How to configure Splashy Scree on debian

Tired of watching screens full of hardware releated info scrolling past during Startup and shutdown.

Welcome to the world of Splash Screen, Screenshots Here

In earlier stage bootsplash screen was configured throught a lot of kernel hacking and using it has a hell lot of hardwork including recompilling of kernel.

But the newest form SPLASHY in a userspace implementation of kernel so that it provides all the necessary features right at userspace.

In debian installing splashy is just a matter of few commands

1) IF you don’t have unstable repo’s in your source list then follow it otherwise skip to step 3

echo "deb unstable main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo “deb-src unstable main contrib non-free” >> /etc/apt/sources.list

2) then apt-get update

3) last apt-get install splashy splashy-themes

After this what you need to is just one thing

open your menu.lst (/boot/grub/menu.lst)
and in the line with kernel value add these words at the end of that line

"vga=791 splash quiet"

Ex : – kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda8 ro vga=791 splash quiet

To run Splashy from initramfs you need to create a new initramfs image. An initramfs image is a little system that is

launched during the kernel’s initalization, before the system starts.

During Splashy’s installation Splashy sets everything up so you can get it integrated into initramfs whenever you wish by

just running a single command.

But first you must edit /etc/default/splashy and set ENABLE_INITRAMFS=1 so that Splashy will integrate itself into future initramfs images.

update-initramfs -u -t -k `uname -r`

then reboot and you will have a slashy desktop


All the themes are by defaults installed in /etc/splashy/themes

configuration for splashy is in/etc/splashy/config.xml

and configuration for respective themes is available in /etc/splash/themes/ in XML file format

some of the configuration’s that can be done include changing the colour theme as well as the progress bar size color

direction and image shown.


Once the theme is installed, just run splashy_config -s where name is the name of the theme

To get the complete list of all the splashy themes installed just type in

splashy_config --info

I hope this article will help you all.

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5 thoughts on “How to configure Splashy Scree on debian

  1. Thanks a lot. I needed to display logo of a company in place of the kernel messages at boot time. Your this tutorial saved me a lot of time. Thanks again. 🙂

  2. Thank you very much for this article (howto)! Splashy helps me and is nice. 🙂

  3. Hi,

    Some remarks:
    1. menu.lst is the default name in GRUB 2
    Previously the default named was
    2. The menu.lst can be generated
    automatically using update-grub.
    To add the line, add the
    “vga=791 splash quiet” line
    to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX value in
    /etc/default/grub and the run
    I always check the menu.lst after.
    Just to make sure I did it
    In this way the line will be added
    automatically every time you add or
    change the Linux kernels!
    3. When running update-initramfs the -k `uname -r` option can be omitted.
    The update-initramfs will run on
    current kernel by default.
    The -k can be used when you wish to update initramfs for a non running kernel. (By putting its version)
    4. The vga option should be according to your screen resolution.
    you can see the values in
    For example vga=791 is for 1024×768 using 16-bits color.


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