flawless fbsplash

I’ve recently faced some problems with my fbsplash installation during a kernel upgrade. Until kernel linux-2.6.11-gentoo-r9 I had no problems at all…when I tried upgrading to linux-2.6.11-gentoo-r11 I had kernel messages all over my splash screen…

The solution was not quite obvious…I re-read the fbsplash HOWTO and I started checking out everything it says…
I ended up changing my lilo.conf to something that looks like this:

image = /boot/bzImage-2611-r11
root = /dev/hda6
label = G2.6.11-r11
append=”gentoo=nodevfs,video=radeonfb:ywrap,1024×768-32@85 splash=silent,fadein,theme:KillBillTux-Yellow quiet CONSOLE=/dev/tty1″
initrd = /boot/fbsplash-killbill-1024×768
read-only # read-only for checking

along with a nice re-emerging of splashutils.
Then it came to me…why have the bootsplash in the default runlevel and not on boot ? so I could get my bootsplash from the very beggining…like some modern distros like Ubuntu does.

rc-update add splash boot

And I thought that would be enough…wrong! Read again fool! http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_fbsplash#Adding_Background_To_All_Consoles

As the splash script requires ‘local’ to be run first, adding splash to runlevel BOOT will force local to execute earlier, which may cause some problems, eg. when you are using some web services in local (eg. ntp)

now what ? What if we create another “local” named local2 and put all our previous commands there ?

cp /etc/conf.d/local.start /etc/conf.d/local2.start
cp /etc/conf.d/local.stop /etc/conf.d/local2.stop
cp /etc/init.d/local /etc/init.d/local2

then edit /etc/init.d/local2 and change all occurances of local with local2
then it’s time for:

rc-update add local2 default

and…drums rolling…. it works!

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