I have Ubuntu 12.04 (beta) and I want to set a text theme for Plymouth, because I need to read what commands the PC is running on shutdown (because it freezes when I shutdown it), but the method I found googling ( How do I change the plymouth bootscreen? ) is not working: this is the ouput of update-alternatives --list default.plymouth:

user@host:~$ update-alternatives --list default.plymouth

And the text themes are not displayed. How can I set a text theme for Plymouth?

  • I already have another theme (plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text), anyway it doesn't work installing another theme either – mdesantis Apr 17 '12 at 14:29
  • What is a "text theme" for Plymouth? My understanding is that Plymouth provides a splash screen so as to hide the booting-up text. If you don't want the splash screen, you have to turn off the Plymouth splash, not install another theme. – Chan-Ho Suh Apr 17 '12 at 17:35
  • I think what you're really asking is this: askubuntu.com/q/120898/43660 – Chan-Ho Suh Apr 17 '12 at 17:38
  • Oh, yes, this is acceptable :) so what is the utility of the plymouth text themes, if they do not enable a text boot? – mdesantis Apr 18 '12 at 8:37
  • Actually, now I remember what you're talking about. The text themes are just cruddier versions of the splash screens. When there is a graphics problem, plymouth will revert to showing a text version of the logo and the progress bar (dots appearing). – Chan-Ho Suh Apr 18 '12 at 8:48

Try this:

sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-text/ubuntu-text.plymouth 10

and then

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Appears to have changed to

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

enter image description here

  • Seeing that you installed solar I installed the solar theme and it appears in the choices... but not the text themes, that are the ones I need :( I edit the question – mdesantis Apr 17 '12 at 17:01

Use the following to select the splash theme:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

And use the following to select the text-theme:

sudo update-alternatives --config text.plymouth
  • No, Plymouth text theme is still missing from the list of avialable plymouth themes (also in 12.10 Quantic Quetzal) – mdesantis Oct 22 '12 at 21:27
  • Can you update your question with the output of sudo update-alternatives --list text.plymouth? Also, what is the value of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in /etc/default/grub? – Silke Oct 23 '12 at 8:41

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