HOWTO: Spice up your boot text [font resolution and color]

Difficulty: Quick, easy and painless. 2 edits, no installs.

UPDATE: Screenshot example added below. Click here
(http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=347303#post347303) for a
detailed post and sample files to produce output.

STEP 1: Increase resolution (optional)
- Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
- Add vga=792 to your default boot option.

Example:

title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.10-5-k7 Default
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hde6 ro quiet splash vga=792
initrd /initrd.img
savedefault
boot

STEP 2: Colorize “[ ok ]” … these instructions will make it green

- Edit /lib/lsb/init-functions

- Find the log_end_msg () function, all the way at the bottom of the file

- Add GREEN=`$TPUT setaf 2` below RED=`$TPUT setaf 1`

- Change echo “$UP$END[ ok ]” to echo “$UP$END[ ${GREEN}ok${NORMAL} ]”

Here’s the full function, changes bolded.


log_end_msg () {
# If no arguments were passed, return
[ -z "$1" ] && return 1
# Only do the fancy stuff if we have an appropriate terminal
# and if /usr is already mounted
TPUT=/usr/bin/tput
EXPR=/usr/bin/expr
if [ -x $TPUT ] && [ -x $EXPR ] && $TPUT hpa 60 >/dev/null 2>&1; then
COLS=`$TPUT cols`
if [ -n "$COLS" ]; then
COL=`$EXPR $COLS – 7`
else
COL=73
fi
UP=`$TPUT cuu1`
END=`$TPUT hpa $COL`
START=`$TPUT hpa 0`
RED=`$TPUT setaf 1`
GREEN=`$TPUT setaf 2`
NORMAL=`$TPUT op`
if [ $1 -eq 0 ]; then
echo “$UP$END[ ${GREEN}ok${NORMAL} ]”
else
echo -e “$UP$START $RED*$NORMAL$END[${RED}fail${NORMAL}]”
fi
else
if [ $1 -eq 0 ]; then
echo ” …done.”
else
echo ” …fail!”
fi
fi
return $1
}


STEP 3: You’re done! Reboot!

- Reboot, and your resolution should be increased. Your [ ok ] messages should now be green.

Personally, I like this much better. Its simple to add colors and
change colors.. just use the above as a base and take it from there!
Enjoy :)

You can add MUCH more color than this. For example… To see my latest
init-functions file, which produces the output in the crappy screenshot
attached, click here
(http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=347303#post347303). Download
the attachment, and replace your init-functions file with mine. Backup
first, as always!! Get creative, and post your init-functions file to
share with the rest of us.

Thanks to this thread
(http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=41709&page=1&pp=10&highlight=boot+resolution)
for getting me started.

- DavidG

(P.S. This is my first HOWTO \\:D/)

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