the start up script it pops up a dialog (using the dialog program) but the background around this dialog is blue and I need to change it to the color closest to my company color.
 
Old 07-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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Ubuntu server doesn't come with X by default, you will need to install it separately. Can I ask why you installed ubuntu server in the first place? If you are looking to have a GUI, you are better off installing the normal version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu server is made for servers, not for desktops, if that helps at all...

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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I know server doesn't have X, I installed server on purpose this is a server for our company's product. I don't want to install X. My question isn't about installing X, I know how to do that, I am not allowed to do so. So I repeat, is there a way to change the background without any X on the system?
 
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1. Create a config file with
Code:
dialog --create-rc dialog.conf
2. Open the file with a text editor and change the color options to your likings.
3. Set a environmental variable DIALOGRC with the path to the config file before invoking dialog.
 
Old 07-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for your answer, but unfortunately it didn't work, any other suggestions?
 
Old 07-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #6
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May you like to explain what exactly you have done and at which point it doesn't work?
Changing the colors works fine here with this method.

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Old 07-17-2012, 03:08 AM   #7
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if you are trying to change the background try using the command setterm

http://tuxthink.blogspot.in/2012/02/...ground-of.html
 
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if you are trying to change the background try using the command setterm

http://tuxthink.blogspot.in/2012/02/...ground-of.html
This changes the colors of the terminal in general, not the the colors that are displayed when using dialog.
 
Old 07-17-2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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TobiSGD,

I did exactly the steps you desribed, but when the dialog came up the screen was still the same color as before.
 
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That is weird. May be my explanation wasn't clear enough. Let's try it again.
1. Create the config file:
Code:
dialog --create-rc /home/tobi/dialog.conf
2. Open the file with a text-editor, change in line 33
Code:
screen_color = (WHITE,BLUE,OFF)
to
Code:
screen_color = (WHITE,RED,OFF)
and save the file.
3. Set the environment variable DIALOGRC:
Code:
export DIALOGRC=/home/tobi/dialog.conf
4. Test it, for example with
Code:
dialog --infobox "Red Background" 0 0
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