[gutsy] Can not change default GNOME splash background color

Bug #140821 reported by Sebastian Schauenburg on 2007-09-18
This bug report is a duplicate of:  Bug #132833: login background color is hardcoded. Edit Remove
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gdm (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Before I start, let me say this. I have a dark GDM theme, a black solid fill background with a dark wallpaper. I've set the GDM login screen to black as well and I've even edited /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. I've already gotten the 'use Ray-Bans' remark in #ubuntu+1 ;) and the tip to file bug, so here it is.

What happens when I log in from the GDM? The GDM disappears, a bright yellow/brown color fills the screen, my custom splash screen is shown while components are loaded (the background is still yellow/brown), the splash screen disappears while my settings and custom desktop are shown. Finally everything is dark again.
The brown/yellowish color must be defined somewhere and should be editable, but where?

It appears to be a downstream issue according to someone in #GNOME (haven't confirmed this though).

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

You can change the color by going to System>Administration>Login Window. Under the "Local" tab, there is a button to change your background color. Please respond to this comment and close this bug (mark as Invalid) because this is more of a support question than bug. Thanks.

Ron Verhees (r-verhees) wrote :

Actually I think it is a bug, the 'solution' you describe does not work as with me it 'is' set to the correct color and just as the bug registerer writes it's working fine in GDM, just the part between GDM and Gnome loading it's still the 'human' color.
Can someone please have a look at this as it DOES seem to be a bug.

"a black solid fill background with a dark wallpaper" means that I have selected a wallpaper and a black color. I've just checked (once again) System > Administration > Login Windows > Local tab and it _is_ set to black. So this is a bug and not a support question.
Apparently Ron is having the same issue.

Jan Claeys (janc) wrote :

I checked and I see the same behaviour als Sebastian & Ron. I selected "black" in the GUI settings for both the desktop background & gdm, but I still see a brownish background after loging in and before the desktop background is shown...

Nanley Chery (nanoman) wrote :

I am sorry for my earlier comment. I should have tested the bug myself, and I should not have been so anxious in trying to close this bug (and bugs in general).

Should we file this bug to gdm?

Nanley, no worries and you can not test *every* bug you encounter. Luckily this is one of those bugs which can be easily/quickly tested.

"Should we file this bug to gdm?" - That is the question I'm asking myself too. I thinks it is a GNOME bug, since the GDM window disappears and then the bug appears (so you are actually in the GNOME environment). It could also be a GDM color setting which GNOME just uses, but that is less likely in my opinion.

Dmitry Pankratov (dremon) wrote :

The desktop color is set in /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default script.
It looks like there is a problem there, but I didn't have time to find out, just changed the #dab082 to my custom color.

Ron Verhees (r-verhees) wrote :

I can verify that the workaround from dremon works for me.

Manually changing the color in /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default works. Thanks dremon!
In Feisty the color is not defined there, but in Gutsy it is there hardcoded. I'll leave this bug open, since it is not working (yet) as intended.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thanks for the bug report. This particular bug has already been reported, but feel free to report any other bugs you find.

Changed in gdm:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Regular User (dot.ru) wrote :

This bug is on the RC. I can confirm it.

Regular User (dot.ru) wrote :

Is a shame that this bug is present in the final release as well...

Filippo Argiolas (fargiolas) wrote :

Someone in the forums posted a solution to this bug.. I've tested it and it seems to work but i didn't check the differences between the Default file and the patched one..
Please take a look at this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3584409#post3584409

Regular User (dot.ru) wrote :

@fargiolas: There's a fix and we all know that but we reported it because is a bug in the spotilight of every new user. We shipped Gutsy with that bug though...

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