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Old 01-07-2004, 12:14 PM   #1
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Fedora Splash Screen


Ok, I hope this will be an easy one.

I need to have a graphical boot in Fedora C1 default to the "show details" option.

The reason I need this is I am writing an unattended (kickstarted) install of Fedora C1 with an installation of some proprietary test tools we need for our lab. The issue I am having is that during the installation it looks to a user that the system is hanging during the tool install. And a user would feel tempted to just re-boot the system, fsck'ing everything up. All I need is for the details to be displayed without user input, that way the user will know that the tool install is taking place rather than the system hanging.

The Red Hat 8/9 kickstarter is fine since the graphical log on shows details by default, hence user error is limited.

Does anyone know where I can change this option in Fedora C1; or any ideas as to a work around?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Old 01-07-2004, 01:57 PM   #2
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You could try just editing your lilo.conf or grub.conf/menu.lst file and remove the splashscreen entry.

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Old 01-07-2004, 03:29 PM   #3
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"You could try just editing your lilo.conf or grub.conf/menu.lst file and remove the splashscreen entry."

I don't need to change grub, rather how run level init 5 loads.

As a workaround I defaulted the the kickstart to load the test tools in run level init 3, then used the following perl script to change inittab back to run level 5:

perl -pi -e "s/id:3:initdefault:/id:5:initdefault:/g;" /etc/inittab RET

but this kind of a clunky work around. I can't believe there isnt a simple way to tell the graphical load spalsh screen to show details. You know when it shows the user what services are currently being loaded, like it does in RH9.

Anyone? Ideas?
 
Old 01-07-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
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Maybe I don't understand what you are doing. You get to the bootloader and select the distro you want to boot and it either brings up the bootsplash screen or it brings up verbose booting (text flies by showing what is being loaded etc) (you can see output in dmesg).

If you are talking about a different stage of the boot process then I'm not sure what you mean.


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Old 01-07-2004, 03:55 PM   #5
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Hmm, I will try to explain it better.

Ok, here is the boot process as it currently is:

grub boot loader menu --> boot loader defaults to the correct distro to load --> graphical load splash screen --> finally a KDE log on prompt.

The problem I am having is at the "graphical load splash screen" step.

In Fedora C1 it does not default to verbose booting. However, it gives an option that you can click to "show details" at which time it will show verbose booting.

I need to enable verbose booting WITHOUT user input.

I know I can see the output in dmesg, but thats not the point. I need a user to see what is happening, AS it is happening.

In my workaround described above I am having it default to a TEXT log on (init 3), at which time it is verbose booting, then later I change it back to a graphical log on (init 5) after all installations are complete.

What I need though is verbose booting during a graphical log on.

Did I make this any clearer or is it just more confusing now?

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 01-07-2004, 04:50 PM   #6
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I know what you are saying now but really all that graphical boot screen is, is simply a splash.xpm (.png) file that is called during boot. You could have a look over at www.bootsplash.org and see if you can work it backwards (i.e. removing the bootsplash screen to a default verbose). Or search over at http://fedora.redhat.com/ for something that might help.

Sorry, no access to a linux box here at work.

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