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Lines theme for ldm-themes

On 2014-09-21, Jonathan Carter <jonathan@ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On 20/09/2014 04:11, Vagrant Cascadian wrote:
>> On 2014-09-19 20:47:29 -0500, Paul Wise wrote:
>>> On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Jonathan Carter wrote:

>>>> I'm on the debian-desktop list. Will LDMify and add the lines theme to
>>>> the ldm-themes package.
>>> Um, shouldn't LDM just be taught to look at the data in the
>>> desktop-base package?
>> If it requires code changes, I don't think it's feasible in time for
>> Jessie's freeze. If it's just syminking a few files, sure, that would be
>> nice.
> It's just a few .png files and a gtkrc file, so I doubt it would be a
> problem.

Well, I've given a go at this, but due to having little familiarity with
graphics tools or digital artwork in general, could use some help with a
few things:

I didn't find any .png files to symlink, so I've used gimp to transform
desktop-base's login/background.svg to .png and used as a background in
ldm-theme. Works fine at a variety of resolutions; this seems to get it
90% of the way to a useable theme for LDM.

Seems like I should ship the .svg in the source, and transform it into
.png at build time; Suggestions for how to do that?

I'm curious what license terms and copyright info should be used for
login/background.svg; it appears to be the one displayed as "Login" at:


So GPLv2 or CC-attribution-somethingorother-3.0?

LDM also requires a logo.png present, which is diplayed above the
username box at login. Since background.svg contains the logo in the
lower-right corner already, I'd like to just make a transparent .png or
something. My hackish workaround is a 1x1 pixel .png, but it shows one
little white pixel, and seems somehow connected to the placement of the
login box. A larger truely transparent .png might help with that, if a
transparent .png will work at all...

Lastly, the theme for LDM needs a greeter-gtkrc adjusted to go with the
background colorscheme and otherwise make it look nice. Just grabbing
the old one from the joy theme looks a bit dark. I see a few color value
fields in it, but my attempts at experimenting with changing them aren't
worth hurting anyone else's eyes over.

With those issues sorted, I should be able to have an updated ldm-themes
package updated soon. Thanks!

live well,

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