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Old 12-09-2003, 11:34 AM   #1
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Can i create my own "xpm" images ?

I'd like to change the image displayed in the grub/lilo. I use RH 8.
Is there a way i can create my own xpm image? Will it support any other image format? If `yes` case, will the format affect its speed? Does the size is really important?


Old 12-09-2003, 12:01 PM   #2
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Don't know about fast/slow, however, you can open any image in gimp, then simply 'save as' and give it a .xpm filename. I can't imagine reading an image off the disk is going to be speed affecting.

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(Probably quite un) Interesting point about speed. yes it does matter about file size. that is why the xpm files are gzipped. Believe it or not it is substantially quicker to read a small file of a disc and decompress it into memory than it is to read the full uncompressed xpm from disc. you won't be able to use different file types though. you will need to follow the strict file specifications to be able to use a replacement file, can't remember exactly, but it must have 14 colors and be the exact dimensions etc...
Old 11-26-2004, 03:15 PM   #4
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I tried to modify an existing .xpm image for use in a window-manager theme. Gimp 2.0 appeared to do the job but then failed to save the file with the message "Plugin could not save image." So I tried saving it as .bmp and .jpg and that worked (after exporting the file for reasons of compatibility). I also tried making a NEW file of my own and saving it as .xpm and got the same result, "Plugin could not save image."

Went to Gimp site and the "plugin registry" page was unavailable.

Did extensive Google searching and could not find this exact problem.

Any ideas what may be wrong?


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