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The title says it all. It's a bit of an eyesore with propriety NVIDIA drivers, so I tried here. I'm pretty sure I reversed all settings, when it did not work for me. But now:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Returns error:

update-alternatives: error: cannot stat file '/lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth': Too many levels of symbolic links

I just wanna revert back to the vanilla 12.04 LTS Plymouth splash. Thanks. Also:

sudo gedit /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth


"The number of followed links is limited and the actual file could not be found within this limit."

EDIT: Should I restore from image backup (I see this filed as bug on Launchpad.) Or is there a fix?

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Sounds like your default.plymouth alternatives links are broken.

cd /lib/plymouth/themes
ls -l default.plymouth

Should give you

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 34 Oct 25  2011 default.plymouth -> /etc/alternatives/default.plymouth


cd /etc/alternatives
ls -l default.plymouth

Should give you a link pointing to a .plymouth file in the /lib/plymouth/themes directory. E.g. For the default splash this should be pointing at: /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.plymouth

If not fix the links. You should then be able to configure plymouth in the normal way.

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I restored from image backup in the end, so cannot verify this method, anyone else verify & I will accept the answer? – fleamour Oct 28 '12 at 16:05

Follow these steps:

Step 1:

Type into the terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T)

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Step 2:

Choose the number associated with the default plymouth in the options that pop up.

Step 3

Type in the terminal

sudo update-initramfs –u


sudo reboot

Also have a look at this Q&A if you want an alternative Plymouth that works

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You probably read the title but not the body of question. – fleamour Sep 20 '12 at 21:27

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