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

while a closing tag has its name preceded with a backslash (\) character as in

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

The following values are supported:

<themes> Absolute path to the directory containing the installed splashy themes. Default: /etc/splashy/themes
<current_theme> Name of the theme to use. It must be the name of a directory in <themes>’s value’s directory. Default: default
<default_theme> 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
<pid> 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/
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:



/etc/splashy/config.xml Main configuration. Defines how splashy should be setup
/etc/splashy/themes/ Location where splashy themes are stored


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


Jacobo Vilella <>

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