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I am trying to edit my splash screen but its really annoying to restart the computer everytime just to find out it doesn't even work. i read on an article that I can do a virtual machine via ssh but I have no idea how to do that. I installed ubuntu in VirtualBox yesterday now installing sudo apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client on it. Now I am supposed to access the machine as root and test splash on tty1, and I have no idea how to do that. I tried searching around but there isn't a lot of information regarding Plymouth testing on the web.

Any help appreciated, thanks.

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You cannot test plymouth in VirtualBox because the display driver does not create a special device (/dev/dri/card0 to be exact), neither is it possible to display such a graphical thing in a terminal using SSH. – Lekensteyn Jun 29 '11 at 9:28
ohh i didn't know that, thanks. so what is ssh used for what are the reasons people use it? – Vitaly Jun 29 '11 at 9:43
SSH provides a console in which commands can be entered. Although SSH can forward GUI (it's called X Forwarding), SSH is mainly used for entering commands directly. See also What is the terminal? – Lekensteyn Jun 29 '11 at 9:55
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You don't need VirtualBox for that. You can test themes within a session.

  • Install the package plymouth-x11
  • Run sudo plymouthd ; sudo plymouth --show-splash ; sleep 10 ; sudo killall plymouthd

This will show you how your theme would look like on two screens (actually a simulation of multi-monitor setups) for 10 seconds. You can add the different actions you want to test (see plymouth --help) between the --show-splash and sleep command.

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i tried this command last time and it just loged me out, looks like i was missing the plymouth-x11 package. thanx it worked this time but the window was blank. ill have to reinstall the splash i guess. – Vitaly Jun 29 '11 at 9:44
ya it works now although I get 2 screens and in the splah the logo and spinning arrows are out of not aligned. and i didnt see the progress bar. Am I doing something wrong? – Vitaly Jun 29 '11 at 10:12
I don't know what theme you are testing. There's no progress bar or spinning arrows in Ubuntu's default theme. – htorque Jun 29 '11 at 10:22… this is the splash I am trying to imporve to my liking at the momment the only thing i changed in the script file was to slow down the spinning of the logo. – Vitaly Jun 29 '11 at 10:57

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