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Bug#607142: overwrites custom plymouth configuration

On mer., 2010-12-15 at 17:01 +0100, Michael Biebl wrote:
> On 15.12.2010 16:45, Michael Biebl wrote:
> > On 15.12.2010 08:33, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> >> On mar., 2010-12-14 at 23:43 +0100, Michael Biebl wrote:
> >>> I'm using a custom theme for plymouth and desktop-base overwrites that
> >>> setting on each upgrade.
> >>
> >> The same is true for splashy and grub, was true in Lenny (and Etch, I
> >> guess).
> > 
> > I can't speak for splashy, but for grub the alternatives system is used, so my
> > changes are preserved on upgrades.
> grub2, to be precise.
> >>>
> >>> I'm filing this bug with severity serious as the package overwrites
> >>> custom configuration in /etc/ (/etc/plymouth/plymouthd.conf).
> >>
> >> To be precise, no, it doesn't overwrite the configuration. But yes, it
> >> sets the default theme (by calling the relevant plymouth command). 
> I need to clarify that, as this is simply not true:
> plymouth-set-default-theme overwrites my custom configuration in
> /etc/plymouth/plymouthd.conf, this is not "setting a new default theme".
> Please keep in mind that /etc/plymouth/plymouthd.conf is even listed as conffile
> of the plymouth package.
> If it would change the value in /usr/share/plymouth/plymouthd.defaults, I'd
> agree with you, but it doesn't.

Yes, it's nitpicking, but desktop-base doesn't actually overwrite
anything, it just asks plymouth to set the theme. How it does it doesn't
really matter, in that case it replaces the /etc config file without

In this case, I guess it shouldn't be allowed to call
plymouth-set-default-theme from a package maintainer script.

The thing is, without further modifications to plymouth, we don't have
much solutions for Squeeze, even alternatives means way too much
modifications for the RT I think.
> Daniel, aside from the alternatives idea I mentioned earlier, is there a way to
> override the default values in /usr/share/plymouth/plymouthd.defaults while
> preserving local modifications?
> desktop-base could divert that file, but I'm not convinced yet that I like this
> idea.

The same kind of thing done for Xfce, where we add an override directory
between /usr/share/ and /etc, would be nice. But I'm not sure it's
doable for Squeeze.


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