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Re: Bug#575252: grub-pc: black frame around the background image

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: Bug#575252: grub-pc: black frame around the background image
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 18:19:59 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 03:23:20PM +0100, Francesco Muzio wrote:
> The last uploaded version of grub2 behaves bad with any resolution allowed by 
> vbeinfo
> The default background image 
> /usr/share/images/desktop-base/moreblue-orbit-grub.png
> isn't showed in fullscreen but there is a black frame around the grub menu

(grub-devel: This was originally filed at

Yes, I see the same thing.  This is because grub_gfxterm_fullscreen
hardcodes a 10-pixel border around the edge of the screen.  If the
background is just plain black, then this is fine, but it's not very
helpful with a background image which tends to be designed for the full
screen size.

Of course designers *could* design for the full screen size minus 10
pixels all round, but it seems a rather odd requirement to place on
them; the 10-pixel border should essentially be so that text isn't drawn
too close to the edge of the screen, not so much to restrict the
background image.  And, if you're arranging for the background image to
stay on the screen and transition relatively smoothly into an OS splash
screen, then the border looks actively weird: see around 0:13
for an example, as Plymouth repaints the whole background image without
the black border.

What's the best way to fix this?  Perhaps the background_image command
should disregard the border?

Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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