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gfxboot - graphical boot screen test and config tool


gfxboot [ OPTIONS ] ARGS


gfxboot modifies and tests graphical boot loader configuration.


General options

-a, --archive FILE|DIRECTORY
Use FILE as gfxboot archive (default is /boot/message). If it points to a directory, assume it is an expanded archive (see --expand-archive option below).
-v, --verbose
Increase verbosity.
Keep temporary files.
Show gfxboot version.
Print usage.

Switching themes

--new-theme THEME
Activate THEME. Theme files are stored in /etc/bootsplash/themes/THEME/bootloader.
--update-theme THEME
Activate THEME but keep language settings from current gfxboot archive.

Changing gfxboot config

Show gfxboot config file (gfxboot.cfg).
--change-config [SECTION1::]OPTION1=FOO1 [SECTION2::]OPTION2=FOO2 ...
Change gfxboot config options. If sections are omitted, section "base" is used.
--rm-config [SECTION1::]OPTION1 [SECTION2::]OPTION2 ...
Delete gfxboot config options. If sections are omitted, section "base" is used.
--rm-section SECTION1 SECTION2 ...
Delete sections in gfxboot config file.
--default-language LANG
Make LANG the default language. LANG is a locale string (e.g. en_US).
--add-languages LANG1 LANG2 ...
Add translation files.
--rm-languages LANG1 LANG2 ...
Remove translation files.
--config-file FILE
Don't work on gfxboot.cfg from gfxboot archive but on FILE. NOTE: FILE will be modified even with "--test".

Preview/test gfxboot setup

-p, --preview
Try current config (needs some virtual machine).
-t, --test
Test only (don't actually change any files).
-b, --bootloader BOOTLOADER
Use BOOTLOADER (grub, lilo, isolinux, syslinux, pxelinux) for preview.
-m, --vm VM
Use virtual machine VM (bochs, qemu, qemu32, qemu64, vbox, vbox64, vmplayer, vmware) for preview.
Use grub from DIRECTORY or RPM (default is /).
Use lilo from DIRECTORY or RPM (default is /).
--syslinux DIRECTORY|RPM
Use syslinux from DIRECTORY or RPM (default is /).
--isolinux DIRECTORY|RPM
Use isolinux from DIRECTORY or RPM (default is /).
--pxelinux DIRECTORY|RPM
Use pxelinux from DIRECTORY or RPM (default is /).
--password PASSWORD
Create test config with PASSWORD for preview.
Create 32 bit test image.
Create 64 bit test image.
Create biarch test image (same as using --32 and --64).
--cdrom, --dvd
Create iso image for preview.
Create harddisk image for preview.
Create floppy image for preview.
Create tftp directory for preview.
--save-image FILE
Copy preview image to FILE.
--test-add-files FILE1 FILE2 ...
Add files to test directory.
--test-rm-files FILE1 FILE2 ...
Delete files from test directory.

Adding/removing files from gfxboot archive

--ls, --list-files
List gfxboot archive files.
--add-files FILE1 FILE2 ...
Add files to gfxboot archive.
--rm-files FILE1 FILE2 ...
Delete files from gfxboot archive.
--extract-files FILE1 FILE2 ...
Copy files from gfxboot archive to current working directory.
--show-file FILE
Print FILE.
--expand-archive DIRECTORY
Create expanded gfxboot archive version in DIRECTORY. That is, only files that cannot be read directly from file system are kept in a cpio archive. All others are unpacked. Use only for isolinux, syslinux, or pxelinux.
--pack-archive FILE
Pack all gfxboot files into cpio archive FILE.

Modifying help files

--help-show FILE
Print FILE (internal help file format) as HTML.
--help-create FILE
Convert HTML files passed as ARGS to FILE (internal format).
--used-pages LINK1 LINK2 ...
Mark pages as referenced.
--navi FILE
Use FILE as template for navigation links.
Define ENTITYx with VALUEx.


bootloader graphics archive (actually a cpio achive)
theme directory
default theme




Written by Steffen Winterfeldt.


If you want to create your own theme look at the gfxboot-devel package.
July 2008 gfxboot