Splashy − a user−mode, POSIX and LSB compliant, boot splashing system for UNIX.


/etc/splashy/config.xml − Splashy’s configuration file


/etc/splashy/config.xml sets splashy’s behaviour during boot, shutdown inter-runlevel and error. It is an XML file where all values are enclosed in tags

A tag is anything enclosed between < and >. An opening tag has the form "<tag>" while a closing tag has its name preceded with a backslash (\) character as in "<\tag>"

Tags can be considered as folders. Each tag either contains tags or contains a value

The value of the final tag affects in the field defined by its parents tags

The following tag folders are supported:

This tag is mandatory. It contains all splashy’s configuration values, listed below.

The following values are supported:


Absolute path to the directory containing the installed splashy themes. Default: /etc/splashy/themes


Name of the theme to use. It must be the name of a directory in <themes>’s value’s directory. Default: default


Full path to a theme to fall back to if the theme specified in <current_theme>’s value can’t be found. Default: /etc/splashy/themes/default


Full path to the PID file splashy will use to store its PID so that other processes can know if it is running. Default: /var/run/splashy.pid

Comments can be introduced by enclsing them between <!−− and −−>. Blank lines are also ignored


The following is a complete and valid splashy configuration file:

    <!−− themes directory: conventional path /etc/splashy/themes −−>
    <!−− current theme could be relative the themes defined above or full path −−>
    <!−− full path to theme to fall back in case of problems. DO NOT CHANGE −−>
    <!−− this defaults should be ok −−>


Values are refered by their tag name prefixed with all of its parent tag’s names. For example: "/splashy/pid"



Main configuration. Defines how splashy should be setup


Location where splashy themes are stored


splashy(1), splashy_config(1), splashy_config(1), splashy−theme.xml(5)


Jacobo Vilella <jacobo221@gmail.com>


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