xplanetFX renders high quality wallpapers of mother earth on your desktop. An extensive GUI (GTK) provides a lot of features and settings. Various templates place the planet inside different scenes and make shure your desktop never gets boring again. With realtime light, shadows and clouds!

traGtor is a graphical user interface for the awesome conversion tool ffmpeg. With multi streams, presets, multi language and a lot of other features traGtor is a handy tool for converting all audio and video formats through ffmpeg. traGtor is based on GTK and Python.

Calf studiogear is an extensive and high quality plugin pack for professional audio production under Linux. It provides a lot of synthesizers, effects and signal processing for the use with LV2 audio production suites (like Ardour) or as stand-alone through JACK.

Calf with all of its new features and processors isn't officially released by now so you have to grab the GIT-repository from sourceforge.net until we are ready for a stable release.

» calf.sourceforge.net

guess is a tool to launch (and kill) different setups of programs. It was invented to startup all needed synthesizers, audio suites, MIDI sequencers and stuff with the correct source files on the right desktop for a single audio production with just one click.

xplanetFX - series: Mit xplanetFX ganze Bilderserien erstellen

oRainge Theme: GTK-, GDM-, Metacity-, Icons-Theme

oRainge gDesklets: Sprechende Uhren, Kalender, System-Widgets (manual)

photogen:c SVG-Icons: Diverse High-Quality-Icons im SVG-Format

traffick: Serverumgebungen testen. Durch skalierbares Threading erzeugt traffick Unmengen an Suchanfragen und Webseitenaufrufen, um ein hohes Maß an Vorratsdaten Netzwerkauslastung zu simulieren.

GIMP Plug-In “Moderated Blur” for Tilt Shift and Depth-Of-Field Effects

stuff (de) guess calf traGtor xplanetFX

xplanetFX – HQ earth wallpapers

Create high quality renderings of mother earth with realistic clouding and lighting effects as your desktop wallpaper with “realtime” capabilities.

xplanet (by Hari Nair) is a great piece of software capable of creating renderings inside our solar system. To raise the quality of it’s output adding some graphical effects, it was a great candidate to link with imagemagick.

The result is xplanetFX, a user-friendly piece of software to configure, run or daemonize xplanet with h/q capabilities to create wallpapers of mother earth on your desktop.

More realistic maps and backgrounds and a sophisticated graphics handling produce nearly photo realistic images of our mothership. It’s GTK GUI makes it really easy to use and provides a lot of settings and a user friendly access to xplanetFX. And even the templating capabilities give xplanetFX an individual and stylish touch.

Jump to…

Or visit this page in turkish @ Özgür Yazılım Rehberi (outdated)

The features of xplanetFX

xplanetFX features

  • Fluffy clouds with bumps and shadows floating above the earth
  • High quality earth map with bump, color corrections and subtle sea levels
  • Corona with realistic lighting
  • Atmospheric gleam towards the lit edge
  • Specular reflection of the sun on water, ice and clouds
  • Templates with online pool to download from
  • Post processing with contras and color correction and a subtle “washed out” effect
  • Seamless wallpaper change in GNOME, KDE < 4.3, XFCE and XFCE4, Fluxbox and feh wallpaper changer (KDE > 4.3 with workaround)
  • Option to render to a specific file and invoke a command afterwards (change wallpaper of any other envrionment)
  • Startup delay to load desktop first
  • Creating single renderings for use in shell scripts
  • detailed logging
  • CLI Setup with customization depending on actual config (reconfigurable)
  • Small Toggle window for placing a starter in the panel
  • Daemon with nice value (less aggressive)
  • GTK user interface (english, russian, italian, french, spanish, japanese, dutch, czech, greek and german by now)
    • Different list views
    • Online theme pool
    • Extensive functionality in customization
    • Previews

Impressions

See some screenshots of a desktop with default settings @ 1920×1200 (16:10) from different angles:

xplanetFX - screenshot 5xplanetFX - screenshot 6xplanetFX - screenshot 1xplanetFX - screenshot 2xplanetFX - screenshot 8xplanetFX - screenshot 7

Concept

xplanetFX is mainly a daemon to render and “pimp” a wallpaper of planet earth with xplanet in intervals and to update your desktop background afterwards. The result is an image of our mothership displaying its appearance in realtime.

The image on the right displays the different steps or layers the final image is created from. A layer is normally based on a rendering of xplanet which is processed and composited by imagemagick.

All user data is stored in a hidden folder .xplanetFX. There you can find the actual configuration, all installed templates and all pre-processed images. This folder may grow very big if you install a lot of templates!

Daemon, GUI and CLI tools are all invoked with the command xplanetFX [option], have a look in the manual section of this page.

Installation

The DEB Packet is available via repository. Please keep in mind to never trust external repositories! Even though I will never upload any shit to this repo I recomment the old scool way regardless: add the RSS feed of this blog to your favorite feed reader and fetch the package from the header of this website if there’s a new version. The repository is signed (same goes for the packages, too) so you can be kind of “shure” that the stuff is what it is expected to be.

Since there are no release cycles like alpha/beta/RC/final the repository always contains the latest “bleeding edge” version which may produce some errors. Please report problems as soon as possible so fixes can be applied in 0 day. Than you very much.

Use the repository:

wget http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/PublicKey

sudo apt-key add PublicKey

rm PublicKey

echo "deb http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/ /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xplanetfx

Or get one of the packages below:

DEB

The DEB can be installed by doubleclicking it or executing the following command as superuser in the terminal:

dpkg -i xplanetfx-[version].deb

Please Note! The DEB package will not install in the software center of Ubuntu 11.04 since they implemented a linthian check to the installation process and I only provide a signed DEB. Take a look here for a workaround until there are more comfortable ways to get back signed packages in Ubuntu.

TAR.GZ

The TAR.GZ is an archive containing all neccessary files relative to /. To untar use

tar -C / -xzf xplanetfx-[version].tar.gz

The TAR.GZ contains an icon in /usr/share/pixmaps and a starter for GNOME desktops in /usr/share/applications. For other environments you have to add a starter manually. Look in the usage section for the CLI for more information.

Dependencies

xplanetFX depends on xplanet, imagemagick and optionally perlmagick. All of them should be installed automatically with the DEB packet.

The complete list of dependencies is as follows:

xplanet imagemagick python python-gtk2 python-glade2 perlmagick librsvg2-common

Some command lines for different package managers below (please correct me if they’re wrong):

DEB (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, …)

sudo apt-get install -y --force-yes xplanet imagemagick perlmagick

RPM (Red Hat)

su -c "rpm -i xplanet ImageMagick ImageMagick-perl"

YUM (Fedora etc.)

su -c "yum install xplanet ImageMagick-perl ImageMagick"

Yast (older Suse)

su -c "yast --install xplanet ImageMagick perl-PerlMagick"

Yast2 (newer Suse)

su -c "yast2 --install xplanet ImageMagick perl-PerlMagick"

 

The CLI-setup (xplanetFX –setup) is able to install xplanet and imagemagick via APT, RPM or YAST.

To use the GUI you need to have python and py-gtk installed. The GUI is based on the GTK toolkit which has to be installed, too. That should be default in all GNOME and similar desktop environments.

Autostart

Using the GUI or running

xplanetFX --setup

in the terminal gives the option to place a starter in autostart for GNOME, KDE and XFCE desktops. If you want to do it manually use the following command for a delayed desktop start:

xplanetFX --autostart

The delay is used to let your desktop load completely before firing up xplanetFX the first time and can be configured by CLI and GUI.

xplanetFX GTK-UI

xplanetFX comes with a GTK user interface. If you installed the TAR.GZ archive or aren’t on a GNOME desktop no starter was placed in your menu. To do it manually use the command

xplanetFX --gui

A neat image is located in /usr/share/pixmaps or /usr/share/xplanetFX.

Automation

To automate the download for always fetching the latest version (if you use installation routines for example) please use one of the following URL’s:

  • http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/latest/xplanetFX.deb
  • http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/latest/xplanetFX.rpm
  • http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/latest/xplanetFX.tar.gz

Uninstall and remove

To remove xplanetFX uninstall the package via your package manager. If you have installed the tar.gz you have to delete the following items (as root):

rm -r /usr/share/xplanetFX # the programs folder
rm /usr/bin/xplanetFX # the executable
rm /usr/share/pixmaps/xplanetFX.svg # the icon
rm /usr/share/applications/xplanetFX.desktop # the GNOME starter

In every case you have to remove the hidden folder in your home directory to get rid of all installed templates and other user data:

rm -r ~/.xplanetFX

Templates

Templates can be installed via CLI or the GUI. xplanetFX comes only with the default template so you can decide for yourself which one you want to install.

Since xplanetFX 2.0 themes can be downloaded, installed and upgraded via the themepool inside the GUI so no manual downloading is neccessary anymore.

Click on the image for a 1920×1200 preview (PNG).

 

If you want to have this in your blog or your website, just insert an iframe with the following code (and the right brackets):
{iframe src=’http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9001/’ width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 border=0}{/iframe}

Usage

CLI

To use xplanetFX execute the following command:

xplanetFX [OPTION]

while [OPTION] is one of the following:

--help show the help.
--setup configure xplanetFX step by step if the GUI isn't available on your system
--start start in the background. A running script will be stopped.
--stop stop a running instance.
--toggle display a window asking for starting/stopping xplanetFX
--autostart start xplanetFX with the autostart delay
--tray start xplanetFX's tray applet
--single [file] create one single image and exit
--template [template] [style] activate an installed template
--random activate a randomly chosen template
--log show the latest log file.
--clearlog remove all log files
--gui open a GTK userinterface
--rclouds remove a corrupt clouds image
--install [file] install a template file (use absolute path)
--geometry [WIDTHxHEIGHT] set xplanetFX to specified size
--background [image] set a custom background image
--overlay [image] set a custom overlay image, "0" to disable, "1" to enable
--install-nbmc setup the NASA Blue Marble Collection service
--remove-nbmc remove the NASA Blue Marble Collection service
--update-templates convert all templates for version >= 1.1
Without any option xplanetFX will run in the terminal.

Please note! It’s not necessary to run xplanetFX –setup when the GUI is available on your system and you installed via DEB package (or handled dependencies manually). This function is more or less a GUI replacement.

GUI

The graphical user interface is multilanguage, whatever the screenshots may tell you ,) The interface is completely independent from a running xplanetFX – closing the window won’t stop a running xplanetFX-daemon.

The user interface comes with four tabs, Themes, Display, Settings and Tools. At the bottom of the window there are two buttons to handle the xplanetFX-daemon and one to close the user interface. If you want to restart a running instance of the xplanetFX daemon clicking the run-button is enough. The status of the daemon is displayed left of the buttons.

Stop: xplanetFX is completely inactive and will not render any image.

Pause: xplanetFX is waiting for the next render cycle. In this state it will not use any CPU and a minimal amount of memory.

Play: xplanetFX is just rendering an image. Have a look on the tools tab to see what it’s doing atm.

If a download is proceeding the status area will display the state along a little cancel button to abort the transfer and remove the processed data.

Themes

The main tab where you can select installed themes, install new ones or remove installed themes from your disk.

On top of the tab you can visit the online theme pool to download themes from there to your local hard drive. In the theme pool multiple themes can be selected and downloaded at once. The “apply” button or a double click causes xplanetFX to start downloading. You’re able to remove themes from within the pool, too. Even multiple selection/deletion is possible.

On the right side next to the big theme pool button there are two buttons to select the list view of your locally installed themes.

  • Flip view: this view provides two lists of previews, one with a flip effect and bigger thumbnails and one below with very small sized images. Marking a style in one of those lists triggers the other lists to highlight it, too.
  • Thumb view: This view provides a list with medium sized thumbnails. Marking one of them causes the flip views to highlight it, too.

To select an installed theme select it with a single left click in the list and hit “activate” afterwards. Alternatively double-click on the thumbnail to set the selection as the current theme. A running xplanetFX will be stopped and restarted. Please note that activating a theme may take a moment because there are some image conversions computed in the background.

You can install new themes by clicking “add”. In the file chooser select the *.tar.gz file you downloaded. Or you may simply drag’n’drop the packages into one of the lists to install or update. If you updated the actual selected theme you have to activate it again (by double click or the corresponding button) so the images xplanetFX is using are updated.

Removing themes with “remove” always removes the complete theme with all of it’s styles! The current selected theme and the default theme can’t be removed.

Display

Position: This tab provides a preview with the ability to place the earth with a mouse click or by drag’n’drop.

Alternatively the position can be set with the x/y spin buttons left to the preview.

The marker button bottom left to the canvas displays some marker lines for easier orientation.

The backgrounds and overlays are taken from the actual template and the earth gives a vague imagination of the activated effects. Please note that the background and overlay of the final wallpaper are affected by the post production f/x, too.

custom background / custom overlay: 2.2.27 introduces a new feature: custom backgrounds and overlays. There are three new buttons in the tab configuring the display of the earth giving you control over the images xplanetFX uses as background and final overlay.

Keep in mind that overlays have to be in PNG format to have transparency. The images you choose are converted directly to the working directory of xplanetFX and can be deleted afterwards.

Custom images are overwritten when a new template is chosen or when you change your display geometry in the settings tab.

Size: The fader sets the size of the earth. It is measured in percent of the screens height as the radiant of the globe. Some of the themes use overlay images so resizing could look very odd with these themes.

Corona size: This fader sets the size of the corona drawn below the planet. The lower values look more realistic while higher values could make some neat effects together with a high blur value. Setting the fader to 0 disables drawing of the corona and can save some CPU load. [ref]

Corona blur: The blurriness of the corona. Smaller values look way more realistic while a higher setting may produce a neat glow effect.

Cloud distance: If h/q clouds are enabled you can set a distance of the clouds layer to the surface of the earth. The value is the 1/1000 multiplier of the earth size added to it. Lower values look more realistic (about 10), themes with a small earth benefit from slightly higher values (about 20 or 30)

Stars FOV: Here you can tell xplanetFX to render the original star field on the background image, hidden by an overlay (if the style uses one). The fader sets the field of view of the map. Medium values look more realistic. Setting the fader to 0 disables drawing of the star field. The CPU load depends on the setting of the post f/x. If it is disabled the impact is really low, with post f/x enabled it produces a medium load and generates a subtle shine around the stars. The positions are taken from the bright stars catalogue.

  • Clouds: render h/q clouds with a distance to the eraths surface having some shadows below. Disabling the clouds result in flat projection of greyscale clouds on the surface. This setting has the greatest impact on render time. [ref]
  • Specular: This button toggles the specular spot generated by the suns reflection on seas, clouds and ice. It’s impact on rendering time is medium. [ref]
  • Atmosphere: The athmosphere f/x adds a subtle blue light at the lit edge of the planet. It smoothes the border between clouds, corona and planet a bit. [ref]
  • Post f/x: this button enables a post production where a special image-enhancing layer is rendered above the final image. It adds some contrast, color enhancement and a slight washed-out effect. The impact on rendering time is not as high as on the clouds effects but kind of high as well.

Save: All settings have to be saved first before they will take effect.

Reset: Clicking on the “reset” button will load all settings of the chosen template without converting the images (like (re-)activating of a template would do).

View

This tab provides all settings related to the appearance of the earth.

Target: This section selects a target on the surface you will look at. The earth will stay static while the sun rotates around it. You will see the day/night border slip around the planet. Please note that choosing a position far away from the equator the result may not look as good since you’ll see a lot of the poles. This is made more clear with the colour of the target crosshair.

The little earth in the lower left corner of the world map shows exactly what view you will get with your actual settings. If there is a random button enabled the corresponding direction is randomized, too..

You can set latitude or longitude to random. If latitude is set to random, the target hits near the equator more often than far up in the north or down in the south. This is made more clear with the color, too.

The “search in a browser” button opens a map in your preferred web browser where you can choose a position. In the bottom right corner you can see the position of your mouse pointer.

Choosing a city from the list sets the latitude/longitude to its position. You have to save the settings before they will take effect.

Orbit: Instead of viewing a static earth with a rotating sun (alternating day and night) you can enable this option with the button to the right. The view will then follow the suns orbit – you’ll always see the same day/night border while the earth is rotating underneath.

The fader sets the angle between the viewer and the sun which is displayed in the little widget that provides a top-view on the planet to set your day/night border.

The longitude set in the target section is shown at high noon (you should place it to where the UTC offset of your computers clock is located, normally at your home location), the latitude defines the vertical angle of the viewers position.

Activating the orbit automatically disables an eventually activated random setting on the longitude.

Date: xplanetFX always displays your local date. You can set a fixed date with this setting enabled on the right. This means earth and sun will remain static. The clouds are the actual ones in every case.

Save: All settings have to be saved first before they will take effect.

Settings

This tab contains the settings of xplanetFX. They are described in short words there. The settings must be explicitely saved with the corresponding button on the bottom before they will take effect.

Screensize: This setting is essential in saving render time. The default is 1920×1200 which is kind of large. For example: using 960×600 will take just the quarter of the overall time to render. The button on the right sets the size depending on your display resolution. Saving the settings with a differing screen size takes a moment since there are some images computed in the background. This should be your first setting on a fresh install of xplanetFX.

Output: select where xplanetFX should render the images to. If you are running one of the supported desktop environments or desktop changers it should be displayed on the button. If no known d/e was found, this is mentioned by the buttons label, too. You can toggle between your d/e or “file” which means that xplanetFX will render the result to a file you can specify here. This is only needed for unknown desktop environments in conjunction with the next setting:

Script: You can execute a script before and/or after every render cycle. This could be essential if you’re running an unknown desktop environment and you need to call a custom command to update your background image. Another benefit of this setting could be an update of backgrounds on other machines after xplanetFX has created a new one. If you don’t need to run anything after a rendering cycle just leave this field empty.

Refresh: This fader sets the time between each rendering. It isn’t neccessary to update too often since an hour means a rotation of only 15 degrees. On a multicore system 20 minutes should be a good compromise, on slow machines an hour or more should be okay.

Delay: If xplanetFX is in your autostart or started with the option –autostart it waits for this delay until the first render cycle starts. It is used to let your desktop settle down before the first heavy load on your CPU.

Language: choose one of installed languages from the list. It will be used immediately and will remain for future use.

Notifications: If you have a GNOME desktop and libnotify, xplanetFX informs you about the render process with a little preview image.

System Tray: If your desktop environment provides a system tray, you may want to show a little icon displaying xplanetFX’s state. A left click on the icon disables or enables the xplanetFX daemon and a right click opens a menu with two entries: open (xplanetFX UI) and close (the tray applet).

Battery: If you’re on a notebook xplanetFX can check the battery state to skip a render cycle while on battery power. This feature needs the program “acpi” to be installed on your machine which isn’t in the dependencies list to keep it optional.

Save: All settings have to be saved first before they will take effect.

Services

xplanetclouds.com: If you have registered an account at Hari Nair’s frequently updating clouds service (new clouds every three hours), activate this section and enter your user data here. The Button on the lower right chooses the resolution of the images (i.e. the quality) you have registered for. If your username or password doesn’t fit xplanetFX falls back on the free clouds images renewed every 24 hours and informs the user in the log file (on the last tab) about.

Unregistered users will have free clouds images updated every 24 hours.

NASA Blue Marble Collection: If you want to have monthly updating images from the NASA on your planet, use this service. You have to install it first via the “install” button on the right. Afterwards you can enable or disable this feature. Please note that the installation process takes a while which is visualized on the last “tools” tab in the log view.

The images aren’t updated so reinstalling them frequently doesn’t have any effect apart from pissing off the providers.

Enabling or disabling this feature has to be saved to take effect.

Tools

On the last tab there are some neat functions apart from the log display.

The log displays some useful information about the xplanetFX daemon. You can see how much time every step takes. In the header of every render cycle there’s the verion number of your xplanetFX, please provide it along with your information when reporting a problem. Some lines from your log can be useful, too.

The last line of every block shows how long xplanetFX will go to take a nap until it will heat up your CPU again.

Refresh clouds: This function can remove a distorted clouds image. It may become neccessary if a download was corrupted. A new image will be fetched with the next rendering cycle of xplanetFX. To see the changes immediately please restart xplanetFX by hitting the run button at the bottom of the window. Since xplanetFX tries to validate downloaded clouds images automatically it shouldn’t be neccessary normally.

Save image: Make your settings and save them. Click on this button and choose a target file to render a single image to. It’s useful to create a view of a special date or something. Note that a running xplanetFX daemon will be stopped and isn’t restarted automatically afterwards.

Update templates: This one opens a little window which will check all themes in the online theme pool. It will show if there is some new stuff, themes you have installed that got updated and themes with a corrupt time stamp. Activate the desired sets of themes via the buttons and hit “apply” afterwards. This will download and install all selected themes automatically.

Autostart: if you are running a desktop environment xplanetFX knows you can choose to autostart the daemon with your desktop automatically. Use the delay setting on the settings tab to choose how long xplanetFX should wait after a reboot until it will render the first image.

Specials

Here you find some useful stuff to use together with your xplanetFX

Image series with xplanetFX

If you wonder how the teaser in the top right corner of this article was made you should try this script. It is an easy tool to render single shots over a range of time with a defined delay.

NASA Blue Marble Collection

If you like more colourful textures and a brighter night image you may want to use the NASA Blue Marble Collection as textures. They also provide monthly changing pictures according to the seasons. To implement them easily in your xplanetFX you can use this script.

This feature is available in the xplanetFX user interface under “Services”.

Known issues

Slackware 14.0 x86_64 with multilibs and XFCE 4.10

KaMii stumbled over a problem and provided a fix for it in Slackware:

LWP::Simple is not a standard perl module, so you have to compile it yourself with this command:

FIRST: Let us check to see if it is installed
perl -MLWP::Simple -e 1

If you got an error message then it is not installed.

SECOND: open a root shell and run this command
perl -MCPAN -e’install “LWP::Simple”‘

This will ask you some questions (READ IT) then it will download, compile, and install the module. To check to see if it works run this:
cd ~/.xplanetFX/cache; cp clouds.jpg clouds.tmp.jpg; perl /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/verify_clouds.pl

The output should say:
Verifying image data…
Image “clouds.tmp.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.

If not, go back and look through the steps above you may have missed something. Alternatively you can run these commands then re-run the perl /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/verify_clouds.pl command:
use lib ‘/usr/local/module’;
use LWP::Simple;

I hope this helps anyone who may be having these same issues.

Thanks a lot to KaMii!

malformed-deb-archive found 4 members instead of 3

Some distributions with a restrictive debian package check will throw this warning. You can just click it away because the fourth member in the package is a signature and is needed to get trustworthy packages from my repository. There’s no other way to sign packages by now than this. So instead of getting worried about the warning you should ask why there’s no trustworthy mechanism for signed debs in your distribution.

Wallpaper doesn’t show in newer XFCE

The reason may be an existing empty ~/.config/xfce4/mcs_settings/desktop.xml,
probably remaining from previous xfce4 versions running on the machine. Once removed,
problem solved:

using xfconf as backend.

Thanks to J. Esteban for investigating this one!

Wallpaper doesn’t show in 11.04

The new desktop environment of UBUNTU 11.04 seems to have problems with unknown wallpapers. If xplanetFX seems to work like a charm but the wallpaper doesn’t change try to add ~/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetfx1.png and ~/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetfx1.png to the list of “known” wallpapers manually via the GUI.

Thanks to LinuxNut for investigating!

X freezes on wallpaper change in GNOME

If you’re experiencing freezes while the desktop environment switches the wallpaper, please try one of the following workarounds:

KDE > 4.3

KDE has stripped the dcop service and replaced it with dbus. The new interface doesn’t have any option to switch the wallpaper to a specific one by now so these versions are unsupported at the moment until I found a workaround or KDE implements this (webwide heavily demanded) feature again.

Sebastian added a cool trick to get around this issue – thanx dude!

Here’s a short workaround for enjoying xplanetfx on KDE4.x :

  1. create a new directory somewhere in your home folder (hidden, if you want)
  2. configure xplanetfx to export single image in this directory (menu Settings, Output, File); don’t use the KDE feature of xplanetfx which is broken in KDE4
  3. configure KDE to use “slideshow” (instead of a single image) as wallpaper and reference the created directory; the slideshow should refresh frequently

Another KDE4 solution…

Chris pointed out another solution in the comments (german). Thanks for that!

Moon slips behind earth

As you can see on the layer model of xplanetFX earth and moon are rendered on the same layer which makes it impossible to let the corona or the clouds get in between them. This becomes a visible problem when the moon is slipping behind the earth as the screenshot on the right shows. To work around this issue the overall render time would increase way to much which bis not an option for this rare issue.

Version history

If you want to have this in your blog or your website, just insert an iframe with the following code (and the right brackets):
{iframe src=”http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000/archive/xplanetFX.html’ width=100% height=480 frameborder=0 border=0}{/iframe}

Contributions

  • SteveH: maintainance for Arch Linux
  • Chrischi: my personal pocket calculator for freaky calculations. Works perfectly! .)
  • Виталий Камелин (Vitaliy Kamelin): Russian language file
  • ZoSo Moon: Spanish language file
  • Greg Drouin: French language file
  • Lino Fantasia: Italian language file
  • bigriver9: Japanese language file
  • Tim van der Kodde: Dutch language file
  • Martin Pavlík: Czech language file
  • vagrale13: Greek language file
  • Anielius: Lithuanian language file
  • Péter Gábor: Hungarian language file

Thank you very much guys!!

Credits

This program was originally inspired by xplanetconfig, a german project, and some ideas around the net about xplanet. The project xplanetconfig has some more features in settings compared to the limitations of xplanetFX, try it if you prefer other constellations rather than the earth in HQ with themeing and GUI.

Another inspiration was the documentary “Global Brain” by Peter Russel [de] [en] every human being should have watched (I know that there’s a lot of scientific incorrect assumption in there but that’s not the point).

License

xplanetFX is released under the custom F4A-License. Its main context:

Once again – licensing is completely overrated – my wiener is long enough to give a shit for. Instead of asking for donation or something like that please spend some bucks to the next best rough sleeper you’ll meet or to some of the guys our governments, banks and corporations have beaten the shit out of all over the world – confirmed, paid and legitimated by us. Thank you.

  1. 557 comments on “xplanetFX – HQ earth wallpapers”

  2. Chrischi

    yeehaw! das sieht einfach so fett aus! da minimiert man beim arbeiten immer wieder mal alle fenster, um mal nen blick drauf zu werfen ;)

    thx!

  3. Markus

    Hey!

    Ja geil, freut mich :) Mein “show desktop” Shortcut wurde seitdem auch häufiger gemissbraucht, als in seinem bisherigen Dasein…

  4. Hans

    Einfach supper.

  5. Markus

    Hey Hans,

    danke!

  6. Hari

    Hi Markus – I’ve used your scripts a bit and I really like it! I had to make a few modifications to run on OS X but it works there too. One comment – you don’t allow the latitude to be random, right? This would be a nice feature. The option -random to xplanet assigns a random lat/lon/rotation to the image. You have to be a little careful assigning random latitudes – use asin(rand) where rand goes from -1 to 1. Otherwise you will get lots of images near the poles!

    Great work!

  7. Markus

    omg – the developer of xplanet himself! I’m not worthy ^^ thank you very much for your impressions! I’ll have a look at the random latitudes you mentioned. Next version is on it’s way, I added some new themes and took care of the existing ones to be legal (pure creative commons stuff from flickr).

    Perhaps you could send me the mod’s for OSX so we get a cross-platform version? Would be great!

    Thanks for your tests, greetings, Markus.

  8. Hari

    Hi Markus – I took a short cut on OS X. ImageMagick and Xplanet are not installed by default, and sed is not GNU sed. So I installed everything using MacPorts. Perhaps the best course of action is to create a portfile, and then the system will know what else needs to be installed along with xplanetfx. I don’t know how to build a portfile, though!

    We can continue this over email. I should have a little time over the next few weeks.

  9. Dustin

    Hey.!

    hab deine Site und alles von Christian bekommen und bin mega begeistert.!
    Respekt vor deiner Arbeit !!

    lg der Dustin

  10. Markus

    Hey Dustin,

    ja vielen Dank, Mann! Und viel Spaß mit dem Zeug!

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  11. maex

    oh mann. endlich auch installiert. wieooooberfettalda. o0
    gewohnt genial – reschpeggd

  12. Markus

    Ja geil, fetten Dank Mann =)

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  15. Netter Mensch

    Hallo,

    ich habe gerade xplanetfx entpackt. Und einen Bug gefunden. :D

    Wenn man weder Gnome noch KDE hat und das Gui startet, erwartet einen folgender Fehler:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 811, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 93, in __init__
    self._DESKTOP = self.get_desktop()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 505, in get_desktop
    info = getoutput(‘xprop -root _DT_SAVE_MODE’)
    NameError: global name ‘getoutput’ is not defined

    Das ließ sich aber einfach beheben; Ein import in der Funktion get_desktop schafft Abhilfe:
    from commands import getoutput

    Nach den leichten Startschwierigkeiten möchte ich diesem Projekt aber trotzdem herzlich danken. Wirklich wunderschön.

    Ich hoffe ich konnte helfen. cya

  16. Markus

    Hey Netter Mensch,

    ja wow, vielen Dank dafür! Da ich ausschließlich mit GNOME rum mache, sind andere Desktops immer mehr so Blindflug, daher bin ich für Tests und vor allem Reports sehr dankbar.

    Vor allem aber Danke für den direkt mitgelieferten Fix :) wird demnächst behoben und mit ein paar tollen neuen Features zusammen rausgehaun.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

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  22. Alexander Batischev

    Hi,

    Your script is unable to setup a wallpaper if there’s no DESKTOP environment variable. So here’s the patch: http://www.pastebin.ca/1938142

    xplanetFX is wonderful, thank you for it! ;)

  23. Markus

    Hey Alexander,

    wow – thank you very much! I Never have heard of feh before. Due to your patch and to some problems with KDE > 4.3 I’ll implement a smarter desktop change. Thank you!

    Greetings, Markus.

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  25. Markus

    Hey! I modified your workaround a little bit and implemented it. I made 3 comments (two in xplanetFX and one in the GUI) about your contribution. And I added a feature to let xplanetFX render into a configurable file and to call a script after the render cycle has finished. This way everyone should have an option to update his wallpaper. Except the guys on KDE > 4.3 ^^ Thanks, man!

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  29. Gast

    Ist es möglich, dass nicht ein starres Bild der Erde (mit wechselndem Hell/Dunkel) zu sehen ist, sondern bspw. auf einem Breitengrad immer der Längengrad mit 12 Uhr mittags? So würde sich also quasi die Erde drehen…

  30. Matthias

    HAMMER GEILES DING!
    Ich muss sagen, dass es mal wieder etwas ist, was mich so richtig vom Hocker gehauen hat. Perfekt Umgesetzt!

  31. Markus

    Hey!

    @Gast: klingt nicht nach “ist heute abend fertig”, muss ich schauen.

    @ Matthias: Oh Mann, danke!!

  32. Johannes

    Unglaublich – gefällt mir richtig gut!!!

    Wie kann man das skripten, dass z.B. alle 10 Minuten ein Bild gerendert wird, welches in einem bestimmten Ordner mit der Uhrzeit als Dateinamen abgelegt wird? Dann könnte ich dieses Hammer-Teil auch auch meinem gezwungenermaßen Windows-Arbeitsrechner genießen, wenn man die Bilder als Diashow der Reihe nach startet. Wobei ich dann wahrscheinlich nicht mehr zum arbeiten komme, weil ständig alle Fenster minimiert sind… ;-)

    Nochmals: Wirklich super!

  33. Markus

    Hey Johannes,

    habe da mal was zusammen gehackt. Rechtsklick, “speichern unter…”, ausführbar machen.

    Dann in xplanetFX den Daemon stoppen, die gewünschten Werte (Auflösung, Template, Effekte…) einstellen und mit der Einstellung “festes Datum” den Startzeitpunkt der Serie angeben. Speichern.

    Dann das Script ausführen. Entweder Doppelklick -> “Ausführen” oder:

    [Pfad zum Script]xplanetFX_series [pfad zum zielordner] [Intervall in Sekunden] [Dauer in Sekunden]

    Ist das Verzeichnis nicht gegeben, wird das aktuelle Arbeitsverzeichnis genommen.
    Ist das Intervall nicht gegeben, sind es 10 Minuten (600 Sekunden)
    Ist die Dauer nicht gegeben, sind es 24 Stunden.
    Man kann kein Intervall ohne Verzeichnis angeben
    man kann keine Dauer ohne Intervall und Verzeichnis angeben

    Beispiele:

    ./xplanetFX_series ~/Backgrounds
    Desktop/xplanetFX_series Desktop 1800

    Einfacher Doppelklick wäre “ausgeschrieben” dann:

    [Pfad zum Script]/xplanetFX_series [Pfad zum Script] 600 86400

    …und erzeugt Bilder in dem Verzeichnis, in dem das Script liegt, alle 10 Minuten über 24 Stunden.

    Braucht Python und Zenity (oder KDialog unter KDE), unter Ubuntu Standard. Kdialog kann keine vernünftigen Progressbars und ich baue jetzt nicht noch dcop-Unterstützung ein ;) also unter KDE isses uncool. Alles andere hat Ausgaben im Terminal.

    Hoffe, das funzt alles so, viel Erfolg ;) Gruß, Markus.

  34. Michel

    Hi, echt schick, du hast im deb noch einen kleinen script-fehler im -resize $VALUE^ <- ^

    Aber ich habe noch ein anders Problem, die Night Map ist unscharf bzw doppelt und die Atmosphaere hat rechts eine sehr harte Kante, kann man da was machen ?

    http://nsas.de/~michel/xplanet2.png

  35. Markus

    Hey Michel,

    vielen Dank für den Bugreport! Ich werde aber nicht ganz schlau draus :/

    Also das “^” ist okay so, ich gehe davon aus, dass der Ausschnitt aus einer imagemagick-Befehlszeile stammt und da steht das Dach für “keep ratio”. Kann es sein, dass genau diese Änderung das Problem verursacht? Außerdem: welche Version nutzt Du gerade? Bzw. aus welcher Datei ist der Schnipsel? Denn ich kann $VALUE nicht finden. Das Problem “harte Kante” ist ein nicht zentriert gerendertes Wolkenbild (sieht man auch an den Schatten, die zu passen scheinen, aber unter den Wolken hervor schauen) und könnte tatsächlich durch ein fehlendes “^” verursacht werden. Kein Plan, wie da eine Nightmap mit rein rutschen kann, aber es scheint, als wäre eine Nightmap mit in Deinem Wolkenbild, was dann nicht ganz passend auf Deine Erde gelegt wird. Dann wäre der Bug, dass das Wolkenlayer die Nightmap beinhaltet. Aber das unzentrierte Wolkenlayer ist auf jeden Fall insgesamt für die Probleme verantwortlich.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  36. Michel

    Hallo Markus,

    entschuldige bitte, ich wusste nicht das es diese ^ Parameter gibt, in meiner Version (ImageMagick 6.3.7) unter Debian Lenny scheint es noch nicht enthalte zu sein, da ich immer ‘convert: invalid argument for option `1920×1200^': -resize’ bekomme wenn ich das ^ in deinem scirpt (/usr/bin/xplanetFX) belasse.

    Ich werde mir mal ein backport einer neueren Version von convert besorgen oder es selber kompilieren und dann noch mal versuchen.

  37. Michel

    So, ging schneller als gedacht, mit Version 6.6.5.3 bekomme ich den resize fehler nicht mehr aber leider bleibt das Problem bestehen, ich habe dir noch mal ein aktuelles Bild hochgeladen.

    http://nsas.de/~michel/xplanet2.png

    Aufgefallen ist mir noch, das ich diesen Effekt(fehler) nur bekomme, wenn ich den HQ-Wolken effekt aktiviere. Sonst nicht.

    Gruss Michel

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  39. Markus

    Hey Michel,

    hast Du das “^” wieder eingefügt? Und machst Du mit der neusten Version rum? Nach wie vor wundert mich das $VALUE, das gibt es in neueren Versionen nicht mehr.

    Es scheint, dass das Wolkenbild richtig vergrößert wird, das Zuschneiden auf die Originalgröße aber nicht klappt (er schneidet nicht zentriert, sondern mit dem Bezugspunkt links oben). Das ganze passiert auch nur bei HQ-Wolken (also das eigenständige Rendern und anschließendes Vergrößern/Drüberlegen), ohne die HQ-Wolken wird das Wolkenbild einfach nur auf die Erdtextur geklatscht und passt damit natürlich.

    Außerdem hast Du ein paar Maps geändert – dabei ist es wichtig, auf die Größen zu achten, sonst kann es Probleme geben. Ich gehe auch nach wie vor davon aus, dass (warum auch immer) in dem Wolkenrendering die Nightmap mitgerendert wird. hast Du da evtl. an den Configs rumgeschraubt? Die clouds-Config darf keine Texturen mitrendern, tut sie im Original auch nicht. Das evtl. geändert?

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  40. michel

    Hallo Markus,
    kannst du mir einmal eine Email schreiben, ich denke es ist einfacher diese Problem ueber Mail zu loesen.

    Gruss Michel

  41. Johannes

    Hallo Markus,

    das Skript rockt. 24 Stunden mit 6 Bildern pro Stunde. Und das sehr elegant…

    Hast du evtl. eine Idee, wie ich es hinbekomme, dass das Wolkenbild nicht über den ganzen Zeitraum statisch bleibt, sondern sich so wie im regulären Betrieb ändert? Ist aber nicht soo wichtig, ich guck mal, ob ich da fündig werde…

    Danke nochmals!!!

    Gruß
    Johannes.

  42. Markus

    Hey Johannes,

    Für “echte” Wolken gibt es leider keine praktikable Lösung. Wüsste nicht, dass es irgendwo einen Server gibt, der alle Wolkenbilder als Archiv vorhält.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  43. Kyros

    Hallo Markus,

    danke für dein tolles xplanetFX – läuft bei mir seit 2 Tagen auf meinem Laptop (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) und hat schon viele Bewunderer gefunden.

    Ich finde Deine Gedanken oben bei “License” super, obwohl ich denke, dass xplanetFX vorallem für Design-orientiereten Mac-User xxx-desirable wäre – nur wenns nix kostet, können viele aus der Welt es nicht entsprechend schätzen … … aber egal – jedenfalls nochmals 1000 Dank und ich mach mich auf die Suche nach dem nächsten rough sleeper, um ein paar € in Deinem Sinne los zu werden.

    Servus, Kyros
    … ein 177cm langer Wiener… ;-)

  44. Markus

    hey Kyros,

    wow, ganz herzlichen Dank!!

    > nur wenns nix kostet, können viele aus der Welt es nicht entsprechend schätzen

    Ich setze da ja schwer auf die menschliche Lernfähigkeit, gerade erst zwei Geschäftspartner von MacOSX auf Ubuntu gebracht (jailed devices, iPhone4, Appstore in 10.7, vollkommene Abwesenheit von Kompatibilität, uvm. – da hakt’s offenbar sogar bei dem eingefleischtesten Applefanboy aus).

    Also vielen lieben Dank nochmal nach Wien, markus.

  45. DocHifi

    Wow, ich habe schon länger mit Xplanet gespielt, aber das übertrifft ja nun alles.
    So fette Bilder und so plastisch.
    Daumen hoch!!

  46. Markus

    Oh Mann – Danke!

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  48. Markus

    @ Gast: besser spät als nie, die drehende Erde ist eingebaut.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

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  50. Alex Yakushev

    Hello, Marcus!
    I guess, you didn’t get the idea Alexander Batischev wrote right. He meant, that there are some window managers (WM) that do not provide the $DESKTOP variable (leaving it nil). So when the script tries to check this variable, it crashes with the message:

    /usr/bin/xplanetFX: Zeile 1143: [: =: Einstelliger (unärer) Operator erwart

    So it is enough just to add a simple checking $DESKTOP for nil before trying to compare it to other strings.
    And one more thing, feh isn’t a wm, it is a program to view images, and besides it can set the wallpaper on any WM. So you can remove the line

    if [ $DESKTOP = "feh" ]; then

    and replace it with kind of “else” statement, so if no WMs matched, so it will use feh to set up wallpaper.
    Thanks a lot for what are you doing!

  51. Markus

    Hi Alex,

    thanks for your bug report! No worries, I got Alexander’s idea right. But I think you didn’t see through my implementation. $DESKTOP isn’t coming in from the orb (is there any DE setting it?), it is set by the script itself in line 221-225. It’s obvious that feh isn’t a WM or a DE, so calling the var $DESKTOP isn’t 100% fitting its content, you’re right. But I don’t think it’s that important. Here’s the snippet:

    # DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT
    # feh as a wallpaper switcher was mentioned by Alexander Batischev,
    # thanks for pointing that out.
    if [ x"$KDE_FULL_SESSION" = x"true" ]; then DESKTOP="KDE";
    elif [ x"$GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID" != x"" ]; then DESKTOP="GNOME";
    elif xprop -root _DT_SAVE_MODE | grep ' = \"xfce4\"$' >/dev/null 2>&1; then DESKTOP="XFCE";
    elif ["`feh -h >/dev/null 2>&1; echo $?`" == "0" ]; then DESKTOP="feh";
    fi

    Just doing an “else” without feh on the machine makes no sense either – it would throw an error, too. The problem here is that $DESKTOP never gets initialized if there’s nothing like KDE, Gnome, XFCE or feh on board. So the correct fix is to explicitly initialize $DESKTOP with an (else DESKTOP=”snafu”) in line 225 (because I don’t like undecided routines, vars with a mixture of types or kind of “whatever”-states). Thanks alot for pointing out that there’s a problem. Cause I don’t have any other stuff than Gnome it’s impossible for me to realize this kind of bugs.

    If there are further problems please drop me a note and we will do the investigation over email.

    Thanks, Markus.

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  54. SteveH

    Hi,

    The Version History links don’t seem to be working. I was after a direct link to the 1.1.5 tar.gz so I use it as a link in a package to upload to the Arch User Repository .

    Also, I’ve noticed a mistake. Note the missing space between [ and ” immediately after the elif
    elif ["`feh -h >/dev/null 2>&1; echo $?`" == "0" ]; then DESKTOP=”feh”;

    Thanks for all your effort on xplanetFX

    –Steve

  55. Adam

    Hi,

    I love your program. It’s awesome. Have you ever considered developing a port for Windows users? I would be more than happy to do this. I think it would be great to expand access to your program to a wider userbase, plus it would let me run your program at work also instead of just at home! :)

  56. Markus

    Hey!

    @SteveH: Damn, you’re right! I fixed the files history, should work now. And thank you very much for the bug report including the fix! I’ll implement and upload it tonight.

    @Adam: Thankee! But I don’t plan porting _anything_ to Windows. But feel free trying to port it to other platforms. Johannes has had the idea to have a script generating a 24 hour range of images through xplanetFX to set up a wallpaper changer under Windows. You can get it here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_series

    Download and make it executable. Open xplanetFX and stop the daemon. Activate the specific date setting and enter a start date/time. Configure your settings like screen resolution aso and save the settings.

    Execute the script with a double click or:

    [path to script]xplanetFX_series [path to target folder] [interval in seconds] [duration in seconds]

    If the target directory isn’t set the path of the script will be used
    If the interval isn’t set 10 minutes (600 seconds) are chosen
    If the duration isn’t set 24 hours are chosen
    You can’t set an interval without a path
    You can’t set a duration without path and interval

    Examples:

    ./xplanetFX_series ~/Backgrounds
    Desktop/xplanetFX_series Desktop 1800

    A doubleclick would result in:

    [path to script]/xplanetFX_series [path to script] 600 86400

    …and creates a series of images in the folder the script resides in over 24 hours every 10 minutes.

    Needs Python and Zenity (or KDialog under KDE), it is default under Ubuntu. Kdialog doesn’t know any progress bars and I don’t build a dcop-support ;) so under KDE it is quite uncool. Every thing else responds in the terminal.

    Seems to work, I generated a simple gif animation and Johannes didn’t face any problems either.

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  58. SteveH

    Thanks for the quick fix. Was just testing the GUI but was unable to get it started
    └─> xplanetFX –gui
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1573, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 187, in __init__
    self.set_autostart_button(self.get_autostart_state())
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 560, in set_autostart_button
    self.toggleAutostart.set_active(state)
    TypeError: an integer is required

    Noted the issue came from “get_autostart_state(self)” not returning a value if your not using GNOME, KDE or XFCE (I’m using fluxbox). Returning a default option of false allowed the GUI to start fine. Toggling the auto start button and saving had no effect i.e. didn’t enable any auto start, but importantly didn’t cause any errors.

    P.S. I’ve now uploaded xplanetFX to the Arch User Repository http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=43649 to allow easy/integrated installation for archlinux users

  59. Markus

    Hey Steve,

    > P.S. I’ve now uploaded xplanetFX to the Arch User Repository

    Wow that’s awesome – thank you very much! I mentioned your version in the download section.

    And thanks for the bug report. I installed fluxbox on my machine to give it a try. Now xplanetFX is able a) to work with the fluxbox autostart system and b) to change backgrounds in fluxbox with its native tools (feh or fbsetbg). So your desktop environment should be supported OOTB now. If the DE couldn’t be determined, hitting the autostart button gives a short message in the status bar to avoid confusion.

    Thanks for your impressions and your tests/maintainance under Arch, Markus.

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  64. Chrischi

    nice nice nice… gefällt mir echt gut, was du da gemacht hast. danke an martin fürs nerven :P

    so, gleich mal gesaugt und funzt einwandfrei. die vorschau im themenpool muss ich, nachdem die vorschaubilder runtergeladen wurden, einmal “updaten”, also einmal woanders hinklicken, dann wieder in die vorschau, um die bilder zu sehen. sonst alles tutti!!!! und sieht mal sehr fett aus, was aus dem ehemals kleinen bash-script geworden ist :)
    greetings und schöne nachtruhe :D
    chrischi

  65. Markus

    ja Danke Mann! Vor allem für den Bugreport.. mieser Flüchtigkeitsfehler, ist gefixt und als 2.0.1 (zusammen mit einem Bug, den Martin gefunden hat – auch so ein Miniding) hoch geladen.

    Hehe, ja, irgendwann in grauer Vorzeit war das mal ein Frontend im Terminal ^^ *schwelg*

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  70. daniel

    Fantastic!!!!!!

    The best wallpaper ever.

    Thanks a lot!

  71. Markus

    Hey Daniel, thanks a bunch, my pleasure .)

  72. Thopter

    I have a small issue with this wallpaper. For me, the bright reflection of the sun is staying in one spot only, the day/night terminator is staying in one spot on the cloud layer, while the earth image is switching to the night side underneath the daylit clouds. Something tells me this is not how this is supposed to work. As with an earlier issue I had, a Refresh fixes it until the next time it updates itself, then the sunspot and the cloud terminator stay in the same place again while the earth terminator moves.

    I learned about and downloaded this program from the post at OMGUbuntu.co.uk and I am running it on Ubuntu 10.10.

    Also, would it be possible to add an option to show the moon at all times with the current moon phase?

  73. Thopter

    Oh, I forgot. Is there a way to turn off the moon track, that ring around the earth?

  74. Markus

    > I have a small issue with this wallpaper

    What is your configuration looking like?

    > show the moon at all times with the current moon phase

    I don’t exactly know what you mean but I think this question is better be asked @ xplanet

    > Is there a way to turn off the moon track

    sed -i "s/draw_orbit=true/draw_orbit=false/" ~/.xplanetFX/config/*

  75. christian

    omg! xplanet war schon immer ein tolles Spielzeug. Du hast dem Programm neuen Glanz verliehen! Was ich mir noch wünschen würde, wäre die Möglichkeit, den Orbit der ISS einzubinden.
    Vielen Dank für xplanetFX!

  76. Markus

    Hey Christian,

    vielen Dank für Deine Worte! Bislang sind Dinge, wie Satelliten, Waldbrände, Stürme etc. nicht geplant, eigentlich gings erstmal um ein stylishes Wallpaper und weniger um eine “wissenschaftliche” Betrachtung (manchem ist, wie Du siehst, schon der Mond-Orbit im Standardthema zuviel). Ich denke, diese Dinge sind für’s Erste xplanet vorbehalten, ist aber notiert.

  77. Sebastien

    Hello,

    Thanks a lot for this great script!

    Here’s a short workaround for enjoying xplanetfx on KDE4.x :

    – create a new directory somewhere in your home folder (hidden, if you want)
    – configure xplanetfx to export single image in this directory (menu Settings, Output, File); don’t use the KDE feature of xplanetfx which is broken in KDE4
    – configure KDE to use “slideshow” (instead of a single image) as wallpaper and reference the created directory; the slideshow should refresh frequently

    It will do the trick while we wait for a more complete DBus support in KDE4…

  78. Markus

    Hey Sebastian,

    thank you very much! And I’m even deeply grateful for the workaround – it will make a lot of people happy I think. I’ll add it to the Known Issues so the users will find it.

    Thanks!

  79. Thopter

    Markus:

    About the moon, what I meant was I don’t want it orbiting, I want it always in one spot on the screen and displaying the current moon phase. Perhaps that is an issue for xplanet instead of xplanetFX.

    As for my other issue, here’s a screenshot of what I’m seeing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43227559@N06/5328538542/

    The day/night transition is different on land, sea and clouds. It shows night halfway across the US, but the sea and clouds are still lit out further east.

    As for my configuration, I’ve only turned off the moon’s orbit line (thanks for your help with that).
    X=640, Y=400, Size is 35, Corona is 36, Cloud distance 10, Cloud FX on, Specular FX on, Post FX on, Screen Size 1280×800, no script, Lat 39 Lon -103.

  80. SteveH

    Markus,

    I have a request to make things a bit simpler for the Arch Linux users.

    Background –
    Arch Linux now uses python3 as its standard python version. The GUI dependency is set as optional which requires python2. The main package also requires python, version does not matter, but must be specified by the dependency requirements for xplanetFX for the package manager. This leaves 2 options
    1) Keep python3 as requirement. If the user needs to use the GUI they need to have both versions of python installed maybe unnecessarily.
    2) Keep python2 as requirement. If the user does not need the GUI they may end up with both versions of python installed unnecessarily.

    Actual Request :)
    Basically, the dependencies in Arch Linux would be simplified if the random latitude generator was done within perl rather than python. This would make python an optional dependency only for the users requiring the GUI.
    Below is the equivalent replacement in perl:
    LATITUDE=`perl -e ‘use Math::Trig; print int(asin(rand()*2-1)*180/pi())’`

    Thanks,
    SteveH

  81. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    > About the moon

    xplanetFX’s concept is to render the earth, no other objects are planned as subject by now. But I think xplanet is able to do that.

    > As for my other issue

    Thanks for the screenshot and the config. I think I got it fixed in 2.0.10 (testing takes way to long since you have to wait a long time to see the earth moving without the clouds). It took some time to figure out that you have configured xplanetFX to follow the sun and that the problem only affects this constellation.

    @ SteveH:
    Thank you very much for the patch, just implemented it and released as 2.0.10. I didn’t got it wrong – just switching from python to pearl inside the daemon is enough to satisfy the dependency problems on arch?

  82. SteveH

    Markus,

    Thanks. That has worked a treat. Now python2 is only an optional dependency for those who wish to use the GUI.

    Keep up the good work :)

    Thanks again,
    Steve

  83. Thopter

    Markus:

    What do you mean by “follow the sun”? The Orbit setting under the Settings tab is Inactive.

  84. Markus

    Wow that was mental exercise.. xplanetFX is some months of age and I never have seen this before. The reason is that I increased the timeout for the clouds images getting “old” from 1 hour to 3 hours since there are a lot of problems providing them (we’re working on a distributed network to reduce the server load of all providers) and they are updated on the servers every 3 hours anyway. When the clouds are updated every hour the gap between earth and clouds is at 15 degrees max which isn’t that visible, the 3 hour delay increases this value to 45 degrees max which is clearly detectable after about 1,5 hours. Clouds are re-rendered every cycle now. That increases overall rendertime of some cycles but fixes the bug. Seems I have to think about other steps to reduce the render time..

  85. Thopter

    Markus:

    Thanks for the update. We’ll see how it turns out as time progresses.

    I have another question. I have ImageMagick 7:6.6.2.6-1ubuntu1.1 installed, but whenever xplanetFX downloads a new cloud image, I get this in the Tools tab:

    Trying “http://home.megapass.co.kr/~holywatr/cloud_data/clouds_2048.jpg”…
    Transfer completed, file saved to “clouds.jpg”.
    No Image::Magick found, verification of download not possible.

    Could it be looking for the program under the wrong name?

  86. Markus

    You’re welcome!

    The warning is related to a missing perl module. It isn’t really neccessary but a nice-to-have. Use your favorite package manager to search for and install something like perlmagick and the warning should be gone. haven’t had a look for dependencies since some versions..

  87. ZoSo Moon

    Hi Markus,
    I just make an language file for spanish people.
    I didn’t find your email to send it to you, so I hope you can get it from here:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6955358/es.py

    Thanks, cheers!

  88. Markus

    Hey ZoSo Moon,

    wow that’s totally wonderful! I’m just uploading it right now, thank you very very much for your contribution!

    Greetings, Markus.

  89. Robin

    Awesome!

    I’d like to see some dual head (multi monitor) templates. Most of the templates are centered. This doesn’t look very nice.

    Thumbs up!

  90. sojusnik

    Hallo Markus,

    Gibt es eine bequeme Möglichkeit immer die aktuelle Version von xlpanetFX auf Ubuntu zu nutzen?

    Wie es scheint, kommt beinahe täglich eine neue Version heraus, die man immer wieder manuell updaten muss – das .deb Paket runterladen und ausführen…

    Kann man den Prozess automatisieren?

    Grüße!

  91. Musigreg

    Hi Markus, I just got xplantfx and it’s amazing! Thank you very much!
    I have just one thing to say though: I am now doing a french language file to send to you, and I noticed that, in the english version, the “Warteschlange” hasn’t been translated. Just wanted to point it out in case it was forgotten.

  92. Markus

    @Robin: Thank you very much! I’m sorry to say that xplanetFX can’t handle this setup by now.

    @sojusnik: Hey! Nein, ein Repository habe ich dafür bislang nicht, da das ein recht umfangreiches Thema zu sein scheint und ich auch ein mieser Maintainer bin. Eventuell findet sich ja jemand, der sich des Problems annimmt. Ansonsten bleibt leider bislang nur der Download. Das Blog hat ‘nen RSS-Feed, dann bist Du (bzw. ein Maintainer) über Updates informiert, wann es was neues gibt. Laberei in Artikelform gibt’s hier so gut wie nie, nervt also auch nicht. Die Adresse (bislang..) http://mein-neues-blog.de/files/xplanetFX/xplanetFX-latest_deb.php (bzw. latest_rpm oder latest_archive) schaufelt immer die aktuellste Version raus. Also könnte man ein kleines Script anlegen, was einem bei Updates auf Klick per wget [url]; gksudo dpkg -i xplanetFX-latest_deb.php; rm xplanetFX-latest_deb.php; die neuste Version zieht und installiert. Viele Grüße, Markus.

    @Musigreg: Awesome! I’m looking forward to implement it! And thanks for the bug report, will be fixed along with the next update. Please send the language pack to lsmf0815(ät)gmx.net when it’s done. Thank you very much!

  93. Musigreg

    French language pack sent, hope I helped.

  94. Markus

    Thats totally wonderful! Have received it and will implement it after I took a shower ,) Thank you very much, greetings, Markus.

  95. sojusnik

    @Markus

    Danke für Deine Antwort!

  96. Markus

    @sojusnik: da war ich wohl zu spät .) gerade habe ich mal testhalber einen kleinen server dafür gebaut, mal schauen, wie das hin haut..

  97. Lino

    Hi, thank you very much for this great application. I was very impressed and I wanted to do an article on my blog and translate the gui in Italian. Italian Link.

    I hope I have done what pleasant.

  98. Markus

    Hey Lino,

    wow, thanks a million, dude! The contributions to this project are amazing. Sorry, but the link you posted got stripped somehow – please send the file to the address you just received via my comment @ your blog. I really appreciate your help and sorry for the circumstances. Cheers!

  99. abaumhau

    Some changes are needed for Fedora 14…

    gconftool is now gconftool-2, but the variable to set is still the same (perhaps a test for gconftool-2?)
    To install packages, use
    yum install xplanet ImageMagick-perl ImageMagick

    Once I installed these packages, and made a change for gconftool-2 in /usr/bin/xplanetFX, it worked.

  100. luria

    Hi there!! Awesome work dude!!

    The hq earth wallpaper is my favourite now!!

    Only a suggestion (feature request). When “follow the sun” option is active, you can set the horizontal angle but not the vertical one… I mean, I can’t see Iceland pass trough with this option enabled.

    I’m not a programmer expert, but I think it’s relatively easy to accomplish.

    Anyway, excellent work. Keep on!!

  101. Markus

    Hey luria,

    thank you very much! Unfortunately your feature request isn’t possible cause xplanet doesn’t provide that feature (have a look @ separate). You have to wait until summer to see iceland with this setting ,)

    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/README

  102. Markus

    @abaumhau: thanks for the report and the fix, done in 2.0.16 – untested. There’s no need to become root for using yum?

  103. Thopter

    I’ve nearly got it worked out on my system. There’s just one problem bugging me at this point. I am unable to change the background image behind the earth.

    I put a copy of my image in both the .xplanetFX/backgrounds folder and the .xplanetFX/templates/default/backgrounds folder, and I changed the BACKGROUND line of default.tpl to point to the new image. However, it still renders with the original image.

    Am I missing a step somewhere?

  104. Markus

    @Thopter: save as ./cache/background.png with correct resolution or apply the default theme once more.

  105. bigriver9

    Hello!

    I made language file for Japanese:
    http://river.ie-t.net/upload/ja.py

    Thank you for your nice application!!

  106. ARNAL Patrice

    Hello
    XplanetFX is really a great job!
    I am very impressed by the quality of the wallpaer obtained.

    I have 2 little remarks :
    1- It seems that the clouds overlay are rather outdated, and accordingly to the logs, the clouds are obtained from various sites. Since several years, the cloud maps are in the CORAL network and are obtained from an unique URL :
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    They are updated every 3 hours.
    Here is my own cron job for getting them :
    15 2-23/3 * * * /home/patrice/.xplanet/getclouds.sh
    #15 0-23/3 * * * /home/patrice/.xplanet/getclouds.sh
    (The first line is for winter time, the second for summer time…)
    Getclouds.sh mainly does :
    wget -N http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg

    2 – In the night, the cloud map is not enough opaque and the clouds does not dim the lights of the cities.
    Clouds are quite invisible against the city lights.

    Once again : great job!

  107. Markus

    hey!

    @bigriver9: That’s totally cool, thank you very very much for your contribution! I joked around with a friend two days ago about what funny eastereggs may be hidden in a chinese or japanese language file .) And thanks for your warm words!

    @ARNAL Patrice: Thank you very much! According to your remarks:

    1) There are several ways of obtaining the images stated by Hari, one of them is the list of servers implemented in the clouds script by Oliver White which xplanetFX is using and which I enhanced with graphical tests on the image to check if the download was successful. I tested the CORAL network and have to say that only every 3rd request gets handled completely over here, the rest produces lots of broken clouds images. Please have a look at this page for the different ways of obtaining clouds images:

    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds.php

    What do you exactly mean with outdated? The files distributed are the same as the CORAL network is using as far as I know.

    2) Yeah that’s an issue. It doen’t bug me that much since high clouds coverage doesn’t look that cool (sometimes just a black ball remains and xplanetFX is always a balancing act between realistic and attractive results) and it would take at least 2 more images that have to be produced and composited with imagemagick which would raise the overall render time for another ~20 percents. So what you see this is the compromise between CPU-Load and visual attraction. But you’re completely right that the clouds are way to thin on the night side to look totally realistic.

    Thank you very much for your suggestions!

    Greetings, Markus.

  108. ARNAL Patrice

    Thank you for your explanations and implementations choices.

    About the “outdated” clouds files, I will make another try and send you the results…

  109. ARNAL Patrice

    Here are some results : each time my “getclouds.sh” cron task starts, I do an rdjpgcom of the cloud file in the .xplanetFX/cache/ directory. Here are the results…..
    –2011-01-19 02:15:01–
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 549526 Jan 19 01:53 clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 00:53:33 UTC 2011
    XplanetFX Cloud : /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 550045 Jan 19 01:57 /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Tue Jan 18 21:53:30 UTC 2011

    Just the previous one … I don’t count it because my cron job starts about 20 minutes after the clouds generation.

    –2011-01-19 05:15:02–
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 547199 Jan 19 04:53 clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 03:53:30 UTC 2011
    XplanetFX Cloud : /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 547199 Jan 19 05:03 /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 03:53:30 UTC 2011
    OK : The same… Nice

    –2011-01-19 08:15:03–
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 544511 Jan 19 07:53 clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 06:53:27 UTC 2011
    XplanetFX Cloud : /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 550045 Jan 19 08:09 /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Tue Jan 18 21:53:30 UTC 2011
    In this case it seems that the time ran in the wrong direction…

    –2011-01-19 11:15:02–
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 543266 Jan 19 10:53 clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 09:53:25 UTC 2011
    XplanetFX Cloud : /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 550045 Jan 19 08:09 /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Tue Jan 18 21:53:30 UTC 2011

    NO update…..

    –2011-01-19 14:15:03–
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 543080 Jan 19 13:53 clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 12:53:30 UTC 2011
    XplanetFX Cloud : /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    -rw-r–r– 1 patrice patrice 1925570 Jan 19 11:24 /home/patrice/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg
    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg created Wed Jan 19 09:53:25 UTC 2011

    Back to the “normal” situation : just one “cloud” late , seems OK

    So my opinion is that the list given in the Xplanet page (http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds.php) is rather obsolete and that a lot of sites are more or less kept in sync .. (rather less than more)

  110. Markus

    Hey Patrice,

    thank you very much for the logs.

    The one going back in time seems to be a fallback in xplanetFX for never seeing distorted or corrupt clouds, it simply copies an existing image if a new one couldn’t be downloaded.

    You have problems in 50% of the cases, that’s uncool. That Coral responds better in your region than over here is visible on their page, you have a couple of big nodes not so far away. But have a look on the last update – 6 years ago. So it seems that the whole clouds-thing is kind of obsolete. And it’s totally problematic nowadays:

    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/FUDforum2/index.php?t=msg&th=563&start=0

    As you can see hari points out the problems with Coral there (he lives in india) and we talked a bit since his posting. There is a need for distributing clouds images for everyone, not only for the european and us-american world and personally I prefer seeing the whole population with slightly outdated clouds than parts of the first world with most accurate stuff and the majority of humans with a static image.

    I have way more problems with Coral over here than you, don’t want to know how it behaves in the rest of the world – asia, africa, south america, eastern europe (which begins on the western german borders as you can see on the maps) and australia are completely white on the Coral maps.

    A friend of mine was spending some brain for building a proxy distribution network and it’s nearly done. But don’t know when we find the time to set it all up.

    I’ve implemented the Coral network in the latest version, there will be five tries on Coral until five tries on the existing list will be made. It’s kind of a test, for 2.0.19 it’s written to test the other servers first and then fallback on Coral. But you can backup the download_clouds.pl in /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds if you prefer it this way.

    Please note that downloading with xplanetFX can never be as accurate as a cron job because no one knows when xplanetFX gets started and it takes a look at the mtime of the image file – your cron job doesn’t mention the filetime at all and overwrites it whenever it is called – fixed 20 minutes after creation on the main clouds server.

    Greetings, Markus.

  111. ARNAL Patrice

    Hello Markus,

    I know that Coral has sometimes curious problems (like this one :
    Error: 403 Forbidden

    Error when attempting to use the Coral Content Distribution Network (http://www.coralcdn.org/).

    The hostname specified in the Coralized URL is currently over its hourly quota. Please try back later. )

    and recently, the sourceforge move of servers created a lot of perturbations.
    (That was a the main reason for my investigations on the date of the downloaded clouds, and for testing XplanetFx against Coral)

    Just a point of detail : I use the -N option in wget in order to prevent the download of an older map, and I use the rdjpgcom command to check the real date of creation of the map against the file ctime, which can depend of the host OS. (because this timestamp is inside the clouds file metadata)

    Anyway, the “fallback in xplanetFX for never seeing distorted or corrupt clouds” should left the cloud file unchanged rather than downloading a older one….

    I know that XplanetFX is less accurate and that is the reason why I don’t count “getting the previous cloud” as an error.

    Let me know about your fiend’s proxy .

    Best regards

  112. Ron

    I’ve downloaded and installed xplanetFX in Ubuntu 10.04.1LTS, 32-bit, Desktop Edition and I cannot get it to save my city, nor can I seem to do anything the themes. I can download them, but not find them, nor install them. Help please.

  113. Markus

    > I cannot get it to save my city

    open xplanetFX, set a position, hit “save”, the status shows “done.”, close and reopen xplanetFX and the setting is gone?

    > I can download them

    in the software or on this page? anyway.. is there stuff in the terminal if you start it from there?

  114. Dave Le Huray

    HI Markus,

    I have installed xplanetfx on my laptop running Mint9 Gnome and according to the gui and cli it is running. However I only get a blank screen. Woould this possibly be due to the fact that compiz is running?

    Regards

    Dave Le Huray
    Guernsey

    No walls – No Windows.

  115. clever_fox

    Hi,

    I’d like to contribute with Czech translation of your great application. If you are interested just drop me an email with instructions how to translate,

    BR

    clever_fox

  116. Ron

    > I cannot get it to save my city

    open xplanetFX, set a position, hit “save”, the status shows “done.”, close and reopen xplanetFX and the setting is gone?

    Ron: Yes. That is correct.

    > I can download them

    in the software or on this page?

    Ron: Yes. Correct.

    anyway.. is there stuff in the terminal if you start it from there?

    Ron: No.

  117. Dave Le Huray

    Hi Markus, please ignore my last message everything’s working fine. The background changed after about 30 mins or so and is working perfectly now. Really impressed.

    Regards

  118. ARNAL Patrice

    Hello everybody,
    I have just a little remark about the cities coordinates :
    * the box only accepts INTEGER coordinates, but xplanet itself accepts decimal values.
    * the cities list should open in a separate window, instead of a drop-down :
    it will be easier to scroll through it…
    * the button “search on internet” doesn’t work on my machine (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS -default browser Firefox)

  119. ARNAL Patrice

    Here is the output when I run xplanetFX –gui from a terminal :

    patrice@grosbill:~$ xplanetFX –gui
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1193, in on_buttonView_clicked
    os.system(“xdg-open \”%s\” &” % self.config.get(“Settings”, “SEARCHMAPURL”))
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/ConfigParser.py”, line 321, in get
    raise NoOptionError(option, section)
    ConfigParser.NoOptionError: No option ‘SEARCHMAPURL’ in section: ‘Settings’
    patrice@grosbill:~$

    Which value should be put for SEARCHMAPURL ?

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  123. Markus

    Hey!

    @ Dave: Thank you very much! Nice to hear that it is running.

    @ clever_fox: WOW! Thank you very much for this offer! I’ll send you a mail with the return address soon. To translate just copy one of the files in /usr/share/xplanetFX/languages on your desktop, rename it to the short locale and edit it. If you take the english file it should be mostly self-explaining. Once again: Thank you a bunch translating the application to Czech!

    @ Ron: Both ways (installing in the application and downloading via this website an drag’n’drop them on the program window) doesn’t work? And your settings aren’t remembered – please check if there is a hidden folder .xplanetFX in your home directory. If it is there please have a look in the templates subfolder if there are any templates inside. if not try to extract one of those downloaded from this page manually to this folder. Please check if your xplanetFX.conf file gets edited if you hit “save” in the application. You can even monitor the single values inside over saving some settings.

    @ Patrice: thanks for the report, SEARCHMAPURL should be http://www.informationfreeway.org/

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  125. Markus

    Hey!

    @ Steve: Thank you very much!

    @ Patrice: “xplanet itself accepts decimal values” is not true, it floors to integers. The bug about the missing URL is fixed in 2.0.21.

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    Hello Markus,
    I just got the 2.0.22 version of XplanetFX, through the standard Ubuntu update. Great!
    Thank you for the URL. I did not know this one.

    I did not know that xplanet grounded coordinates to integer.

    Great job!

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  129. Markus

    Hey Patrice,

    thank you very much! And you’re welcome man!

    Greetings, Markus.

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  131. Paul Williams

    Hey, first-off, I love xplanetfx- I cant think of any way it could be improved. Good stuff

    Im just wondering if you have any advice on adding an output from a starchart software such as stellarium or kstars (ubuntu) as a backdrop- it’d be great to see the earth rotating in against a backdrop of accurate star and satelite information (or constellation artworks), both updated in unison. I guess adding the backdrop would be simple, if the new image output image of the stars over-writes the last? But I cant find a program that does this :( Any ideas would be apreciated.
    Paul

  132. Markus

    Hey Paul,

    thank you very much for your estimation!

    Straight to your question: when a theme is activated xplanetFX copies all its overlays and backgrounds to the folders in .xplanetFX. After that it creates .xplanetFX/base/canvas.png and .xplanetFX/cache/overlay.png depending on the selected style of the theme. Both images are the final size chosen in the settings tab.

    So if you want to have a dynamic background behind the planet just update /home/$USER/.xplanetFX/base/canvas.png regulary with the same dimensions set in xplanetFX (and chose a theme without overlays). It doesn’t destroy the original theme because it just works on cached stuff.

    Unfortunately I can’t help you on how you can achieve this with stellarium or kstars because I don’t know any of them.

    If there’s some need for a script call _before_ xplanetFX starts its render cycle (the actual script option in the settings tab is called _after_ the rendering is done) please let me know and I’ll have a look at a simple solution.

    Greetings, Markus.

  133. Thopter

    Hi Markus,

    I found another small issue. Every so often, as the moon is passing behind the earth, it renders on top of the corona. It would happen rarely enough that most people might not notice it, yet given the way the rendering process seems to work, I have no idea if or how it might be fixed.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43227559@N06/5391086307/

  134. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    yes you’re right, that’s an issue. But unfortunately there’s no practicable way to fix it atm.

    Problem is that moon and earth get rendered at the same time on the same layer while the corona is on its own layer beneath them. A fix would be to render moon and earth on a different layer, render the moon alone as black on white and use this layer to mask the corona before composing it all together. This would raise the overall render time too much. And I don’t know a way to decide when these extra renderings would be neccessary to do it only when it’s needed :/

    In my next life I’ll bloat xplanet with all this blingbling shit, then everything is fine and gets rendered in a blink .)

  135. Paul Williams

    Markus- thanks for the response, unfortyunately there is no way to obtain a snapshot from kstars or stellarium without running the programs and taking a screencapture- Which would be very awkward to say the least, I’ll be keeping my eye open for a workable solution though- so thanks very much for your advice here.
    Paul

  136. Markus

    Hey Paul,

    I talked to Chrischi (my personal pocket calculator ^^) some days ago about kind of a self-made solution to achieve this. I don’t know enough about this kind of astronomical topics. We’ll see what happens. If you stumble over anything related please let us all know.

    Greetings, Markus.

  137. Markus

    Hey Paul,

    it was easier than I thought – xplanet can render star fields out of a text file containing positions. So here it is: 2.1.0 with the option to render star fields on the background. Hope this is what you was searching for.

    greetings, Markus.

  138. vagrale13

    Hi!
    I translate the GUI v2.1.0 in Greek language!
    I don’ t find mail and i upload it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cjmpzv4ebxbxe7p

  139. Markus

    Hey vagrale13!

    Thats awesome! Thank you a bunch for your contribution! It’s uploading right now and is in the repository in a blink.

    Thank you very much, cheers, Markus.

  140. SteveH

    Markus,

    The file usr/share/xplanetFX/stars/catalog permissions are set to root read-only (400).
    I assume this is an error as xplanetFX is run as a user.

    Thanks

  141. Markus

    Hey SteveH,

    thanks for the report! The catalog file is the base for the starmap file which is generated by catalog.py. This is kind of “precompiled” so there’s no need for a user to read this file, it has no impact on the usability. Anyway, thank you very much for the hint – it was meant to be 644.

    Greetings, Markus.

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  145. ARNAL Patrice

    Nice job with the latest version (2.1.1) and the real stellar background.

    Due to the Sourceforge problems, I checked alternate sources and found a lot of out-of-date in the web page of xplanet.

    Hari checked too and answered :
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    I checked the mirrors and these are okay:

    http://www.narrabri.atnf.csiro.au/operations/NASA/clouds_2048.jpg
    http://xplanet.explore-the-world.net/clouds_2048.jpg
    http://home.megapass.co.kr/~holywatr/cloud_data/clouds_2048.jpg

    These are out of date:
    ftp://ftp.iastate.edu/pub/xplanet/clouds_2048.jpg
    http://www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk/xplanet/files/mirror/clouds_2048.jpg
    http://home.megapass.co.kr/~gitto88/cloud_data/clouds_2048.jpg

    I’ll contact the maintainers to see if there’s a problem.
    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Is there a way to check and/or modify the server list either in a configuration file or through the UI?

  146. Markus

    Hey Patrice,

    thank you very much. Keeping the server list editable by users would make sense if we had thousands of servers. Our problem actually is that we can’t find enough.

    The next update will take some days due to really heavy changes and features. So you may like to edit /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl until the outdated servers are stripped.

    You seem to have a domain, too, perhaps you thought about helping in hosting clouds images, too?

  147. Markus

    Hey Patrice,

    just wanted to edit the URL list and happily checked them for myself beforehand, they’re all up and running:

    Verbindungsaufbau zu home.megapass.co.kr|121.156.32.12|:80… verbunden.
    HTTP Anforderung gesendet, warte auf Antwort… 200 OK
    Länge: 552529 (540K) [image/jpeg]
    In »»clouds_2048.jpg«« speichern.

    2011-02-02 14:03:04 (51,9 KB/s) – »»clouds_2048.jpg«« gespeichert [552529/552529]

    ————————————-

    Auflösen des Hostnamen »ftp.iastate.edu«…. 129.186.1.206, 2610:130:101:100::15
    Verbindungsaufbau zu http://ftp.iastate.edu|129.186.1.206|:21… verbunden.
    Anmelden als anonymous … Angemeldet!
    ==> SYST … fertig. ==> PWD … fertig.
    ==> TYPE I … fertig. ==> CWD (1) /pub/xplanet … fertig.
    ==> SIZE clouds_2048.jpg … 544280
    ==> PASV … fertig. ==> RETR clouds_2048.jpg … fertig.
    Länge: 544280 (532K) (unmaßgeblich)

    2011-02-02 14:03:32 (154 KB/s) – »»clouds_2048.jpg.1«« gespeichert [544280]

    ————————————-

    Auflösen des Hostnamen »www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk«…. 82.153.252.58
    Verbindungsaufbau zu http://www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk|82.153.252.58|:80… verbunden.
    HTTP Anforderung gesendet, warte auf Antwort… 200 OK
    Länge: 1934188 (1,8M) [image/jpeg]
    In »»clouds_2048.jpg.2«« speichern.

    2011-02-02 14:07:00 (16,0 KB/s) – »»clouds_2048.jpg.2«« gespeichert [1934188/1934188]

    ————————————-

    Additionally I checked the EXIF data inside the images. Some seem to get updated less often but since there are massive problems in distributing the images there’s no reason why thousands of xplanetFX users should hammer down the three most actual of the last remaining bunch of clouds servers. We should better look for a sustainable way to distribute the images instead of trying to suck the last bit of shit out of the servers of some very kind providers just because they’re a bit more actual. Please keep in mind that xplanetFX is just a dynamic wallpaper and no scientific accurate projection, which counts for xplanet itself, too, when it comes down to the clouds projection:

    “The cloud map creation time is embedded as a JPEG comment in the file. These images are not real snapshots nor are they particularly accurate; they are mosaics created from geostationary weather satellite images. The times of the source images may differ by several hours since they are only available at limited times during the day. The cloud maps are not calibrated or carefully geolocated. They are only meant to make the earth look pretty!

  148. Patrice ARNAL

    Hello Markus,
    I got a mail from Hari telling he will try to check with the “outdated” sites administrators.
    It seems to have been successful…

    About the hosting of a cloud map on my website, I don’t know the technical background needed.
    And the hosting provider (chez-alice.fr) has got lots of problems, most of them caused by financial matters :
    Initially, it was LibertySurf, then it became Tiscali, then Alice, and now Alice is owned by Free…
    I have no idea of what will be the next avatar…… and what will happen to the free web hosting service that comes with my subscription…..

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  150. Roumano

    Hi,
    I have tested the xplanetFX 2.2.3 Rpm version on my fedora 14 64 bits

    xplanetFX-2.2.3-2.noarch
    xplanet-1.2.1-2.fc12.x86_64

    On the preview (via xplanetFX –gui), if i change a value of any a gauge (cloud, with of the earth, starts, ….)

    I got these traceback : (also the preview will not work after)

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2594, in preview_expose
    self.preview_draw()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2806, in preview_draw
    self.surfaceEarth = self.draw_earth(diame, diamep, blurr, corr)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2709, in draw_earth
    gtk.gdk.INTERP_BILINEAR),
    TypeError: integer argument expected, got float

    Or

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1244, in on_hscaleCoronaSize_value_changed
    self.preview_refresh()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2590, in preview_refresh
    self.preview_draw()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2809, in preview_draw
    self.surfaceEarth = self.draw_earth(diame, diamep, blurr, corr)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2709, in draw_earth
    gtk.gdk.INTERP_BILINEAR),
    TypeError: integer argument expected, got float

    or

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1249, in on_hscaleCoronaBlur_value_changed
    self.preview_refresh()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2590, in preview_refresh
    self.preview_draw()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2809, in preview_draw
    self.surfaceEarth = self.draw_earth(diame, diamep, blurr, corr)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2709, in draw_earth
    gtk.gdk.INTERP_BILINEAR),
    TypeError: integer argument expected, got float

    Or

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1236, in on_hscaleStars_value_changed
    self.preview_refresh()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2590, in preview_refresh
    self.preview_draw()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2809, in preview_draw
    self.surfaceEarth = self.draw_earth(diame, diamep, blurr, corr)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2709, in draw_earth
    gtk.gdk.INTERP_BILINEAR),
    TypeError: integer argument expected, got float

    Or

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1078, in on_vscaleEarthSize_value_changed
    self.preview_refresh()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2590, in preview_refresh
    self.preview_draw()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2809, in preview_draw
    self.surfaceEarth = self.draw_earth(diame, diamep, blurr, corr)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2709, in draw_earth
    gtk.gdk.INTERP_BILINEAR),

    Sorry, i didn’t found where create a bug …

  151. Markus

    Hey Roumano,

    thank you very much for the detailed report! This comment section is meant as a support platform so your message is placed very well.

    I’ll have a look after I took a shower, please be patient, this evening the thing should be up and running on your machine.

    Cheers, Markus.

  152. Thopter

    I’m wondering, shouldn’t the corona only be shown when the glare is beyond the horizon? It seems to me that the corona would be the glow of the atmosphere being backlit by the sun and only really visible when looking at the night side of the planet.

  153. Markus

    Please use google images and the science-fiction section of your favorite movie database for millions of different impressions. Some of my inspiration:

    http://jkneilson.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/looking_down_on_earth.jpg
    http://wall.alphacoders.com/images/Earth/Earth-From-Space-30412.jpg
    http://www.screeningmovies.ch/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/planet_earth_.jpg

  154. aeon

    Hi,

    This is a beautiful piece of software!

    I have Xplanetfx installed on ubuntu 10.10. Sometimes after rendering there is a pale white layer
    covering about 3/4th of the planet. I have checked this on different themes, including default, and
    it appears in all of them. Is there any workaround/ fix for this??

    (I have tried disabling clouds… the layer is still there)

    Danke!

  155. Markus

    Hey aeon,

    thank you very much for the report! This should not happen any more. please copy&paste some of the render cycles where it happens from the logs on the tools tab. A workaround is the button in the tools tab to remove the clouds image, but thats no sustainable solution.

    Cheers, markus.

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  157. Johan

    AWESOME work!

    Found xplanetfx through OMG! Ubuntu. I must say that this is one of the best original interfaces I’ve ever seen on Linux, and best of all, it works beautifully on my Linux Mint 10 setup on a Sony Vaio E VPC EB2Z1E laptop.

    Thank you!

    Any plans turning xplanetfx into an animated screen saver as well?

  158. Paul Williams

    Markus
    Sorry, not checked back on here for a while, I really should have done though. Excellent news you got the stars working.I’m installing 2.1 as I write. I’ve been trying to figure out the kstars thing this morning – you can output an image using kstars –dump –filename starback.png –width 1024 –height 600, but I came on here to find out how to apply it, but you’ve solved everything anyways.
    I guess the kstars dump file would only be useful now if I really wanted constelation art on the backdrop. kstars configuration has some kind of xplanet support in it- but ,other than finding the options in the settings menu, I don’t know what it’s for.. But I don’t really care now that 2.1 is here.
    Ace. keep up the good work :)
    Paul

    “Am 30. Januar 2011 um 17:05 Uhr
    Hey Paul,

    it was easier than I thought – xplanet can render star fields out of a text file containing positions. So here it is: 2.1.0 with the option to render star fields on the background. Hope this is what you was searching for.

    greetings, Markus.

  159. Markus

    Hey!

    @Johan: Thank you very much indeed! Great to hear it is running under Mint! I’m sorry to say that there are no plans about a screensaver – I don’t ever see one ,)

    @Paul: Thank you very much for your estimation! You should really try out the latest version as there are lots of improvements between 2.1.x and 2.2.x like new interface, preview stuff, new effects, “zoomable” star field and so on…

    Kind regards, markus.

  160. enebre

    Hi Markus,
    I love your program. It’s awesome. But with ubuntu 11.04 natty. Could not open the GUI
    marc@marc-HP:~$ xplanetFX –gui

    (xplanetFX_gtk:10206): libglade-WARNING **: Error loading image: Impossible de reconnaître le format d’image du fichier « /usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX.svg »

    (xplanetFX_gtk:10206): libglade-WARNING **: could not convert string to type `GdkPixbuf’ for property `icon’
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 3889, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 282, in __init__
    self.fill_values()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2333, in fill_values
    self.on_togglebuttonDate_toggled(False)
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 1328, in on_togglebuttonDate_toggled
    elif int(self.config.get(“Settings”, “SHOWORBIT”)):
    ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: ‘n’
    marc@marc-HP:~$

  161. Markus

    Hey enebre,

    thank you very much for the report and your estimation! Could you please post the output of

    ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX

    and

    cat ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf

    Thank you! Markus.

  162. Markus

    Ah I think I know what has happened… you have configured xplanetFX via CLI with –setup and entered a “n” at the question if the view should follow the sun – it expects a 0 or 1 at this point which isn’t made clear in the question. Please edit ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf and change the SHOWORBIT = n to SHOWORBIT = 0 manually in the [Settings] section of the file (or repeat the setup process again hitting “0” when it comes to the show orbit stuff).

    The warnings from libglade sound a bit curious, it is missing the main icon located in /usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX.svg
    So I really would like to see the output of ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX what is missing there anyway.

  163. Paul Williams

    My mistake, got the version numbers wrong, now have the latest version, excellent stuff- the zoomable starfield function is a very clever addition.
    Can I make the constellation art add-on a request/idea for the next revision? Stellarium has it as a plugin I think…
    Just an idea.
    Thanks again

  164. Markus

    Hey Paul,

    Thank you very much and you’re welcome! In one of the latest versions I added the option to execute a script before xplanetFX starts its render cycle (waiting for the script to continue first). This is the point where an integration of constellation art can be added – create an image with whatever program you like and save it as .xplanetFX/base/canvas.png – xplanetFX will render its stuff on top of it then. Integrating other programs isn’t planned – I’m thinking a lot about getting rid of the amount of dependencies… (hacking xplanet to render the f/x stuff itself for example could be a great improvement – or better: write an openGL engine to do all the renderings directly in the graphics hardware. But then it may become necessary for me to ask jahve/god/buddha/manitou/the_universe/whatever_imaginary_fried_you_have if he/she/it is in the time-sharing business, too).

    Cheers, Markus.

  165. enebre

    Hi Markus,
    here the return of your request,
    Could you please post the output of
    ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX
    and
    cat ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf
    Thank you! Markus.
    Markus
    Am 14. Februar 2011 um 23:14 Uhr
    Ah I think I know what has happened… you have configured xplanetFX via CLI with –setup and entered a “n” at the question if the view should follow the sun – it expects a 0 or 1 at this point which isn’t made clear in the question. Please edit ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf and change the SHOWORBIT = n to SHOWORBIT = 0 manually in the [Settings] section of the file (or repeat the setup process again hitting “0″ when it comes to the show orbit stuff).
    The warnings from libglade sound a bit curious, it is missing the main icon located in /usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX.svg
    So I really would like to see the output of ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX what is missing there anyway.
    arc@marc-1:~$ xplanetFX –gui

    (xplanetFX_gtk:2275): libglade-WARNING **: Error loading image: Impossible de reconnaître le format d’image du fichier « /usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX.svg »

    (xplanetFX_gtk:2275): libglade-WARNING **: could not convert string to type `GdkPixbuf’ for property `icon’

    Traceback (most recent call last):

    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 3889, in

    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()

    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 292, in __init__

    self.create_pixbufs_static()

    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 3473, in create_pixbufs_static

    self.pixbufView = gtk.gdk.pixbuf_new_from_file(p)

    glib.GError: Impossible de reconnaître le format d’image du fichier « /usr/share/xplanetFX/preview/worldmap.svg »

    marc@marc-1:~$ ^C

    marc@marc-1:~$ ^C

    marc@marc-1:~$ ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX

    total 516

    drwxr-xr-x 17 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 .

    drwxr-xr-x 314 root root 12288 2011-02-18 15:54 ..

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 100 2010-08-08 20:15 autostart

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 backgrounds

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 base

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 cache

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 15177 2011-02-14 15:04 changelog

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 30826 2010-08-21 02:45 cities.csv

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 clouds

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 config

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 13928 2011-02-06 17:45 flipview.py

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 icons

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 images

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 languages

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 logs

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 output

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 overlays

    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 preview

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 stars

    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 templates

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-12-03 07:39 thumbcache

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 6 2011-02-14 15:05 version

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 466 2011-02-14 02:06 xplanetFX.conf

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 152179 2011-02-14 02:44 xplanetFX.glade

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 165668 2011-02-14 15:01 xplanetFX_gtk

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 33722 2011-02-04 17:29 xplanetFX.png

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 8442 2011-02-04 17:35 xplanetFX.svg

    marc@marc-1:~$
    marc@marc-1:~$ ls -la /usr/share/xplanetFX

    total 516

    drwxr-xr-x 17 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 .

    drwxr-xr-x 314 root root 12288 2011-02-18 15:54 ..

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 100 2010-08-08 20:15 autostart

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 backgrounds

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 base

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 cache

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 15177 2011-02-14 15:04 changelog

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 30826 2010-08-21 02:45 cities.csv

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 clouds

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 config

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 13928 2011-02-06 17:45 flipview.py

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 icons

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 images

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 languages

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 logs

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 output

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-08-08 20:15 overlays

    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 preview

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 stars

    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2011-02-18 15:54 templates

    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-12-03 07:39 thumbcache

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 6 2011-02-14 15:05 version

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 466 2011-02-14 02:06 xplanetFX.conf

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 152179 2011-02-14 02:44 xplanetFX.glade

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 165668 2011-02-14 15:01 xplanetFX_gtk

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 33722 2011-02-04 17:29 xplanetFX.png

    -rw-r–r– 1 root root 8442 2011-02-04 17:35 xplanetFX.svg

    marc@marc-1:~$ cat ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf

    [Settings]

    LOGGING = 1

    CENTER = +960+600

    LANGUAGE =

    OVERLAY = 0

    GEOMETRY = 1920×1200

    AUTOSTART = 60

    LONGITUDE = 0

    DELAY = 1200

    SPECULAR = 1

    BUMPCLOUDS = 1

    CLOUDFACTOR = 1.01

    TEMPLATE = default

    STYLE = default

    LATITUDE = 0

    POST = 1

    RADIUS = 32

    CORONA = 1.03

    CORONABLUR = 5

    GMT = +1

    DATE = 0

    SHOWDATE = 0

    OUTPUT =

    SCRIPT =

    PRESCRIPT =

    ORBIT = -60

    SHOWORBIT = 1

    THEMEVIEW = ICONS

    SEARCHMAPURL = http://www.informationfreeway.org/

    STARS = 0

    PREGRID = 0

    ATMOSPHERE=1

    marc@marc-1:~$

  166. enebre

    and here I made the change you ask:
    [Settings]
    LOGGING = 1
    CENTER = +960+600
    LANGUAGE =
    OVERLAY = 0
    GEOMETRY = 1920×1200
    AUTOSTART = 60
    LONGITUDE = 0
    DELAY = 1200
    SPECULAR = 1
    BUMPCLOUDS = 1
    CLOUDFACTOR = 1.01
    TEMPLATE = default
    STYLE = default
    LATITUDE = 0
    POST = 1
    RADIUS = 32
    CORONA = 1.03
    CORONABLUR = 5
    GMT = +1
    DATE = 0
    SHOWDATE = 0
    OUTPUT =
    SCRIPT =
    PRESCRIPT =
    ORBIT = -60
    SHOWORBIT = 0
    THEMEVIEW = ICONS
    SEARCHMAPURL = http://www.informationfreeway.org/
    STARS = 0
    PREGRID = 0
    ATMOSPHERE=1

  167. Markus

    Hey enebre,

    thank you very much for the terminal output! So the first problem seems to be fixed, only the SVG stuff left. Since at least the icon xplanetFX.svg is in the right place (and I believe the worldmap.svg in preview is there, too) it could only be a problem with a missing library. I googled around a bit and struggled over the same problems with exaile and co. in some cases, so would you please try the following command to (re-)install librsvg and it’s python bindings (note the double “-” in front of reinstall replaced by the blog software):

    sudo apt-get install –reinstall librsvg2-common python-rsvg

    If this fixes the problem I’ll add the packages to the dependencies list in the DEB.

    Thanks for your patience! Cheers, markus.

  168. enebre

    Hi Markus,
    You fix the problem, I have the gui now from the menu.
    Great great great thank you

  169. Markus

    Hey enebre,

    you’re welcome! Great, that it’s up and running. Cheers, markus.

  170. aeon

    Hi Markus

    sorry about the late reply. The refresh clouds button works. Thanks. This is some of the log output I got…

    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.0.7 starting render cycle ######
    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM final image @ /home/ray/.xplanetFX/output/xplanet1.png
    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM location @ lon 77 / lat 28
    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM screen size @ 1280×800 | center @ +794+352 | radius @ 35
    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    02/19/2011 05:57:48 PM inspecting cloud map…
    02/19/2011 05:58:04 PM Trying “http://www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk/xplanet/files/mirror/clouds_2048.jpg”…
    02/19/2011 05:58:04 PM Transfer completed, file saved to “clouds.jpg”.
    02/19/2011 05:58:04 PM No Image::Magick found, verification of download not possible.
    02/19/2011 05:58:04 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:04 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    02/19/2011 05:58:11 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:11 PM preparing clouds for specular fx…
    02/19/2011 05:58:13 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:13 PM rendering image through xplanet…
    02/19/2011 05:58:16 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:16 PM compositing image with clouds…
    02/19/2011 05:58:17 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:17 PM creating specular image…
    02/19/2011 05:58:19 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:19 PM rendering overlay image…
    02/19/2011 05:58:20 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:20 PM rendering post production…
    02/19/2011 05:58:24 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:24 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    02/19/2011 05:58:24 PM done.
    02/19/2011 05:58:24 PM next update: 06:18:24 PM 02/19/2011

    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.0.7 starting render cycle ######
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM final image @ /home/ray/.xplanetFX/output/xplanet2.png
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM location @ lon 77 / lat 28
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM screen size @ 1280×800 | center @ +794+352 | radius @ 35
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM inspecting cloud map…
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM Clouds image is up-to-date
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:24 PM rendering image through xplanet…
    02/19/2011 06:18:27 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:27 PM compositing image with clouds…
    02/19/2011 06:18:27 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:27 PM creating specular image…
    02/19/2011 06:18:30 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:30 PM rendering overlay image…
    02/19/2011 06:18:31 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:31 PM rendering post production…
    02/19/2011 06:18:34 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:34 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    02/19/2011 06:18:34 PM done.
    02/19/2011 06:18:34 PM next update: 06:38:34 PM 02/19/2011

    Thanks again!

  171. Markus

    Hey aeon,

    thanks for the log output. Two suggestions:

    a) you should consider installing the latest version of xplanetFX – there are nearly 30 updates since 2.0.7
    b) installing the package perlmagick should end your problems with the clouds. It is in the dependencies for some versions, so updating to the latest version should fix everything.

    Greets, Markus.

  172. Scott

    What a fantastic desktop program. Everybody who see’s this drools excessively and wants it now!

    I am seeing one problem that just started recently. Using 2.2.10 on Ubuntu 10.04 Gnome. The atmospheric corona is offset, down and to the right. It’s offset so much there is no corona in the northern hemisphere! This is new, it worked fine when I first installed it.

    thanks for such a great desktop!

    Scott

  173. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    thank you very much for your estimation! I tried different themes and settings and cannot reproduce the error ootb – could you please provide a screenshot of the issue? That would be really great!

    Thank you very much in advance, cheers, markus.

  174. Scott

    Here you go!

    http://tnstaafl.net/images/desktop.png

    http://tnstaafl.net/images/Screenshot-xplanetFX%202.2.10.png

    Scott

  175. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    thank you very much for the screenshots! The output looks horrible. It’s not only the corona which is displaced, the same goes for the clouds, too. I had four hours of headache now without any result – it must be a problem with your imagemagick or bc, but as I said: I have no chance to reproduce it. :/

    I am uploading the 2.2.11 right now which has got a rudimentary debug output. It would be great if you could install this version, edit the file /usr/bin/xplanetFX with a text editor (you have to be root to do that) and change the line 4 to DEBUG=1. When you’ve done that please execute “xplanetFX” without any arguments in a terminal once, end it with Ctrl+C when it’s done and copy’n’paste the output in this comment section. That would be hopefully of great help to solve the problem.

    Cheers, markus.

  176. Scott

    Markus,

    Sorry for the headache! I’m also a programmer so can sympathize!

    To get the 2.2.11 release do I use the “Download latest version as DEB” link in the download section?

    Scott

  177. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    yes, exactly. The link in the header provides the same version. There’s a version history, too, just to be shure. I really appreciate your help with this! The headache is kind of “positive” since this FOSS shit is what I decided to spend my life with. But anyhow, nice to be understood .)

    Thanks in advance, markus.

  178. Scott

    Markus,

    here it is

    *******************************************************************************************

    sd@sd-laptop:~$ xplanetFX
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG config | atmosphere=1 coronablur=5 radius=32 longitude=10 autostart=60 pregrid=0 searchmapurl=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ script= prescript= delay=1200 stars=0 latitude=20 gmt=-7 themeview=ICONS template=default showorbit=0 date=0 post=1 logging=0 center=+960+600 language= geometry=1920×1200 overlay=0 orbit=0 corona=33 bumpclouds=1 specular=1 cloudfactor=1.01 output= showdate=0 PREGRID=0 ATMOSPHERE=0 STARS=0 PRESCRIPT= ORBIT=0 DELAY=1200 CLOUDFACTOR=1.02 DATE=1295740800 BUMPCLOUDS=1 CENTER=+840+525 LANGUAGE= SCRIPT= CORONA=1.052 SHOWORBIT=0 SPECULAR=1 CORONABLUR=13 STYLE=default LOGGING=1 OVERLAY=0 LONGITUDE=-106 RADIUS=46 AUTOSTART=60 POST=1 GMT=+1 THEMEVIEW=ICONS SEARCHMAPURL=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ GEOMETRY=1680×1050 TEMPLATE=default LATITUDE=35 OUTPUT= SHOWDATE=0
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG output | file: /home/sd/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG xplanetflags | -longitude -106 -latitude 35 -geometry 1680×1050 -center +840+525 -radius 46 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG xplanetflagscorona | -longitude -106 -latitude 35 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG xplanetflagsclouds | -longitude -106 -latitude 35 -geometry 1680×1050 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0 -radius 46

    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.11 starting render cycle ######
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM final image @ /home/sd/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM location @ lon -106 / lat 35
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM screen size @ 1680×1050 | center @ +840+525 | radius @ 46
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG positions 1 | x0: +840 | y0: +525
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG positions 2 | centerx: +840 | centery: +525 | cropx: +17 | cropy: +11
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG geometry | width: 1680 | height: 1050 | geometry: 1680×1050
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG blurfactor: 1.21969696969696969696
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM inspecting cloud map…
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM Clouds image is up-to-date
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM creating corona on background…
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG corona: 1.052 | coronablur: 16.68057575757575757562 | coronasize: 1016 | coronaradiant: 508
    02/22/2011 06:28:40 PM # DEBUG coronaadd: 33 | coronarep: 1082 | coronaposx: +299 | coronaposy: –16
    02/22/2011 06:28:44 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:28:44 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    02/22/2011 06:28:47 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:28:47 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    02/22/2011 06:28:50 PM # DEBUG cloudscale: 102.00
    02/22/2011 06:28:53 PM # DEBUG shadowblur: 4.26893939393939393936
    02/22/2011 06:28:54 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:28:54 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    02/22/2011 06:28:57 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:28:57 PM creating specular image…
    02/22/2011 06:29:02 PM # DEBUG specblur 1: 2.43939393939393939392
    02/22/2011 06:29:04 PM # DEBUG specblur 2: 6.09848484848484848480
    02/22/2011 06:29:06 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:29:06 PM rendering post production…
    02/22/2011 06:29:06 PM # DEBUG postblur: 24.39393939393939393920
    02/22/2011 06:29:09 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:29:09 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    02/22/2011 06:29:09 PM done.
    02/22/2011 06:29:09 PM next update: 06:49:09 PM 02/22/2011
    ^C

  179. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    thank you very much for the log! I think I can see the problem – it hits when parts of the corona have to be rendered outside the wallpapers dimensions in negative direction. But it’s just a speculation – have to proof it later. Please try to reduce the size of the earth or the corona, resp/ reduce the corona blur as a workaround until I fix the problem.

    Again, thanks for your patience, greetings, markus.

  180. Scott

    Marcus,

    I reduced the size of the earth and that fixed it. Nice catch….

    Scott

  181. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    great to hear that! It’s fixed in the 2.2.12 so you can pump the planet again .)

    Cheers, markus.

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  183. Thopter

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43227559@N06/5474705730/

    2.2.12
    Starmap Black
    Earth size 35
    Cloud distance 10
    Corona size 10
    Corona blur 10
    Star FOV 4
    Clouds, Specular, Atmosphere, HQ all On

  184. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    thanks for the report, I’m actually trying to figure it out – seems to be a problem with newer imagemagick versions > 6.5. As a workaround disabling the atmosphere f/x should produce decent output.

    Cheers, markus.

  185. Scott

    Installed 2.2.12
    blew up the earth! hehe
    No Problemo!

    It be fixed!

    thanks, Scott

  186. Markus

    Hey Scott, sounds fantastic! You’re welcome, markus.

  187. a2warik

    I have installed xplanetFX on Ubuntu 8.04 using the CLI. An icon does appear on the menu which does make GUI interface start but nothing happens further.
    Later when i give instructions to load only single page using CLI, it works.

    Why GUI not working?

    Below is the link to CLI output for the command to xplanetFX –gui

    http://bit.ly/gBMo5q

  188. Markus

    It’s problems with your GTK version. Workaround: upgrade to a newer GTK or better upgrade your entire distribution. Support for it gets abandoned in about a month and I don’t know if I have the time to install 8.04 in this timeframe (since 8.04 isn’t bootable from USB devices).

  189. a2warik

    8.04 is great otherwise. It looks great, works fine with my hardware. Sure i need to upgrade, but thanks.

  190. Scott

    Marcus,

    Is the moon displayed in real time? What I mean is I have my configuration set to fix the position of the earth so my home is always in view, the sun “look’s” pre-galilean”, ie orbiting the earth. The moon orbits the earth as usual, but I’m looking out my window this morning and there is the moon, almost right overhead, yet my desktop shows no moon overhead?

    It seems like it was synched up to real time awhile back? Was it just a coincidence?

    Scott

  191. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    the whole solar system should be rendered in your local real time if “date” and “orbit” are disabled. To make it 100% proof that xplanetFX isn’t doing mysterious things to the command lines for xplanet, you may want to edit /usr/bin/xplanetFX with root permissions and change line 4 to “DEBUG=1″. Post the output here and I’ll have a look, but I don’t think it should be necessary.

    If you have concerns about the objects positions please talk to Hari over here:

    http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/

    There is a forum to ask for help with xplanet.

    Greetings, markus.

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  193. aeon

    Hi Markus

    I have updated the software. Problem’s fixed. Thanks for the help!

  194. Markus

    Hey Aeon,

    nice to hear that; and you’re welcome!

    Greetings, markus.

  195. vagrale13

    Hi Markus again! :)
    I correct some words in Greek language!
    I upload it file here: http://www.mediafire.com/?mme5sum68iwmfaq

  196. Markus

    Hey a2warik,

    I just made some tests under 8.04. Here are the results:

    * Problems with dependency to python-rsvg, can be worked around with dpkg -i –force-depends xplanetFX…
    * Some changes in code necessary to get the GUI – if you’re interested in a diff, ask me
    * Theme pool doesn’t work due to problems with newer urllib2, can be fixed for your version (ask for a diff) but don’t know if it’s running after the changes
    * Render time is about five times higher (32 seconds vs. 2 and a half minutes – wtf?!)
    * Errors in the final image with default imagemagick:
    – no clouds
    – totally displaced corona
    – no post f/x
    – no atmosphere
    * Wallpaper change doesn’t work in GNOME

    And that was the point where I started thinking that the benefit of functionality under a deprecated operating system isn’t worth this lot of problems for me atm – Sorry!

    Please do not get pissed but I have to repeat my recommendation about a new distribution – expiring support especially means not a single security update which is completely unfavorable.

    Sorry for only having bad news, greetings, markus.

    [edit] I’m uploading a new version right now where the changes to get the GUI in your environment are implemented. The cumbering dependency is also gone since I don’t know if it’s really necessary. A lot stuff left to figure out but at least we got your initial problem fixed. Just a little flower fragrance over the big pile of shit ,) [/edit]

  197. Markus

    Hey vagrale13,

    wow that’s great! The changes in the GUI needed some changes in the language files, too – and my retarded botching with greek, japanese and russian characters was far from successful I believe ^^ Thank you very much for the maintainance! Greetings, markus.

  198. Scott

    Marcus,

    How stupid of me! the moon was out of the field of view because I had increased the size of the earth! Increasing the size of the earth is actually moving closer to the earth, changing the viewpoint. I had moved inside the orbit of the moon!

    I was trying to play with the xplanet conf settings to get around this, basically display an incorrect orbital radii for the moon, but I noticed xplanetFX rewrites the config file, duh! Is there a way to get around xplanetFX rewriting the xplanetFX, to have settings that cannot be changed by the UI?

    thanks Scott

  199. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    > Is there a way to get around xplanetFX rewriting the xplanetFX, to have settings that cannot be changed by the UI?

    Sorry but I don’t understand your question – which config do you exactly mean that gets rewritten? And which value do you need to be “fixed”?

    Cheers, markus.

  200. Scott

    Markus,

  201. Scott

    I added a section [earth] to xplanet.conf in .xplanetFX directory. I then went into the xplanetFX UI made a change, saved it and my [earth] section was gone.. I assumed xplanetFX rewrites the entire conf file when you hit save.

    I was reading in the xplanet documentation that I can manipulate the size of the earth and moon in a way that would simulate a much shorter orbit radii.

    So I wanted a way to manually play with the settings without the xplanetFX UI overwriting that.

  202. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    sorry but that’s the wrong direction. xplanetFX.conf has nothing to do with xplanet as its name suggests, please have a look in the .xplanetFX/config folder for the xplanet configs. You have to keep them all “in sync” since they’re used for the different layers and they will get overwritten when you switch the template.

    Greetings, markus.

  203. Scott

    Markus,

    OK, I will go deeper and see if I can keep from shooting myself in the foot!

    Here’s a link to an interesting image of the moon penetrating the earth as its swinging to the far side. I have not modifed(by hand) any files in xplanet when I took this.

    http://tnstaafl.net/images/embeddedMoon.png

  204. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    it’s not penerating, it’s just disappearing behind. Moon and earth are rendered on the same layer, corona beneath, clouds above. Clouds and corona are physically not able to get between earth and moon because they are both on the same layer. To work around this issue the overall render time would go through the roof which doesn’t make any sense to me for those few percent of times it happens. I’ll add this issue to th known issues now.

    Greetings, markus.

  205. Scott

    Markus,

    I wasn’t complaining, just thought it looked kinuv funny! I love this thing!

    Scott

  206. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    sorry, I misinterpreted it since I heard complaints about this issue frequently. So I decided to add it to the known issues now. I hope it’s okay that I took your screenshot? To provide knowledge for a deeper understanding of the rendering process I added a graphical explanation of the layer model of xplanetFX in the concept section of this page.

    Cheers, markus.

  207. a2warik

    Hi Markus,

    Thank You for trying to solve my problem. Even though you have tried to explain I couldn’t understand it because I simply can’t understand how computers work as you all do.

    If i am not mistaken you said that you are WORKING to remove all the dependencies which aren’t necessary according to you, so that xplanetFM shall work on my system. Do mention system requirements on the download page after your work is over so that we on 8.04 know when to download it.

    Thanks again

  208. Markus

    Hey a2warik,

    after reading my 8.04 test results again I have to admit that you’re right it’s damn nerdy bilge. Sorry for that, I just have written down what came to my mind (my mental RAM doesn’t seem to last very long)…

    However – the changes are implemented in xplanetFX 2.2.14, the actually latest version.

    Cheers, markus.

  209. a2warik

    @Markus
    Thank You. The GUI works.

    Linux community is simply great. People like you teach and don’t expect anything in return where as there are universities who expect a lot without knowing how to teach.

    Thanks again, for all the hard work. I wish i could be like you all, then I shall have been proud

  210. Scott

    Markus,

    I’m still trying to modify the output of xplanetfx so I can have a “huge” earth that span’s the height of my desktop, and yet still have the moon in view when it is overhead.

    I modified the xplanet config file “/etc/xplanet/config/default” and added “magnify=20″ in the [earth] section. No change to the output of xplanetFX! I tried values ranging from 3 to 300, no change.

    The xplanet documentation and posts on the xplanet forum indicate this is what I need to do to accomplish my goal.

    Is xplanetFX overriding the settings in the xplanet config?

    thanks, Scott

  211. Markus

    Hey a2warik,

    The GUI works.

    Perfect! I didn’t really expect that, so I’m pleasantly surprised.

    and don’t expect anything in return

    That’s not entirely correct – I expect a lot in return. But what I expect can’t be “paid”, “given”, “produced” or “asserted” and it can’t be returned by a human being directly. Because it’s mainly “progress”, “love”, “knowledge”, “enlightenment”, “sustainable satisfaction” and other non-material hippie-stuff like that – things every human is after before its brain gets washed entirely by our monetary and greedy socialization. While you’re reading this (and thinking about what the hell this long-haired shithead means) you are “paying” more than you might expect – not to me in person but to the whole mankind/nature/earth/universe. Thank you very much for that .)

    there are universities who expect a lot without knowing how to teach.

    That’s the underlying concept of our societies (at least in this region of the world). You become a “top performer” if you make the most money out of your [enter favorite advertising here]. That’s why most corporations, governments, universities, NGO’s and every other organization gives a shit on everything except their quarterly financial statement. The leftover is mostly just public relations.

    I wish i could be like you all, then I shall have been proud

    The wish is the first step in every tale so it seems you’re on the way .) but it makes you feel less proud and more thankful or “fulfilled”. And it’s totally easy – just bethink yourself on what *you are* (a conscious human being with a mind, a spirit and a lot of love inside), apart from what every public relations agency, personnel division clerk, teacher, neighbor, advertising agency, sermonizer, sergeant, journalist or opinion leader expects you to be (a unknowing customer, gear wheel and yes-man, willing to supersede everything in its way to “success”). So it’s kind of “starting to quit”.

    Since English isn’t my mother tongue and this stuff is hard to wrap in words even in my own language I hope my scribbling isn’t entire shit-chat..

    Cheers, markus.

  212. Benoe

    Hi!

    Great app, thanks!

    I don’t see where else I can report bugs, but I see some glitches in today’s rendered background.
    Here you can check it, just above UK: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_a0GHyfq9GdM/TW-_BXqhHLI/AAAAAAAAC70/vpozl7c9L2A/s800/K%C3%A9perny%C5%91k%C3%A9p.png

    Some of the clouds are missing too.

    If you need any other info about settings, etc. pls let me know.

    Benoe

  213. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    and yet still have the moon in view when it is overhead.

    Sorry but I don’t understand that linguistically. I got the point that you want a *really* big earth – but what exactly should happen to the moon?

    Description of the concept: xplanet uses original sizes and radii by default. That wouldn’t show any moon at all since it rotates at about 60 times the radiant of earth around our planet. Therefore Hari implemented the magnification. It defaults to 1 which means “draw everything as it really is”. Raising the magnification value is just resizing the determined object by this factor but doesn’t affect any radiant or size of other objects. On the other hand there’s the radiant (or size) you want to see your mainly observed object at. So resizing the actually observed object by magnification doesn’t change anything in the display of this object (since it is fixed by your size setting) but “narrows” all other objects in conjunction to the observed one – in the case of xplanetFX the magnification of the earth leads to a smaller radiant of the moon.

    Perhaps this information leads you to the desired output, if not please ask again and try to explain what you exactly want to see on your screen.

    Greetings, Markus.

  214. Markus

    Scott,

    I made a simple visualization (without any measuring or accuracy, just a schematic)

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/images/xplanetFX/xplanet_magnification.png

  215. Markus

    Hey Benoe,

    thank you very much!

    Your report is well-placed in this comment section. The problems you’re encountering are both based on a “corrupt” clouds image. Since the clouds are a patchwork of different satellite images this may happen now and then. In this case the area above Europe is simply missing (you can see the clouds fading on the left and and on the right) and there’s a little “whatever” inside the image.

    Please open xplanetFX, go to the tools tab and hit the button to renew the clouds – that’s it. (or wait another couple of minutes/hours, it will “fix” itself .)

    Cheers, markus.

  216. Scott

    Markus,

    nice graphic! I want door number 2 :-)

    Here’s what I did.

    I set the Earth Size in the GUI to “21”, this size will always show the moon unless its behind the earth. In other words, the moon is in view as it passes in front of the earth.

    I then tried to use the magnify setting in the xplanet config to increase the size of the earth but not change the moons orbit diameter or size. However nothing happened to the visual size of the earth or anything. There was no change in the desktop no matter what value I set “magnify” to.

    the file I modified was /etc/xplanet/config/default

    Scott

  217. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    I want door number 2

    *drummroll*horns* ehehe

    seems we should both have a closer look at the paths the other is stating ^^ I have only just realized that you’re editing xplanet config files (you stated it one comment ago for the first time and I easily skipped it) and it seems you have read over my initial information about where to search..

    please have a look in the folder

    /home/scott/.xplanetFX/config

    This is the place xplanetFX keeps actual configuration files for xplanet. They are named xplanet-[function]. You have to keep them all “in sync” since they’re used for the different layers and they will get overwritten when you switch the template.

    Greetings, markus.

    p/s: you may consider a reinstall of xplanet to reset the default configuration safely. In a debian-like environment it would be

    apt-get install –reinstall xplanet

    as the super user.

  218. a2warik

    @Markus,

    I knew the force driving Linux community isn’t adulthood’s monetary and social popularity but childhoods curiosity. Thank God finally I met a spiritual person who lets his deeds do the talking rather than those management gurus who’s basic motive behind spiritual talk is to capture the tacit knowledge of their employees so that they can convert their knowledge into a commodity and sell it for monetary gains.

  219. Sam Illingworth

    Eeeeeeeh! I love it! Best thing to happen to Linux since Compiz (I’m a man who loves his eyecandy )

    Hey, did you get anywhere with the OS X version, or is there a way I can hack it to run on my Mac?

  220. Benoe

    Thanks Markus, by today the glitch replaced by clouds.

  221. Markus

    Hey!

    @a2warik: You’ve cut right to the chase of the matter. Thank you very much for your estimation about my kind of being!

    @Sam Illingworth: Thank you a bunch – going red right now ,) I happily don’t own an Apple anymore so I don’t have the chance to do any research in this direction. Hari stated that he got it running on his mac, so here are the most accurate infos about this issue available:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/xplanetfx/#comment-310

    Sorry for not having more information about it.

    @Benoe: Great! And you’re welcome!

    Cheers, markus.

  222. Scott

    OK, I adjusted Magnify in .xplanetFX/config/xplanet-final

    increased [earth] to 75
    increased [moon] to 50

    Looks great to me now! Size wise…

    but look at this??

    http://tnstaafl.net/images/cloudymoon.png

    Scott

  223. Markus

    Hey Scott, I’m repeating myself: the files in the config folder are for the different layers of the final image, you have to keep the settings in sync.

  224. Scott

    OK,

    Since modifying the xplanet files does nothing, and modifying the xplanetfx files gets overwritten, I’ll just assume if the UI doesn’t provide a way to change something to my liking I’m SOL.

    Scott

  225. Markus

    Hey Scott, in most situations asking is way more target-aiming than assuming, if researching or thinking about a problem for oneself doesn’t help. You could clone or edit a template to fit your needs after you found your favorite settings with the temporary xplanet-configs if you switch your custom theme that often for example. This is FOSS, no closed source, nor Microsofts/Apples GUI-driven jailware – you can achieve everything you want. The GUI, the templates and the engine behind only gives you the opportunity to use xplanetFX this way.

    Sorry but I don’t know what you mean with SOL, google doesn’t do either.

    Cheers, markus.

  226. Mahel

    Hello sory for my language but i am a frenchy.
    I love your program.
    But i think!!! why don’t a sdk for android ??
    LOL
    It will gooood for my galaxy s !!! mdr mdr

  227. aboettger

    Can you make a template for this wallpaper? http://fav.me/d1ldek4
    Or how can I do this myself?

  228. Markus

    Hey!

    @Mahel: Bienvenue! Thank you very much for your appreciation! Why no Android is simple: I don’t use any mobile devices. Cheers, markus.

    @aboettger: I’m sorry, but I will not process any non-open-source stuff. To build your own custom theme:

    * select a name for the template, no spaces (use underscores instead), I’ll use mytheme for now
    * create a PNG @ 1920×1200 of your desired background
    * copy the folder ~/.xplanetFX/templates/default to ~/.xplanetFX/templates/mytheme
    * save your background to ~/.xplanetFX/templates/mytheme/backgrounds
    * edit ~/.xplanetFX/templates/mytheme/default.tpl and change the line BACKGROUND to fit your background name and local path

    That’s it. To get a preview in the theme lists let xplanetFX render your wallpaper, copy it from ~/.xplanetFX/output, create a PNG @ 400×250 of it and save it as default.png to your template folder.

    To get an installable package of it simply create a tar.gz of the folder. Please respect copyrights if you want to share it later.

    Seems it’s time for a background selector..

    Greetings, markus.

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    Links for download and themes are brokens by longtime

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    Cannot reproduce. Port 9000 (repository & download) / 9001 (theme server) blocked?

  233. vaddi

    Hey Markus,

    vielleicht hast du ein oder zwei gute Links zu Tutorials die sich dem Thema HDR Bilder mit freier Software erstellen befassen?

  234. Markus

    Hey Vaddi,

    mehr, als Google dazu befragen, könnte ich jetzt auch nicht machen… habe es gerade testhalber mit “HDR gimp” versucht, 1.3 mio. Ergebnisse gehabt und die ersten drei mal angeklickert – das wird wohl sein, was Du suchst? Sorry, aber bin da wirklich keine qualifizierte Hilfe. Pseudo-HDR aus normalem Bildmaterial baue ich je nach Motiv/Szenerie/Ergebnis immer individuell und mit HDR-Bildern aus einer Kamera habe ich keine Erfahrung (wird aber wohl prinzipiell genau so laufen, schätze ich mal ganz naiv). Das A und O ist halt das Maskieren und dafür gibt es imho kein Patentrezept oder bevorzugtes Werkzeug :/ Aber die Tuts über Google machen die Prinzipien schon gut klar.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

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  237. Luthijn

    Hello everybody,

    xplanetFX seems really cool but it does not work for me! I tried the DEB and RPM package. Installation seems fine but when i want to start the GUI it says directory can’t be found ( Failed to open file ‘home/johndoe/.xplanetFX/base/canvas.png’ no such file or directory ). When i start xplanetFX –setup is also states many problems with NOT finding the accrording paths. Either the files are installed at a wrong place or no files are installed!

    Am I missing some base package or something ? I also tried via repository, update and apt-get install xplanetFX with no errors.

    Hope somebody can help me!!

    kind regards

  238. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    sorry but I can’t help you at all without seeing the error messages or at least knowing which distribution you’re runnig as stated under “reporting a bug” directly below this form. Anyway, it seems the hidden folder .xplanetFX in your home directory or some of its contents is missing. It should be created by xplanetFX on the first run. Please check if the folder exists and post the output of an ls -la inside it along with the information about distribution, version and error messages.

    Thank you in advance, greetings, Markus.

  239. Luthijn

    Dear Markus,

    How stupid .. I did not read the “Reporting a bug” section!

    I’m running the 64 bit Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat distribution and I tried to install xplanetFX through the repository with the apt-get update and apt-get install xplanetFX. I followed all the steps described in the Installation description. Therefore I assume that this will download the latest xplanetFX version.

    What I found out was that during the command xplanetFX –gui in the console it kept saying that it was searching for the ~/.xplanetFX/base/canvas.png but it could not be found. After tracing this location it was indeed not there. I simply copied it from /usr/share/xplanetFX to my ~/.xplanetFX and that problem was solved. The GUI now perfectly starts. I got the version xplanetFX 2.2.15 GUI running. Though when i hit execute I get a black desktop background and nothing happens…

    Then i tried the command xplanetFX –setup to do some through the command line and everytime it keeps saying: /usr/bin/xplanetFX: line 597: cd templates: no such file or directory. It does this for every question followed, backgrounds.. etc etc.

    I did the same trick but now copying the entire /usr/share/xplanetFX to my ~/.xplanetFX folder and now it seems to find everything perfect.

    Only problems is … i still have a black background. Oh and I also noticed when I hit execute in the GUI, it says xplanetFX is working .. but then after one second it says xplanetFX is sleeping ???

    Sorry for my long story but I am SOOOH curious about what xplanetFX looks like!! I would like it to work!

    Also thank you for your quick reply! Appreciate it!! Hope to have been of more informational service! ;)

  240. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    thank you very much for the detailed report and your research! I would love to see xplanetFX running on your machine as well.

    It appears to me that the main xplanetFX (not the GUI) isn’t able to locate your home directory correctly. So it fails in installing the xplanetFX home folder (which you worked around successfully by copying it from /usr/share). Now with the stuff in its place the GUI opens correctly because it uses different techniques to determine your home. The daemon (/usr/bin/xplanetFX) keeps on failing because of the problems noted above.

    I don’t know if I’m correct but that’s what comes to my mind first. So it could be really helpful what you get from “echo $HOME” and “xplanetFX” executed in the terminal.

    I’ll have a look for some more sophisticated solutions to determine the right home folder in bash in the meantime.

    [edit]
    Just another question… what do you get from “echo ~/” executed in a terminal?
    [/edit]

    So thank you very much in helping making xplanetFX a better place ^^ cheers, Markus.

  241. Luthijn

    Hey Markus,

    I tried xplanetFX in the terminal which gave me:

    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.15 starting render cycle ######
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM location @ lon -208 / lat 53
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM screen size @ 2560×1024 | center @ +1280+512 | radius @ 33
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM inspecting cloud map…
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM Clouds image is up-to-date
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:22 PM creating corona on background…
    convert: unable to open image `cache/corona.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/corona.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/background.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 07:37:23 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:23 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/15/2011 07:37:23 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:23 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_render.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_render.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_render.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_render.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_shadows.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_shadows.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_shadows.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM creating atmosphere…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/atmosphere.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/atmosphere.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: image sequence is required `+clone’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/915.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:24 PM creating specular image…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/specular_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/specular_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM rendering post production…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: image sequence is required `+clone’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/915.
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM updating background for snafu environment…
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM done.
    04/15/2011 07:37:27 PM next update: 07:57:27 PM 04/15/2011

    First try I had some permission problems but after doing a chmod 777 ~/.xplanetFX it seems to do a lot better. But still, if you look closely, you will see that it is unable to open many things.

    I did a search on the entire File system for a few files in the “cache” folder, in where it is trying to find some .png files .. and none are found so not very surprising that it fails in doing so. This offcourse gives us/me the question, why aren’t they there and how can i get them ? :)

    Regarding the other commands I get the following:
    echo $HOME: /home/luthijn ( seems o.k.! )
    echo ~/: /home/luthijn ( also fine I guess :S )

    Hope that this will give you a bit more insight on things! Hope to hear from you!

    Grüß Gott

  242. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    thanks again for the details! Seems there are two different problems. I think the problems with the missing/corrupt .xplanetFX home folder came from starting xplanetFX with sudo rights the first time. Or better it could be a possible explanation.

    So first of all I would recommend to start all over with the user files. To do so simply delete the folder .xplanetFX in your home directory and start xplanetFX from the menu (or in the terminal without any superuser rights – just type xplanetFX and hit return, exit with ctrl+C). That should give you a fresh installation of the needed user files.

    That’s a good point to start researching the problems with convert (imagemagick), everything else seems to work fine at the first sight. So the first question is: did you manually compile a custom version of imagemagick on your system? And what does a “convert -version” result in?

    Thanks for your patience, hope we will fix your problems really soon. Greetings, markus.

  243. Luthijn

    Markus,

    I removed the ~/.xplanetFX folder and types xplanetFX without the superuser rights and started the GUI through the gnome menu. I “refreshed/started” xplanetFX and copy the log created afterwards:

    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.15 starting render cycle ######
    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM location @ lon -76 / lat 0
    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 33
    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/15/2011 09:06:08 PM inspecting cloud map…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM Trying “http://www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk/xplanet/files/mirror/clouds_2048.jpg”…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM Transfer completed, file saved to “clouds.jpg”.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM Verifying image data…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM Image “clouds.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM creating corona on background…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM creating atmosphere…
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:09 PM creating specular image…
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM rendering post production…
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:06:10 PM next update: 09:26:10 PM 04/15/2011

    When I start it through the console I get the following result:

    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.15 starting render cycle ######
    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM location @ lon -76 / lat 0
    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 33
    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/15/2011 09:07:43 PM inspecting cloud map…
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM Clouds image is up-to-date
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM creating corona on background…
    convert: unable to open image `cache/corona.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/corona.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/background.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:44 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_render.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_render.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_render.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_render.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_moon_mask.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `cache/clouds_shadows.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_shadows.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_shadows.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM creating atmosphere…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/atmosphere.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/atmosphere.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: image sequence is required `+clone’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/915.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:45 PM creating specular image…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: unable to open image `cache/specular_overlay.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/specular_overlay.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM rendering post production…
    convert: unable to open image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: image sequence is required `+clone’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/915.
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM done.
    04/15/2011 09:07:49 PM next update: 09:27:49 PM 04/15/2011

    I’m not sure this was supposed to happen ?? :S

    The convert –version gives:
    Version: ImageMagick 6.6.2-6 2010-12-02 Q16 http://www.imagemagick.org
    Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2010 ImageMagick Studio LLC
    Features: OpenMP

    I think the ImageMagick version was allready installed because I tried to install it through command line and it said latest version was already installed so nothing needed to be upgraded or installed..

    I also want to work this out and maybe there are more with this same problem … so i’m glad to help!

    Cheers

  244. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    yes you’re right, it’s the original package of Maverick you have installed. Haven’t heard about problems with 10.10 64bit by now so it’s a bit confusing.

    The renewal of the home folder seemed to work, so one problem left. I just uploaded a new version where the major changes are absolute paths for convert. Please install it and give it a try, I would really appreciate to see the terminal output of this version.

    Thank you very much in advance, cheers, markus.

  245. Luthijn

    Markus,

    I’ve downloaded and installed the 2.2.16 version and ( sorry to say ) no luck! When running xplanetFX in the console I now get this:

    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.16 starting render cycle ######
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM location @ lon 77 / lat 52
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM screen size @ 2560×1024 | center @ +1280+512 | radius @ 33
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM inspecting cloud map…
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM Clouds image is up-to-date
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:13:47 AM creating corona on background…
    04/16/2011 11:13:49 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:13:49 AM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/16/2011 11:13:53 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:13:53 AM creating different renderings with clouds…
    04/16/2011 11:14:01 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:01 AM compositing clouds with final image…
    convert: Expected 8192 bytes; found 8001 bytes `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ warning/png.c/PNGWarningHandler/1457.
    convert: Read Exception `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/PNGErrorHandler/1437.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3116.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    convert: Expected 8192 bytes; found 7977 bytes `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ warning/png.c/PNGWarningHandler/1457.
    convert: Read Exception `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/PNGErrorHandler/1437.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3116.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/16/2011 11:14:01 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:01 AM creating atmosphere…
    convert: Expected 8192 bytes; found 7617 bytes `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ warning/png.c/PNGWarningHandler/1457.
    convert: Read Exception `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/PNGErrorHandler/1437.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3116.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/16/2011 11:14:03 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:03 AM creating specular image…
    04/16/2011 11:14:10 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:10 AM rendering post production…
    04/16/2011 11:14:14 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:14 AM updating background for GNOME environment…
    04/16/2011 11:14:14 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:14:14 AM next update: 11:34:14 AM 04/16/2011

    Still being unable to find the files in the cache folder .. I tried the DEB and RPM package …

    Hope this helps a little more

    Cheers Luthijn

  246. Luthijn

    Oh and i tried to remove the ~/.xplanetFX and start xplanetFX again, like you told before and this gives a different output:

    grep: /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf: No such file or directory
    grep: /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf: No such file or directory

    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.16 starting render cycle ######
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM location @ lon 71 / lat 0
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 32
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM inspecting cloud map…
    Use of uninitialized value $w in subtraction (-) at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 165.
    Use of uninitialized value $w in foreach loop entry at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 165.
    Use of uninitialized value $h in concatenation (.) or string at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 167.
    Use of uninitialized value in split at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 167.
    Use of uninitialized value $g in addition (+) at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 168.
    Use of uninitialized value $r in addition (+) at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 168.
    Use of uninitialized value $b in addition (+) at /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/download_clouds.pl line 168.
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM Trying “http://www.wizabit.eclipse.co.uk/xplanet/files/mirror/clouds_2048.jpg”…
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM Transfer completed, file saved to “clouds.jpg”.
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM Verifying image data…
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM Image “clouds.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:16:41 AM creating corona on background…
    04/16/2011 11:16:44 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:16:44 AM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/16/2011 11:16:48 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:16:48 AM creating different renderings with clouds…
    convert: Empty input file `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.jpg’ @ error/jpeg.c/EmitMessage/235.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/clouds.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/16/2011 11:16:52 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:16:52 AM compositing clouds with final image…
    04/16/2011 11:16:56 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:16:56 AM creating atmosphere…
    04/16/2011 11:17:00 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:17:00 AM creating specular image…
    convert: unable to open image `cache/clouds.png': @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2498.
    convert: unable to open file `cache/clouds.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3072.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/cache/earth_spec2.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/2970.
    04/16/2011 11:17:05 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:17:05 AM rendering post production…
    04/16/2011 11:17:09 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:17:09 AM updating background for GNOME environment…
    04/16/2011 11:17:09 AM done.
    04/16/2011 11:17:09 AM next update: 11:37:09 AM 04/16/2011

    Maybe this helps ?

    Luthijn

  247. Luthijn

    Hey Markus,

    I’m suddely seeing the earth on my desktop but the GUI is not starting anymore, i’m getting the following message through console:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 3892, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 285, in __init__
    self.themelist = self.get_theme_list()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 825, in get_theme_list
    and self.config.get(“Settings”, “STYLE”) == f[:-4]):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/ConfigParser.py”, line 321, in get
    raise NoOptionError(option, section)
    ConfigParser.NoOptionError: No option ‘STYLE’ in section: ‘Settings’

    but the xplanetFX through console now runs without any failure:

    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM ###### xplanetFX 2.2.16 starting render cycle ######
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM final image @ /home/luthijn/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM location @ lon 24 / lat 0
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 32
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM inspecting cloud map…
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM Clouds image is up-to-date
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:07 PM creating corona on background…
    04/16/2011 02:24:10 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:10 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    04/16/2011 02:24:14 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:14 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    04/16/2011 02:24:21 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:21 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    04/16/2011 02:24:25 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:25 PM creating atmosphere…
    04/16/2011 02:24:29 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:29 PM creating specular image…
    04/16/2011 02:24:37 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:37 PM rendering post production…
    04/16/2011 02:24:41 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:41 PM updating background for GNOME environment…
    04/16/2011 02:24:41 PM done.
    04/16/2011 02:24:41 PM next update: 02:44:41 PM 04/16/2011

    So i think we are making progress!!! Whoaah!

  248. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    thank you very much again for the details! But unfortunately I can’t make head or tail of it. So yesterday I decided to give it a try and to install a Maverick 64bit. But as you may imagine, that was the point where the fuckup started ^^ I don’t want to bother you with my repeated malfunction, just be shure that I’m working on your problem.

    I’m sorry for the delay, cheers, Markus.

  249. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    Maverick isn’t installed by now but another user on Gnome-look.org had some problems, too, and I found a bug with paths inside the daemon hitting while installing a fresh user folder in your home directory.

    There are (little) chances that it fixes your problems, too. So could you please make an update, “rm -R ~/.xplanetFX” and start the program? Hope dies last .)

    Cheers, Markus.

  250. IlMaz

    Hi Markus,

    I saw you made the modification I was trying to suggest on gnome-look.org

    Sorry for not being clear ;-)

    Cheers, Paolo

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  253. Laurent

    Hello,

    My configuration:

    Ubuntu 11.10
    Version: 2.2.18

    Symptoms: when updating a version of xplanetFX, update-manager crash and told me the following message:

    update-manager crashed in AptDaemonError With commit (): org.debian.apt: xplanetFX isn’t a valid package name

    After a bug report in Launchpad for Ubuntu, it proves that it’s just a matter of writing:

    “Package names (Both source and binary, see Package, Section 5.6.7) Must Consist only of lower case letters (az), digits (0-9), plus (+) and minus (-) sign, and period (. ). Theys Must Be At Least Two characters long and must start With An Alphanumeric character. ”

    Here is the thread: https: / / bugs.launchpad.net / ubuntu / + source / update-manager / + bug/759501

    I hope I was as accurate as possible, thank you for your application, and long live it!

    Sorry for the syntax, I do not speak English well and I used Google Translate to write this message!

    Best regards

    Laurent

  254. Markus

    Hey Laurent!

    Thank you very much for the detailed report and the extensive information! And thank you a bunch for your estimation about xplanetFX!

    I always pushed back this step in my mind since the deb package left these rooms, but now it seems the time has come… ^^

    So I made the necessary changes to the repository server (it’s all so easy when program names and packages names are consistent…) and rebuilt the package, it has become version xplanetfx 2.2.19 now.

    I would really appreciate if you could test this version against the aptitude in 11.10 and tell me about your experiences. I wrote some additional stuff here (just in case you’re encountering problems):
    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/04/21/xplanetfx-2-2-19-packages-renamed-important/

    Thank you very much, cheers, markus.

    P.S.: your english is fine! Okay, as far as I can tell – cause mine sucks balls, too… but the essential part – to connect to each other – seems to work out pretty well .)

  255. Laurent

    Hey Marcus!

    Very good job! everything works flawlessly!

    Cheers!!

    Laurent

  256. Markus

    Hey Laurent,

    great to hear that!

    Greetings, markus.

  257. Luthijn

    Hey Markus,

    Sorry, last message I read here was that you were testing on your very own 10.10 64bit … Anyway .. today I downloaded a new copy through your blog, installed it, changed settings in the GUI and executed a perfectly working xplanetFX!

    Very happy, thanks for your effort and any changes made in the script. It works!

    Keep up the good work ..

    Cheers Luthijn

  258. Markus

    Hey Luthijn,

    thank you very much for the report – makes me really happy to hear about that!

    And you’re welcome, cheers, markus.

  259. SteveH

    Markus,

    User ‘misterxyz’ has reported an issue on Arch User Repository. The issue is setting the background with gnome3, which uses gsettings rather than gconftool.

    ‘mistxyz’ has also posted a hack, which breaks compatibility with gnome2, but does allow function with gnome3 – http://pastebin.com/4PuCCAE5

    From the hack, it appears the required line to set background for gnome3 is:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri “$FINAL”

    Thanks,
    Steve

  260. Markus

    Hey Steve,

    thank you very much for this report! I implemented a test that doesn’t break in GNOME2, unfortunately I have no GNOME3 to test against. But there shouldn’t occur any problem.

    Cheers, Markus.

  261. André

    Hi Markus,

    under Arch Linux with xplanetFX 2.21 I have to adjust the proposed patch of SteveH to
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri “file://$FINAL”
    Then it also works with GNOME3.

    Cheers,

    André

  262. Markus

    Hey André,

    thank you a bunch for the report! I added the file:// protocol to the command in 2.2.22. Since there are some reports that it’s working by now I hope it won’t break on these machines.

    So thanks and greetings, markus.

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  264. LinuxNut

    Hi, I have been trying to get xplanetfx working on a clean install of Ubuntu 11.04 and it does not seem to work. Both in the Unity and Classic interfaces.

    On a computer I ran the distro-upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04 where Xplanetfx was already installed it still works.

    Why won’t it work on a clean install?

    I have tried searching the Ubuntu forums and Generically Google but have not found any help on this issue.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

  265. Markus

    Hey LinuxNut,

    sorry, but “it does not seem to work” is kind of indifferent. At least the information what exactly doesn’t work is neccessary to provide any help. (It doesn’t install? It doesn’t open the GUI? It doesn’t generate the pictures? it doesn’t switch the wallpaper? What are the logs saying? Is there any odd output in the terminal? Do you have the latest version installed?) Please have a look @ the additional information below this comment field. Thanks.

    Cheers, Markus.

  266. LinuxNut

    Hey Markus,
    So sorry you are correct “does not seem to work” is really really vague. Had a momentary brain lapse when posting…

    OS – Ubuntu 11.04
    XplanetFX vs. 2.2.22

    The software installs the gui works however the background never changes from the default Ubuntu – Purple…

    WOW – did not think to see if xplanetfx has logs :[ (seems obvious now) all good software tends to have a log somewhere :)

    Again sorry for a seeming indifferent/vague first post.

    LinuxNut

  267. vicko

    Hi,
    same here. I made clean Install Ubuntu 11.04 64bit on thinkpad x220i. Then i installed xplanetFX but i get no background. So-i would be very happy to find solution here, because the programm looks teriffic!

  268. kidchemical

    hey markus,

    i’m having the same problem as LinuxNut.
    when i hit execute on the gui, it says xplanetFX is sleeping
    and the background doesn’t change.

    also, the activity list under the tools tab doesn’t output any errors
    (which i’m assuming is the log?).

    thanks,
    kidchemical

  269. LinuxNut

    Hi,

    In case some one else has this issue I found the problem.

    For whatever reason the change background screen is not getting updated to the XplanetFX background.

    If you go to change desktop background, then click the add button you then need to add the /home/user/.xplanetfx/output/xplanetfx1.png file to the desktop background and then it works. Not sure why it does not auto add as in the previous version of Ubuntu maybe it is just my hardware as I am running 11.04 on a different pc.

    There are 2 files in the folder one is xplanetfx1.png and one is xplanetfx2.png. Not sure why that is either.

    In any case it is working now :)

    Thanks for all your help :)

  270. vicko

    @ LinuxNut: Thanks – that make xplanetfx working on my computer too! :-)

  271. Markus

    Hey @ all!

    @LinuxNut: Thank you very much for the details! And thanks a lot for your investigation in this problem! It’s a lot easier to search for a fix now.

    > There are 2 files in the folder one is xplanetfx1.png and one is xplanetfx2.png. Not sure why that is either.

    They are updated alternately for having seamless background changes on every system. If I would overwrite the same file, some desktop environments are getting confused.

    It seems to be a bug in 11.04 but perhaps it’s not a bug but a feature. So the next step should be to open a bug report about this problem. I would do it but unfortunately I can’t provide any further information because I’m running 10.04 by now :/ I’m right in the middle of the development for the next ill FOSS so I don’t want to bother my thinkpad with a new system atm. Sorry for that, hope you’ll understand.

    If someone could open a bug report and keep an eye on it I would be very very happy about!

    But for a better information I’ll add this workaround to the known issues section now until a fix is implemented (by the gnome guys or by me).

    So thanks a lot again for the details and the workaround!!

    Cheers, markus.

  272. vic

    Hi,
    just to say-i noticed that somtimes if you are adjusting desktop theme, you should save/update two times changes to make them work…

  273. Markus

    Hey vic,

    sorry but I can’t do anything with this report.

    Cheers, markus.

  274. vic

    Well, when i change themes or setup in 11.04 64bit, i have to apply changes two times (first time apply makes nothing), I think it has something to do with two images (from output) file that have to be added to background file.

    No big deal.

    Yet, i have another question. Is it possible to render/download even higher quality images (more detailed)? I use under mac os http://www.osxplanet.com/ and the earth images are more detailed there…

    Thanks

  275. Markus

    Hey vic,

    Sorry, but it’s not easy to get what you mean. Changing themes or settings is doing completely different things and behaves completely different. For example: if xplanetFX is sleeping and you’re changin a theme it should restart the daemon afterwards and render a new image immediately. Other the behave after saving settings: that shouldn’t restart xplanetFX – you have to click on the refresh button manually. “Applying changes” is different, too. To select a theme you have to click the apply button beneath the theme selector (or doubleclick the thumbnail), saving changes in the other settings tabs is done via save button. If both of them have to be clicked two times it would be very spooky.

    So to understand your problem it would be most helpful if you could read the manual above and compare the steps described there with your experience. Try to find out the differences and what you expect instead and write them down with more accurate labels.

    About your second point: Do you mean the color textures of the planet? The cloud images should be the same since there’s only one service providing them. it seems OSXplanet isn’t available anymore or the servers are down atm so i can’t have a look into. Could you search your apple for the used images an tell me about their resolution? You could copy one xplanetFX theme and place the apple files in there overwriting the original texture files.

  276. vic

    Hi, so, i will try to explain it step-by-step. My xplanetfx is running default theme. I open gui and want to increase earth size-i change the size from 33 to 35. Then i press “save” button and then “apply” (Aktualisieren). Nothing. I have to press apply button again to have changes visible.
    Other than that, i noticed that the desktop image is changing not every 20 min but rather 40 min. So i set up to “aktualisierung” for every 10 minutes, to have it changed every 20 min. I think it has something to do with those two images in output directory-one image seems not to be active.

    Well, i am not sure what was resolution of planetosx images (i think 1024×768), but i remember that i could make in setup options intensity of earth details. Unfortunately i reinstalled my macos i have no planetosx installed. But later i will install it (if it will be possible to download it) and i will post here images or needed files.

  277. vic

    EDIT: you can download planetosx here:
    http://osxplanet.softonic.de/mac/download

    So, if needed i will install it on macos but you should tell me what to do next (upload, replace) – i am not very good at this stuff…

  278. Markus

    Hey vic,

    thank you very much for the details, now I understand what you mean but I can’t reproduce the error (I have no 11.04 installed right now).

    When you hit “apply” once is xplanetFX at least trying to render a new one and it just doesn’t appear? Or is simply nothing happening? You can see what the daemon is doing on the lower left of the user interface. Some entries of the log (last tab) could be helpful, too. There’s logged which image will be updated and stuff like that while xplanetFX is rendering.

    If this doesn’t lead to the problems core there are two more things you can do to gather some needed informations:

    * start xplanetFX in a terminal after all instances of the daemon are shut down by simply typing “xplanetFX” in the shell. After the render cycle is done you can quit with ctrl+c and should try it once more. There will be more detail if something produces errors.

    * Edit /usr/bin/xplanetFX as root and change line 7 to DEBUG=1 to get the most details about the rendering process. The output of two cycles would be really helpful.

    Cheers, markus.

  279. Markus

    Okay I tried to look in the dmg of OSXplanet but with no luck. It is a bzipped image of a hfs drive and I managed to unpack and mount it. I can see the contents but am not able to open or read images. So we need an installation on a apple computer to look for the resolution.

    To do so simply install the dmg on a apple computer. I don’t know the architecture of the OSX file system so you shpould search for the applications folder with your preferred tools. (I would try to “updatedb” and “locate OSXplanet” under unixoids). Images are embedded in this structure:

    OSXplanet.app/Contents/Resources/OSXplanet/images/

    and I think it should be earth.high.jpg we need to know the resolution from.

    Cheers, markus.

  280. vic

    Hi,
    yes it is rendering, it says “xplanetfx arbeitet gerade”, then “schläft” – so everything works just normal-but the picture is not changing, until i press the apply button again. But as said-it is not big deal. Xplanetfx is using so many resources that i left it apply new image every 10 minutes. Thanks for advice – i just looked logs. So, once the xplanetfx is rendering xplanetFX1.png, and another time xplanetFX2.png picture. In 11.04 64bit we should manually change background (i added xplanetFX1.png), and the changes are applying only when the image xplanetFX1.png is reloaded/applied.

    About second question – I extracted mac os planetosx files in my linux system and found high quality picture. Then i replaced the xplanetfx picture with that one. Planetosx images are with vivid colors, but still i can not see how to achieve those high detailed earth picture that is available in macos.
    http://img861.imageshack.us/i/bildschirmfotog.png/

    But i like this vivid colors because the earth regions are more visable (i live in Austria :-))
    http://img861.imageshack.us/i/bildschirmfotog.png/

    Ok, log here:

    “2011-06-20 15:13:01 ###### xplanetFX 2.2.23 starting render cycle ######
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 final image @ /home/linux/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 location @ lon 16 / lat 48
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 33
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 special f/x @ clouds: 0 | specular: 0 | post: 1
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 inspecting cloud map…
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 Clouds image is up-to-date
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:01 creating corona on background…
    2011-06-20 15:13:04 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:04 preparing clouds map…
    2011-06-20 15:13:05 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:05 rendering image via xplanet…
    2011-06-20 15:13:13 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:13 creating atmosphere…
    2011-06-20 15:13:19 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:19 rendering post production…
    2011-06-20 15:13:25 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:25 updating background for GNOME environment…
    2011-06-20 15:13:25 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:25 next update: 15:27:51 2011-06-20
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 xplanetFX was (re)started.

    2011-06-20 15:13:42 ###### xplanetFX 2.2.23 starting render cycle ######
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 final image @ /home/linux/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 location @ lon 16 / lat 48
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 33
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 special f/x @ clouds: 0 | specular: 0 | post: 1
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 inspecting cloud map…
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 Clouds image is up-to-date
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:42 creating corona on background…
    2011-06-20 15:13:45 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:45 preparing clouds map…
    2011-06-20 15:13:46 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:46 rendering image via xplanet…
    2011-06-20 15:13:55 done.
    2011-06-20 15:13:55 creating atmosphere…
    2011-06-20 15:14:00 done.
    2011-06-20 15:14:00 rendering post production…
    2011-06-20 15:14:06 done.
    2011-06-20 15:14:06 updating background for GNOME environment…
    2011-06-20 15:14:07 done.
    2011-06-20 15:14:07 next update: 15:28:33 2011-06-20″

  281. vic

    To open and see content of apple dmg files you sould use DMG2IMG.
    After you change it to img run in terminal
    modprobe hfsplus
    and then
    mount -t hfsplus -o loop OSXplanet2.0b02.img /mnt

    The you can see all files in /mnt/

  282. vic

    So, the same picture in Linux and MacOS:
    http://img94.imageshack.us/i/osxplanet.png/
    http://img848.imageshack.us/i/bildschirmfotoe.png/

    So, is it possible to configure xplanetfx to have 3D Landscape Texture?

  283. Markus

    Hey vic,

    xplanetFX has bump maps but not at an extreme level like your example image. To change the amount of bump mapping in the actual selected template edit ~/.xplanetFX/config/xplanet-final an change the line 28 “bump_scale=0.3″ to your favorized setting. Was the bump mapping stuff the kernel of your resolution question? ImageShack provides some 1280 images I can’t see a lot of difference in the details in.

    As I said, the mounting worked but I can’t open any of the images. To compare the resolution on your computer: xplanetFX uses maps @ 2500×1250 pixels by default.

    Greetings, markus.

  284. vic

    Hi and thanks a lot! I changed “bump_scale=0.3″ to “bump_scale=0.9″ and got that 3D Landscape Texture – and it is really beautiful. You should add this option to GUI.

    So, at the end, i could without any problem use some another images (i prefer vivid colors) and achieve the same effects as under mac os. The images from osxplanet are 4096×2048, but they have only 800-900KB, and if you look them they aren´t better then the default images in xplanetfx – only the colors are more intensive. As said, “bump_scale=” makes the image to have this 3D effect…

    But i wonder how you can´t browse and view the mac os pictures… i am total amateur but i can do it… Maybe you should brose it with gksudo nautilus? (at my computer i found them in /mnt/OSXplanet.app/Contents/Resources/OSXplanet/images/)

    Thanks for helping!

  285. Markus

    Hey vic,

    you’re very welcome. Unfortunately it’s not that easy to add options from the xplanet config files to the gui if the files have to be editable by human beings with all the possible constellations xplanet can take (which is one of my goals – I hate infantilizing user interfaces). I would have to write a parser for them I don’t have the time for atm :/

    To change the resolution of the basic images all templates have to be reworked which is a huge effort. For the moment it seems to work for you so I’ll think about if there are more complaints about it.

    Cheers, markus.

  286. vic

    Well, as said, i am not sure if the picture resolution here really important is-i see no different in output quality on 21″ 1900×1080 Display.
    Here same theme with two differen images (“bump_scale=0.6″)

    Thanks again and regards!
    http://img62.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done&l=img62/6016/bildschirmfototb.png
    http://img856.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done&l=img856/5060/bildschirmfoto1h.png

  287. vic

    Just little update: i reboot computer in MacOS to compare osxplanet output, and, unfortunately, the output in mac os from the same image has more details. So, i use the same size picture (4096×2048) but the output is different.

    Still, i am happy with my xplanetfx output, but would like to know is it possible to achieve the same output as in mac os with adjusting of some .conf files?

  288. Chris

    Hallo Markus

    Ich habe mich dazu entschlossen meine Sache (erweitert) hier auch hier zu veröffentlichen also dann mal los:

    Wie geschrieben war die Installationsroutine unter Fedora 15 diese: yum install xplanet ImageMagick-perl ImageMagick (xplanet sollte auch aufgenommen werden denn dies Programm ist unter Fedora 15 nicht (mehr) dabei.

    Weiter die Änderungen in der /usr/bin/xplanetFX from gconftool-2 zu GConf sehen wie folgt aus in den Linien 1614 – 1616::
    Linien 1614 – 1616) :

    ***
    # GNOME 2!
    if [ "`which GConf`" != "" ]; then gconf=”GConf”
    else gconf=”GConf”; fi
    $gconf -t str -s /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename “$FINAL”
    ***
    Angemerkt muss hier werden, dass Fedora GNOME 3 nutzt – aber für meine Zwecke habe ich die Hilfslinien nicht geändert. ;)

    Weiter wie in der Anleitung für KDE 4.* habe ich ein wenig mehr herum gespielt da mir die Lösung mit einem separaten Ordner nicht gefallen hatte.

    Erst habe ich versucht den Output Nummer zwei zu löschen, was allerdings keine Ausgabe des Wallpapers zu Folge hatte also habe ich die Ausgabe wie folgt geändert, wobei jeweils das alte vom neuen überschrieben wird (Zeile 59 und 60):

    MAPSIZE=”2500×1250″ # do not change except all base maps are resized, too
    BACKGROUND=$USERDIR”/cache/background.png”
    BASEIMAGE=$USERDIR”/base/canvas.png” # overall background, must be png
    CONFIG=$USERDIR”/config/xplanet-final” # config for xplanet used in final rendering
    INTERIM=$USERDIR”/cache/final.png”
    OUTPUT1=$USERDIR”/output/xplanetFX1.png”
    OUTPUT2=$USERDIR”/output/xplanetFX1.png”
    FINAL=”$USERDIR/Desktop/xplanetFX.png” # default output if SINGLE is set to 1
    CONFIGFILE=$USERDIR”/xplanetFX.conf”

    So läuft dein Programm wenn als Diashow eingerichtet auch vom ./home/user/.xplanetFX/output/ aus wunderbar wenn in der KDE-Arbeitsflächen-Einstellung das ganze als Diashow eingerichtet wird. Wichtig ist, dass der Haken bei “System-Hintergrundbilder” bei diese Einstellung automatisch steht herausgenommen wird.

    So, ich hoffe dass ich Dir damit weiterhelfen konnte.

    Chris

    Ps. Jetzt fehlt mir eigentlich nur noch ein Bild mit ner zerstörten/kurz vor der Explosion stehenden Erde um vollends glücklich zu sein :D

  289. Markus

    Hey vic,

    thanks a lot for the new screenshots. Since I don’t own any apple anymore there’s no chance for testing. But I don’t do any magic to xplanet while rendering and feed the maps delivered with a template directly into it without any conversion. So if you have overwritten the maps with HiRes images and the output doesn’t get more detailed there possibly is nothing I can do about. To proof it you could use xplanet on your machines directly on the command line to have a /real/ comparation. You can use the same configs and maps on both systems.

    The other problem is odd – seems that telling gnome which background to use doesn’t work in 11.04 anymore. I have to take a deeper look into – it’s soothing that you have a workaround atm.

    Cheers, markus.

  290. Markus

    Hey Chris,

    wow, vielen Dank, Mann! Ich habe das für Fedora gleich mal eingebaut, ist soeben als 2.2.24 online gegangen. Den Edit in xplanetFX für KDE4 kann man umgehen, da man in den Einstellungen eine feste Datei angeben kann, in die gerendert werden soll, dann bleibt xplanetFX updatefähig. Und die Yum-Zeile habe ich oben in die Installationsanleitung aufgenommen – vielen Dank dafür (im Namen der Fedora-User .)!

    Zu Deinem Theme-Wunsch: wird Zeit für ein Theme namens “Eschaton” ^^ ein Freund hatte sich eine Erde gewünscht, die vor lauter Satellitenschrott nicht mehr zu sehen ist, passt ja ganz gut in die Reihe – “Eschaton” mit den Styles “Covered”, “Screwed” und “Fucked” .D

    Also nochmal fetten Dank für die Forschungsreisen und den ausführlichen Report! Viele Grüße, markus.

  291. Chris

    Hey nochmals :)

    Du hast Recht, er kann umgangen werden nur sehe ich die Möglichkeit als einfacher an, die in deinem Programm genutzte Integrität zu nutzen und einfach die Ausgabe in nur eine Bilddatei aus zu werfen – Habe dann einfach dieses Bild genommen und im Intervall von 2min ein refresh – klappt so wunderbar;)

    Also kann man es vergessen Programm-Intern manuell zu schalten sondern kann einfach auf KDE lassen ;)

    Ich bin mal gespannt auf die Walls :D Tönt ja mal “sau-gut”…

    Danke für die ehre des genannten Credit :)
    Wenn du willst, kann ich mal an nem Fedora .repo rumdoktoren – So etwas mache ich aber nicht ohne dein Einverständnis!

    Ich verbleibe
    mit freundlichen Grüssen

    Chris

  292. Markus

    Hey Chris,

    jawoll, Vielfalt der Möglichkeiten ist immer noch die Beste Wahl. Ich linke Deinen Comment mal oben in die Known Issues für diejenigen, die damit Probleme haben.

    Ein Fedora-Repository wäre natürlich ein Kracher! Habe mit RPM keine Erfahrungen und auch kein System, was diese nutzt, daher ist das Thema hier echt stiefmütterlich behandelt. Es würde aber bestimmt eine Menge Leute glücklich machen, über RPM’s regelmäßige Updates zu erhalten.

    Da ich das Ding letztens unter die F4A-Lizenz gestellt habe, kannst Du damit auch eh machen, was Du willst .)

    cat /usr/share/xplanetFX/LICENSE

    Die Themes werden leider noch etwas auf sich warten lassen, da ich momentan mitten im nächsten kranken OpenSource-Brainfuck hänge und da jetzt erstmal nach vorne kommen will. Aber sowas ist ja immer gerne mal als Sonntagnachmittag-Entspannung genommen .)

    Viele Grüße, markus.

  293. vic

    Hi,
    endlich-ich habe es geschafft!!! Habe zuerst alle xplanetfx Bilder durch Bilder von osxplanet ersetzt, dann .config file von mac mit linux verglichen und einige Werte dann geändert. Ich poste dann hier xplanet.0.config (MAcOS) und xlinuxFX config File:
    Endergebnis (Wolkenintensität habe ich mit cloud_gamma= geändert). Ich kann jetzt keinen Unterschied zwischen MacOS und Linux Wallpaper sehen.

    http://img803.imageshack.us/i/bildschirmfotoc.png/

    Danke und LG!!!

    MacOS
    “#Config File created by OSXplanet Version 1.0

    [earth]“Earth”
    arc_color=white
    image=earth.rendered.high.jpg
    night_map=night.rendered.high.jpg

    cloud_map=clouds_print.tif
    marker_file=subpoints
    #marker_font=”Arial”
    color={255,255,255} # fallback color in case an image map isn’t found
    draw_orbit=false # draw this body’s orbit about its primary
    grid=false
    grid1=6
    grid2=15
    #image=
    magnify=1 # draw the body as if its radius were magnified by this factor
    marker_color=green
    marker_file=
    bump_map=earthbump.jpg
    bump_scale=5
    max_radius_for_label=3 # don’t draw a label if the body’s radius in pixels is more than this
    min_radius_for_label=.01 # don’t draw a label if the body’s radius in pixels is less than this
    min_radius_for_markers=40 # don’t draw markers if the body’s radius in pixels is less than this
    #night_map=
    orbit={-.5,.5,2} # extent of orbit to draw, {start, end, delta}, where
    # start and end are in units of period of revolution
    # and delta is angular increment to evaluate position
    orbit_color={255,255,255} # color for the orbit
    random_origin=true # Can this body be considered if -origin random is used?
    random_target=true # Can this body be considered if -target random is used?
    #satellite_file=
    shade=30 # 0 = black, 100 = same as dayside
    specular_map=earthspec.jpg
    text_color={255,0,0} # color for text (markers & body label)
    [sun]
    “Sun”
    color={254,254,166}
    max_radius_for_label=0 # never draw a label for the sun
    [mercury]
    “Mercury”
    color={100, 100, 100}
    min_radius_for_label=0 # always draw a label
    [venus]
    “Venus”
    color={161, 129, 70}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    #marker_file=earth
    min_radius_for_label=0
    #satellite_file=iss
    [moon]
    “Moon”
    color={100, 100, 100}
    [mars]
    “Mars”
    color={172, 123, 67}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [phobos]
    “Phobos”
    [deimos]
    “Deimos”
    [jupiter]
    “Jupiter”
    color={204, 163, 133}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [io]
    “Io”
    color={212, 182, 52}
    [europa]
    “Europa”
    color={140, 140, 140}
    [ganymede]
    “Ganymede”
    color={150, 150, 150}
    [callisto]
    “Callisto”
    color={70, 70, 70}
    [saturn]
    “Saturn”
    color={244, 199, 134}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [mimas]
    “Mimas”
    [enceladus]
    “Enceladus”
    [tethys]
    “Tethys”
    [dione]
    “Dione”
    [rhea]
    “Rhea”
    [titan]
    “Titan”
    color={252,94,7}
    [hyperion]
    “Hyperion”
    [iapetus]
    “Iapetus”
    [phoebe]
    “Phoebe”
    [uranus]
    “Uranus”
    color={105, 197, 238}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [miranda]
    “Miranda”
    [ariel]
    “Ariel”
    [umbriel]
    “Umbriel”
    [titania]
    “Titania”
    [oberon]
    “Oberon”
    [neptune]
    “Neptune”
    color={95, 133, 232}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [triton]
    “Triton”
    [nereid]
    “Nereid”
    [pluto]
    “Pluto”
    color={206, 180, 153}
    min_radius_for_label=0
    [charon]

    “Charon””

    xplanet-final:
    “[default]
    arc_color=white
    color={255,255,255}
    draw_orbit=false
    grid=false
    grid1=6
    grid2=15
    marker_color=white
    max_radius_for_label=1
    min_radius_for_label=1
    magnify=0
    orbit={-.5,.5,1}
    orbit_color={40,40,40} # color for the orbit
    random_origin=true
    random_target=true
    shade=8
    text_color={255,255,255}
    twilight=20

    [earth]
    “Earth”
    color={28, 82, 110}
    map=base/earth.jpg
    night_map=base/earth_night.jpg
    specular_map=base/earth_spec.jpg
    bump_map=base/earth_bump.jpg
    bump_scale=5

    ### the following section is generated by script – do not change! ###
    ### or change in xplanetFX also 2 times! ###
    cloud_map=cache/clouds.jpg
    cloud_gamma=0.7
    cloud_ssec=false
    cloud_threshold=70
    ### end of script generated section ###

    min_radius_for_label=0
    magnify=1
    grid=false
    draw_orbit=false
    shade=30

    [moon]
    “Moon”
    map=base/moon.jpg
    bump_map=base/moon_bump.jpg
    bump_scale=0.3
    color={100, 100, 100}
    draw_orbit=false
    magnify=20
    shade=7

    [sun]
    color={255,255,225}
    shade=70
    map=base/sun.jpg”

  294. vic

    P.S. Ich hätte noch eine Frage- da ich die Erde ziemlich vergrössert habe, könnte ich evtl. Mondbahn um die Erde evtl. verkürzen?

  295. vic

    EDIT: kannst meine letzte Frage ignorieren. Habe im xplanet-final.conf magnify-Wert geändert:
    “min_radius_for_label=0
    magnify=31
    grid=false
    draw_orbit=false
    shade=10″

    Danke…

  296. vic

    Und ich bin zurück-habe gerade gemerkt-links scheint die Erde gerade geschnitten zu sein. Ist es möglich das Bild so einstellen, dass es ganz rund ist?
    http://img402.imageshack.us/i/bildschirmfotonp.png/

    Ich habe versucht corona Ausblenden-Option zu ändern, aber es hilft nicht…

  297. Sebastian C

    Hallo,

    seit kurzen läd planetFX ein anderes Satellitenbild als sonst. – Es ist grüner.
    Ist es möglich, dass das alte Satellitenbild wieder geladen wird, das war um längen schöner.

    Sebastian

    OS: Archlinux
    Version xplanetFX: 2.2.23-1

  298. Alphydan

    Hi There,

    First of all, thank you so much for putting this together. I already had xplanet on my desktop, but this makes customizing and playing with it much easier.

    <>
    On Ubuntu 11.04, when installing xplanetFX.deb (double click), version, 2.2.24 (xplanetfx) I get the error:

    Lintian check results for /home/avo/Desktop/xplanetFX.deb:
    E: xplanetfx: malformed-deb-archive found 4 members instead of 3

    Cheers,

  299. Markus

    Hey Alphydan,

    thank you very much for the detailed report!

    Ubuntu decided to implement Lintian, a package checking tool, to the software center. It struggles over the _gpgorigin file inside the package which is the basic recommendation for signed packages. Since it is only 11.04 by now giving a shite on signed debs, here is a work around until the situation gets more clear (a lot of maintainers and developers have the same problem atm):

    http://www.liberiangeek.net/2011/04/install-gdebi-package-installer-and-fix-the-package-is-of-bad-quality-error-in-ubuntu-11-04-natty-narwhal/

    I’ll add this to the installation instructions of the manual.

    Thanks, markus.

  300. Markus

    Hey Sebastian!

    Vielen Dank für den Report, doch leider werde ich da nicht richtig schlau daraus. Was genau meinst Du mit Satellitenbild? Die Wolken oder die Textur der Erde? Ein Screenshot wäre riesig!

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  301. Markus

    Hey vic,

    bäh, das sieht mal mies aus. Verschwindet das mit dem Abschalten von Corona oder Atmosphäre? Die Suche nach dem Problem könnte sich etwas ziehen, da sowas gerne mal imagemagick-Spacks sind, die mit manchen Versionen auftreten. Deswegen nur step-by-step. Vllt. über Mail? besser für Screenshots etc.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  302. vic

    Hi,
    ja-hast du Recht-das hat irgendwas mit Corona zu tun-sobald ich Corona ausschalte, das Bild ist schön, wie es sein soll. Ich würde vorschlagen, dass du dir keine Sorge um dieses Problem machst-ich habe selbst viele Änderungen in .conf file gemacht und wahrscheinlich liegt das Problem nur bei meinem (bearbeiteten) Thema. Ohne Corona schaut bei mir xplanetFX auch wunderschön…
    E-Mail – kein Problem auch, falls ich irgendwie helfen kann-gerne.
    Danke und LG

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    [...] update sudo apt-get install xplanetFX If you want to download a .deb or a .rpm please go to: http://mein-neues-blog.de/xplanetFX/#install Early Feb 2011 there was a new release with many improvements. Some of these include: [...]

  304. Maisondouf

    Hi, as I want to update from 2.2.23 to 2.2.24, I decided to create a repository for your .deb version.

    So you can access it with this APT line :

    deb http://maisondouf.homeip.net/distrib/xplanetfx/ all main

    NB: I run also with 11.04 :lol:

  305. Markus

    Hey Maisondouf,

    sorry, but when the “Crazy Hacker’s Family” offers a repository on a home IP connection with upspeed @ 50kBit I personally become suspicious.

    No offense, cheers, markus.

  306. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,
    First of all, I want to tell you that your job is really great !!!
    I used XPlanet before I found your version that is really fine !!!
    With my experience of XPlanet, I improved a little bit XPlanetFX with some points that could be added in a future version… Why not ?
    These modifications are just concerning the aspect, not at all the soft.
    Even if our earth is called ‘The Blue Planet’, I think that your base picture of earth is a little bit too blue.
    So I am using pictures from NASA Blue Marble Next Generation collection.
    I say pictures instead of picture, because the aspect of earth is not the same from 1st of January till 31st of december. Snow, ice and vegetation coverages are different.
    It’s why I use the monthly pictures of Blue Marble Next Generation.
    The earth is also less blue but more brown and green !!!
    I think that it is possible to write a script in order to change automaticaly the picture of the month according to the date. But I dont know how to, so I change manually every new month, using the picture of the month after having been renamed.
    I also changed the night picture, because the one of BM NG has more lights than the one you are using and is a little bit lighter.
    I find that visually the result is more ‘attractive’ than the original version using your pictures in the base directory.
    But, your job is really great, and thanks a lot once more for that !!!

  307. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    thank you very much for your appreciation and you suggestions. I had a short look for the images and they’re pleasing my eyes on the first sight. So I will try them later in xplanetFX (don’t have the time right now..) and will post the results. At least there will be a shell script you can add to crontab I think. So please be patient until I find the time. Thanks for helping improving OSS!

    Cheers Markus.

  308. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,

    If you want to see the difference, have a glance here :
    http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?pid=5551621#p5551621
    I posted screenshots of my netbook environment with the normal and modified wallpaper.
    I’m waiting for your new versions !
    Concerning crontab, I don’t know how to change the name of the file in order to change it from ‘month of the year’ to ‘earth’, and if the name of the picture is not ‘earth’, there is no earth on the wallpaper, just a blue circle with clouds (I’ve allready tried)
    Bye

  309. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    thank you for the screenshots! I personally prefer the delivered images but I’ll write a script for you that does everything from renaming to copying and resizing, too (if you have different sizes for xplanet textures the CPU load goes up unnessecarily). So please stay patient ;)

    Cheers, markus.

  310. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    here we are:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/07/30/xplanetfx-nasa-blue-marble-collection-as-textures/

    Cheers, markus.

  311. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » xplanetFX: NASA Blue Marble Collection as textures

    [...] Pyllinux wanted to see the NASA Blue Marble Collection as monthly textures on his xplanetFX desktop. If you want to get an impression please take a look here. [...]

  312. Phyllinux

    Thanks a lot Markus,
    Quick, efficient, and exactly what I needed :-)
    No problem with my Natty.
    As usual : Great job !!!

  313. Davide

    Fantastic! Installed on my Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) – Gnome 2.30.2.

    Thanks a lot :)

  314. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    you’re welcome and it makes me happy to hear that it runs without a flaw on your machine, thanks for the note!

    Greetings, markus.

  315. Markus

    Hey Davide,

    thank you very much for your estimation!

    Cheers, markus.

  316. René

    I installed everything, which went ok. But when I open the configuration and set a theme, I don get to see the theme nor the Earth globe. It says itś running, but I don get to see it. My desktop remains as it was. Any ideas? I really like this but it doesn seem to work for me.

  317. Markus

    > Any ideas?

    Not with this little information, sorry. Please look below the comment field.

  318. HQ real-time Earth wallpaper XPlanetFX

    [...] Alle installatie bestanden (DEB, RPM) zijn te vinden op XPlanetFX. [...]

  319. dentex

    HI!
    thanks for the great tool.
    I just wanted to point out that it’s a couple of days I do not have clouds layer on my rendered image.
    It says “mirroring service has been discontinued”.

  320. Markus

    Hey dentex,

    thank you a bunch for your estimation! I’m currently working on the issue, please stay patient.

    Cheers, markus.

  321. Scott

    I’m getting the same discontinued message, with a web address to subscribe for images…

    http://xplanetclouds.com

  322. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    as I said – I’m currently working on the issue. I wrote a mail to Hari and just uploaded a new version fetching a static image from mein-neues-blog.de for a temporary solution to not destroy the visual experience.

    Cheers, Markus.

  323. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » xplanetFX 2.2.27: custom backgrounds and overlays

    [...] always happy to get (detailed) reports about problems with new features – so feel free to inform me when you’re experiencing flaws in the handling! Thanks in [...]

  324. vagrale13

    Hi Markus!
    Here the Greek translate with the last changes http://www.mediafire.com/?bvpjc98r74z6xnq

  325. Markus

    Hey vagrale13,

    wow that was pretty fast – thank you very much! I will wait a little if there are more translations today or tomorrow until I release a new version. Hope you’re fine with it.

    Cheers, markus.

  326. Scott

    I’m still getting the same discontinued message about the clouds, with a web address to subscribe for images…

    Sometimes I see clouds, sometimes I see the funky message?

    IS there an update or workaround other than turning off clouds?

    thanks,

    Scott

  327. Markus

    Hey Scott,

    have you read the latest blog posts and updated your xplanetFX? The distorted clouds should be history since actually three versions.

    Cheers, markus.

    P.S. Have you even read my answer on your last comment?

  328. vagrale13

    Hi Markus again! :)
    Here the Greek translation of version 2.3.0 http://ubuntuone.com/4VEl70wXTJsa6xo3mLmDrt
    the only where missing, is the “Services” label. I don’t find it.
    If you know where it is, the translate word is “Υπηρεσίες” without (“”)
    Keep up the good work!!

  329. Markus

    Hey vagrale 13!

    Your language updates always come in with the speed of light! Thank you very, very much!

    You’re right, i missed the translation functionality and language file entry for the services label – shame on me. Seems it was really late this morning ,)

    I fixed some other stuff and released the new version containing your updates – again: thanks a lot!

    Cheers, markus.

  330. Scott

    Markus,

    I will download the latest version! Thanks.

    Scott

  331. toogreen

    Hi Patrice,

    I’m using xplanetFX on Arch Linux, and it works perfectly! Thanks for that.

    However, my friend who runs Linux Mint 11 (based on Ubuntu 11.04) wants to use it, so I installed the .deb for him but it has the same issue as Ubuntu (image doesn’t update). I tried the recommended fix, but it doesn’t work. Adding:

    ~/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png

    AND

    ~/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png

    In the desktop background GUI does NOT work. It picks one, or the other, and doesn’t update itself. Help please!!!

  332. Markus

    Hey toogreen,

    whoever Patrice is… Shall I know about your mentioned workaround? afair there were no bug reports about this issue here in this blog.

    I will install a 11.04 now and take a closer look. Please stay patient.

    Cheers, markus.

  333. Markus

    Hey toogreen,

    please take a look here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/09/29/xplanetfx-2-3-4-fix-for-ubuntu-11-04-and-nicer-clouds-shadows/

    This fix worked for me under 11.04. Haven’t tested the Mint distribution but when it’s based on 11.04 it should work, too.

    So thank you very much for pointing out that there was an error with 11.04, cheers, markus.

  334. Sakku

    Hy, awesome work!

    Is there any way i get this running on Windows?

  335. Markus

    Hey Sakku,

    thanks a lot for the compliment!

    I’ve heard about a bash port for Windows, perhaps you have a chance with bc, Python should work, too, same for GTK, perhaps you get Cairo to work and find a pyGTK for Windows, so with installing and configuring a lot of stuff and recoding parts of the executables – maybe?

    Don’t know – try it, it’s open source .) Or try this one.

    Cheers, Markus.

  336. Sakku

    Tx for the fast answer. Well iam not nearly an expert in all this programs – seems like it would be much easier to switch from Windows to Linux. Do You have planned to bring out a version for Windows? Or could this bring trouble with copyrights or anything else?

  337. Markus

    Hey Sakku,

    there should be no copyright problems, it’s just I simply don’t give a flying fuck for Windows .)

    Greetings, markus.

  338. Sebastian

    Hi,

    I installed xplanetFX 2.3.6 on Archlinux with Gnome 3.2.0.
    xplanetFX was not able to update my wallpaper automatically, so I created a fix.
    I think there was a bug(?) in the /usr/bin/xplanetFX. Because gconftool-2 is installed on my PC, xplanetFX used it instead of gsettings.

    Here is the working file: http://pastebin.com/ax0MyqVv

    I hope it is useful
    Sebastian

  339. Markus

    Hey Sebastian,

    thank you very much for your bug report and especially the fix!

    Seems that it’s becoming a real problem with this totally messed up GNOME backend.. because with Ubuntu 11.04 it’s just the other way – it reacts only on changes through gconftool-2 but gsettings is installed, too. That’s the reason for this amount of ifs and elses (before you cleaned it up again).

    So if I implement your fix I’ll break Ubuntu again :/

    Have to investigate it a little further before changing anything.

    Cheers, markus.

  340. vagrale13

    Hi Markus!
    I fix some position words (it isn ‘t significant change), here http://ubuntuone.com/2qfaEXhaBl2hIvdHrl2C8t
    I use xplanetFX on Ubuntu 11.10 from alpha versions and works fine! :)

  341. Markus

    Hey vagrale13,

    ah cool, thank you very much! I will release it together with the next changes to whatever. Great to hear about a flawless functionality on 11.10 after struggling with 11.04 that much..

    Thanks a lot, markus.

  342. Dave Pyke

    I have a bug to report!
    I’m using Kubuntu Oneiric Ocelot with xplanetFX 2.3.5 I browsing my downloaded themes in the gui and before I co0uld click on one, the program crashed with the following output:
    *** glibc detected *** python: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x00007f4764013c90 ***
    ======= Backtrace: =========
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(+0x78a96)[0x7f477561ea96]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(+0x7b5db)[0x7f47756215db]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(realloc+0xf9)[0x7f4775622ee9]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0(g_realloc+0x31)[0x7f47746a0751]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(+0x32f73)[0x7f4772a28f73]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(+0x334e2)[0x7f4772a294e2]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(gdk_region_intersect+0x87)[0x7f4772a29bd7]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(+0x3e3bf)[0x7f4772a343bf]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(gdk_window_process_all_updates+0x131)[0x7f4772a367d1]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0(+0xb8f71)[0x7f4772d60f71]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk-x11-2.0.so.0(+0x1dd26)[0x7f4772a13d26]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0(g_main_context_dispatch+0x1dd)[0x7f4774699a5d]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0(+0x45258)[0x7f477469a258]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0(g_main_loop_run+0x162)[0x7f477469a792]
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0(gtk_main+0xa7)[0x7f4772ddcda7]
    /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/_gtk.so(+0x1ac056)[0x7f4773490056]
    python(PyEval_EvalFrameEx+0xea4)[0x4b7204]
    python(PyEval_EvalCodeEx+0x13d)[0x4bce3d]
    python(PyEval_EvalCode+0x32)[0x4bd922]
    python[0x4dcd42]
    python(PyRun_FileExFlags+0x84)[0x4dd904]
    python(PyRun_SimpleFileExFlags+0x17e)[0x4de40e]
    python(Py_Main+0x4fd)[0x4ee80d]
    /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xed)[0x7f47755c730d]
    python[0x41cb79]
    ======= Memory map: ========
    00400000-00633000 r-xp 00000000 08:01 30411453 /usr/bin/python2.7
    00832000-00833000 r–p 00232000 08:01 30411453 /usr/bin/python2.7
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    0089c000-008ae000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
    01eb3000-0569e000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0 [heap]
    3f08c00000-3f08c12000 r-xp 00000000 08:01 33031556 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXext.so.6.4.0
    3f08c12000-3f08e11000 —p 00012000 08:01 33031556 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXext.so.6.4.0
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    3f0f61d000-3f0f61e000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
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  343. Jehan

    Hi there, first of all thanks a lot for the application and the hard work, looks really awesome !

    However I’m meeting some issue with the gui,
    when I try to launch it through the terminal I got this

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 4233, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 280, in __init__
    self.fill_values()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 2520, in fill_values
    self.entryHeight.set_text(geom.split(“x”)[1])
    IndexError: list index out of range

    I have ubuntu 10.04 64bits editions and I’m using a dual screen
    I’m kind of new in the linux universe so sorry if I’m not clear.

    Regards

  344. Markus

    Hey!

    @Dave: Wow that’s probably the fucking most awesome error message one of my programs has ever produced ^^ Seems to be a problem with threading in general. Since Oneiric isn’t in a released state atm I wolud like to wait until the final version is out before I take any action. If the error still persists then please drop me a line again and I will install it do dive in there.

    Despite of that it would be interesting in which view this problem appears – the flip view or the normal list view – or even both? (They can be toggled in the top right corner of the tab)

    @Jehan: Thank you very much for your estimation and your bug report. However it happened, it seems that something destroyed your geometry settings. It’s problematic for me to reproduce such kinds of errors, so if you can remember what you did before it happened it would be really helpful. E.g. did you ran xplanetFX –setup? Or have you set the display resolution manually in the GUI before? Or with the “fit to screen” button or something like that?

    However – the easiest fix is to edit ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf with a text editor and change the value of GEOMETRY in the [Settings] section manually to a useful value, e.g. 1280×800 or 1680×1050 or similar.

    When you do this please remember to which value it is set actually and post it here to help me investigating this problem.

    Since I don’t have any dual monitor setup around xplanetFX is completely untested (and therefore not written) for setups with more than one monitor not used with a cloned display. I even don’t know how the behavior of “normal” backgrounds is under these kinds of setups :/ or what gtk.gdk.screen_width() reports… so I’m completely groping in the dark on this topic.

    Cheers, markus.

  345. Jehan

    Thanks a lot for your quick answer Markus :)

    After having installed the application for the first time, I did use the xplanetFX –setup command,
    and I never managed to launch the gui after. Therefore I guess I filled the parameters wrongly.

    I edited the GEOMETRY value in the xplanetFX.conf file (from “y” it became “1200×800″) and now it just work fine (I access the gui) :)
    Thanks again !

    By the way if you’re looking for features to add in next versions, it would be very nice if one could span the xplanetFX background.

  346. Markus

    Hey Jehan,

    you’re welcome! And thanks for noting down the value! “y” is really strange. If you didn’t type it in manually the routine for finding the actual screen resolution automatically seems fucked up on dual monitor systems.

    Nice to hear that it’s working now.

    Can you please explain what you exactly mean with “spanning the background”? I mean which background (the background xplanetFX renders on or the produced image) and span to what? Just to avoid misunderstandings.. thank you in advance!

    Cheers, markus.

  347. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,

    First of all, I am happy to see that you included my proposal of BMNG pictures in your last versions !
    I upgraded from 2.2.24 to 2.3.6 on my netbook, but I have a bug with this version :
    I have no more clouds !!!
    I don’t understand what happens.
    In my directory Home/.xplanetfx/cache, I have the different pictures (clouds.jpg, clouds.png, clouds_overlay.png, clouds_render.png)
    When I refresh the clouds, and update, I get a new clouds.jpg (and the clouds.tmp.jpg one), but at the end of the process, I get a picture without clouds :

    09/10/2011 15:46:36 ###### xplanetFX 2.3.6 starting render cycle ######
    09/10/2011 15:46:39 final image @ /home/gilles/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    09/10/2011 15:46:39 location @ lon 12 / lat 32
    09/10/2011 15:46:40 screen size @ 1280×800 | center @ +640+400 | radius @ 53
    09/10/2011 15:46:41 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 0 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    09/10/2011 15:46:42 using NASA Blue Marble Collection
    09/10/2011 15:46:46 inspecting cloud map…
    09/10/2011 15:46:46 no clouds image found, using default
    09/10/2011 15:46:46 fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    09/10/2011 15:46:51 No problems occurred.
    09/10/2011 15:46:54 Verifying image data…
    09/10/2011 15:46:54 Image “clouds.tmp.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.
    09/10/2011 15:46:54 done.
    09/10/2011 15:46:54 preparing NASA Blue Marble Collection maps…
    09/10/2011 15:46:56 done.
    09/10/2011 15:46:56 Rendering hi-quality stars on background…
    09/10/2011 15:47:02 done.
    09/10/2011 15:47:02 creating corona on background…
    09/10/2011 15:47:20 done.
    09/10/2011 15:47:22 rendering image via xplanet…
    09/10/2011 15:48:05 done.
    09/10/2011 15:48:05 creating different renderings with clouds…
    09/10/2011 15:49:15 done.
    09/10/2011 15:49:15 compositing clouds with final image…
    09/10/2011 15:49:18 done.
    09/10/2011 15:49:18 creating atmosphere…
    09/10/2011 15:49:33 done.
    09/10/2011 15:49:33 rendering post production…
    09/10/2011 15:49:34 done.
    09/10/2011 15:49:35 updating background for GNOME environment…
    09/10/2011 15:49:37 using gconftool-2 as backend
    09/10/2011 15:49:45 using gsettings as backend
    09/10/2011 15:49:45 done.
    09/10/2011 15:49:46 next update: 16:29:45 09/10/2011

    XplanetFX1.png = http://ubuntuone.com/5UCQLef3IwTJ8cOKCZcb2q
    XplanetFX2.png = http://ubuntuone.com/5Wpw1DKgv0U4Zo5PkFGh81

    Second point :
    I understand that you had to change your scripts due to the new policy of CORAL network.
    However, there are alternate sources (National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Iowa State University, some URLs in Korea also). I don’t know if they have updated clouds pictures or fix ones…
    I saw that you changed your script in usr/share/xplanetfx/clouds from download_clouds.pl to verify_clouds.pl
    So I wondered if it was possible to change your ‘verify’ script by the ‘download’ one, selecting the urls that I want and that are still operational in my computer? I am not sure of the result !!!

    At this time, I still have the 2.2.24 version on my desktop, and when I get the clouds picture telling me that the service is closed, I updated the clouds overlay downloading a new one with another URL…

    Thanks a lot for your job !

  348. Jehan

    Ah my bad,
    since the fix of my issue, I played with the parameters in the gui
    and realized that I was able to span the final produced image through the Settings tool.

    Well wish you success, keep on with your great work ! ;)

  349. Markus

    Hey Jehan,

    the best problems are the ones dissolving by themselves .)

    Cheers, markus.

  350. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    wow, that’s a strange error .) The Ubuntu one service seems down atm but I can imagine how a planet looks without clouds. The interesting question is: are the cache images looking the way they’re expected?

    clouds.jpg: 2048×1024 JPG with white clouds on black as a rectangle texture
    clouds.png: 2500×1250 PNG with the same image but a little less of the thinner clouds
    clouds_render.png: white clouds on black wrapped around the planet @ the size of your desired output resolution
    clouds_overlay.png: the same like before but with a slightly resized sphere depending on your clouds distance setting and @ the size of your desired output resolution
    clouds_shadows.png: black shadows on white wrapped around the earth with a little blurring and only visible beneath “ticker” clouds fileds

    You can delete all of them to see if they’re generated as expected.

    Another hint could be hidden inside the verbose output of xplanetFX. Edit the /usr/bin/xplanetFX as root and change line 8 to DEBUG=1. Please send me the output (perhaps via pastebin.com or a comparable service).

    And in the GUI logs there are no errors produced by the underlying programs like imagemagick, xplanet, bc aso. Just start “xplanetFX” in a terminal to see if there are any errors produced by the programs xplanetFX depends on.

    After you wrote that you’re thinking about fiddling with the download part – I have to ask if you changed anything in the software/GUI/configs/depending scripts/themes manually.

    To your second point:

    I didn’t change the scripts because of some CORAL policies but for the service of the realtime clouds gone commercial. I discussed a lot with the provider (Hari, the dev of xplanet) to give at least the baby finger to the FOSS community for free and he had an understanding at last. Please read my blog posts here and here about the issue.

    One of the consequences was that the clouds are only available through the CORAL network and no other mirror gets updated. So if you’re able to download a clouds image from any other site you can be kind of shure they’re not the actual clouds but only forgotten older versions from september 1. of this year.

    The deployment via CORAL persuaded me to implement the download process into the main xplanetFX daemon to become more independent from perl-imagemagick, which is needed just for the clouds verification process now but not for the download process anymore. That’s the reason for the change from download_clouds.pl to just verify_clouds.pl.

    Greetings, markus.

  351. Phyllinux

    Hey Markus,

    I quite understand the problem of clouds download. Business is business, and money is money !!!
    Thanks for the compromise you obtained. Once a day is better than nothing…

    And for me, now, it is nothing concerning the clouds overlay :-(

    First of all, I want to stress on the point that I did not change any line of the soft ! Even before or after the bug.

    1/ I deleted the 5 ‘clouds’ files
    2/ I resarted XplanetFX : Only 3 were regenerated : clouds.jpg, clouds.png and clouds_render.png. The 2 other ones are MIA. And I understand that without clouds_overlay.png, it is rather impossible to get an overlay of the clouds :-)

    Here is file of debugging : (Sorry I’m not familiar at all with pastebin that I never used)

    I noticed that there are a lot of ‘unrecognized’ or ‘unable’.

    Before trying to delete the soft and to try with a clean re-install, I’m waiting for your diagnosis.

  352. Phyllinux

    Here is the debug file :

    10/10/2011 09:12:23 # DEBUG config /home/gilles/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf | pregrid=0 coronablur=5 atmosphere=1 logging=1 stars=0 overlay=0 prescript= xchiq=0 orbit=-60 longitude=0 delay=1200 searchmapurl=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ bumpclouds=1 cloudfactor=1.01 autostart=60 output= date=0 post=1 gmt=1 themeview=ICONS center=+960+600 language= script= geometry=1920×1200 xcuser= corona=1.03 showorbit=1 xplanetclouds=0 specular=1 template=default latitude=0 radius=32 xcpass= nbmc=0 showdate=0 PREGRID=1 ATMOSPHERE=1 AUTOSTART=0 PRESCRIPT= ORBIT=0 DELAY=2399 CLOUDFACTOR=1.01 DATE=1297987200 CENTER=+640+400 LANGUAGE= SCRIPT= CORONA=1.017 SHOWORBIT=0 SPECULAR=0 CORONABLUR=10 STYLE=default LOGGING=1 OVERLAY=0 LONGITUDE=12 RADIUS=53 STARS=5 OUTPUT= POST=1 GMT=+1 THEMEVIEW=ICONS SEARCHMAPURL=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ GEOMETRY=1280×800 TEMPLATE=default LATITUDE=32 BUMPCLOUDS=1 SHOWDATE=0 XCHIQ=0 XCUSER= XPLANETCLOUDS=0 XCPASS= NBMC=1
    10/10/2011 09:12:23 # DEBUG output | file: /home/gilles/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    10/10/2011 09:12:23 # DEBUG xplanetflags | -longitude 12 -latitude 32 -geometry 1280×800 -center +640+400 -radius 53 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    10/10/2011 09:12:23 # DEBUG xplanetflagscorona | -longitude 12 -latitude 32 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    10/10/2011 09:12:23 # DEBUG xplanetflagsclouds | -longitude 12 -latitude 32 -geometry 1280×800 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0 -radius 53

    10/10/2011 09:12:23 ###### xplanetFX 2.3.6 starting render cycle ######
    10/10/2011 09:12:23 final image @ /home/gilles/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 location @ lon 12 / lat 32
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 screen size @ 1280×800 | center @ +640+400 | radius @ 53
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 0 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 using NASA Blue Marble Collection
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 # DEBUG positions 1 | x0: +640 | y0: +400
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 # DEBUG positions 2 | centerx: +640 | centery: +400 | cropx: +6 | cropy: +4
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 # DEBUG geometry | width: 1280 | height: 800 | geometry: 1280×800
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 # DEBUG blurfactor: 1.07070707070707070705
    10/10/2011 09:12:24 inspecting cloud map…
    10/10/2011 09:12:25 clouds image is up-to-date.
    10/10/2011 09:12:25 done.
    10/10/2011 09:12:25 preparing NASA Blue Marble Collection maps…
    10/10/2011 09:12:25 done.
    10/10/2011 09:12:25 Rendering hi-quality stars on background…
    10/10/2011 09:12:28 # DEBUG starblur 1: 2.14141414141414141410
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (+clone).
    10/10/2011 09:12:29 # DEBUG starblur 2: 5.35353535353535353525
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (-composite).
    10/10/2011 09:12:30 done.
    10/10/2011 09:12:30 creating corona on background…
    10/10/2011 09:12:30 # DEBUG corona: 1.017 | coronablur: 10.88909090909090909069 | coronasize: 862 | coronaradiant: 431
    10/10/2011 09:12:30 # DEBUG coronaadd: 22 | coronarep: 906 | coronaposx: +187 | coronaposy: -53
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (+repage).
    10/10/2011 09:12:39 done.
    10/10/2011 09:12:39 rendering image via xplanet…
    10/10/2011 09:13:03 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:03 creating different renderings with clouds…
    10/10/2011 09:13:29 # DEBUG cloudscale: 101.00
    convert convert: Unrecognized image filter (Welsh).
    convert convert: Unable to open file (() [Aucun fichier ou dossier de ce type].
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (-composite).
    10/10/2011 09:13:41 # DEBUG shadowblur: 3.21212121212121212114
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (-composite).
    10/10/2011 09:13:42 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:42 compositing clouds with final image…
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (-composite).
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (-composite).
    10/10/2011 09:13:42 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:43 creating atmosphere…
    10/10/2011 09:13:43 # DEBUG atmosphere | atmoblur: 42.82828282828282828200 | atmosize: 848 | atmoradiant: 424
    10/10/2011 09:13:43 # DEBUG atmoposx: +216 | atmoposy: -24 | atmomask: 403
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (+clone).
    10/10/2011 09:13:51 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:51 rendering post production…
    10/10/2011 09:13:51 # DEBUG postblur: 21.41414141414141414100
    convert convert: Unrecognized option (+clone).
    10/10/2011 09:13:52 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:52 updating background for GNOME environment…
    10/10/2011 09:13:52 using gconftool-2 as backend
    10/10/2011 09:13:53 using gsettings as backend
    10/10/2011 09:13:53 done.
    10/10/2011 09:13:53 next update: 09:53:52 10/10/2011

  353. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    the problem is simply that your imagemagick is completely outdated. You need at least vesion 6 to get xplanetFX running. Since I don’t know which OS you’re using I can’t give you a hint about.

    Using pastebins is totally simple: When you open the page there’s a big text entry field. Paste your stuff in there and hit the “submit” button (you don’t need to enter anything else, have an account or whatever). Then there appears a link you can share. Just for the future..

    Cheers, markus.

  354. Phyllinux

    Clouds are back !
    I upgraded Imagemagick, and everything is good now !
    Thanks a lot.
    How did you notice that my version was outdated ? With the remarks of unrecognized options ?

  355. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    you’re welcome! Yes, the unrecognized options sent me on the right scent.

    Cheers, markus.

  356. Phyllinux

    Hey Markus,

    Thanks a lot for your accurate advice.
    Everything runs fine now. I also upgraded my XplanetFX on my desktop (including BMNG collection of course).

    Cheers.

    Phyllinux

  357. Maaike

    Hello Markus,

    xplanetFX (2.3.6) is not working on my desktop. The gui starts, says everything is ok, but nothing shows up on my desktop background.

    xplanet is showing up if I start it, but I would like to use xplanetFX.

    I’m using archlinux with lxde (with standard openbox). Any idea why it doesn’t work or how to find out why?

    Latest log:
    10/11/11 16:25:34 ###### xplanetFX 2.3.6 starting render cycle ######
    10/11/11 16:25:34 final image @ /home/maaike/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    10/11/11 16:25:34 location @ lon 6 / lat 52
    10/11/11 16:25:34 screen size @ 2560×1024 | center @ +1280+512 | radius @ 33
    10/11/11 16:25:34 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    10/11/11 16:25:34 using NASA Blue Marble Collection
    10/11/11 16:25:34 inspecting cloud map…
    10/11/11 16:25:34 clouds image is up-to-date.
    10/11/11 16:25:34 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:34 preparing NASA Blue Marble Collection maps…
    10/11/11 16:25:34 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:34 Rendering hi-quality stars on background…
    10/11/11 16:25:37 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:37 creating corona on background…
    10/11/11 16:25:38 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:38 rendering image via xplanet…
    10/11/11 16:25:40 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:40 creating different renderings with clouds…
    10/11/11 16:25:44 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:44 compositing clouds with final image…
    10/11/11 16:25:46 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:46 creating atmosphere…
    10/11/11 16:25:48 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:48 creating specular image…
    10/11/11 16:25:53 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:53 rendering post production…
    10/11/11 16:25:55 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:55 updating background for snafu environment…
    10/11/11 16:25:55 done.
    10/11/11 16:25:55 next update: 16:45:55 10/11/11

    Kind regards,

    Maaike

  358. Maaike

    Hmm, maybe something is wrong with imagemagick or so, because when starting now I get an error:

    10/11/11 16:54:53 compositing clouds with final image…
    convert: IDAT: CRC error `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/MagickPNGErrorHandler/1728.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3695.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3016.
    convert: IDAT: CRC error `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/MagickPNGErrorHandler/1728.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3695.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3016.
    10/11/11 16:54:53 done.
    10/11/11 16:54:53 creating atmosphere…
    convert: IDAT: CRC error `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/MagickPNGErrorHandler/1728.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3695.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3016.
    10/11/11 16:54:54 done.
    10/11/11 16:54:54 creating specular image…
    convert: IDAT: CRC error `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/MagickPNGErrorHandler/1728.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3695.
    convert: missing an image filename `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3016.
    10/11/11 16:54:57 done.
    10/11/11 16:54:57 rendering post production…
    convert: IDAT: CRC error `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/MagickPNGErrorHandler/1728.
    convert: corrupt image `/home/maaike/.xplanetFX/cache/final.png’ @ error/png.c/ReadPNGImage/3695.
    convert: image sequence is required `+clone’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/926.
    10/11/11 16:54:57 done.
    10/11/11 16:54:57 next update: 17:14:57 10/11/11

    I tried xplanetFX with icewm, kde, enlightenment, but they all don’t work. So it should be something else than the window manager. But I don’t understand above errors. I have ImageMagick 6.7.3-0.

  359. Markus

    Hey Maaike,

    thank you very much for the detailed reports!

    The problem in the second post could be a result of a canceled rendering process so perhaps we shouldn’t concentrate on it at first. To test that please remove everything except “background.png” and “overlay.png” from ~/.xplanetFX/cache and everything from ~/.xplanetFX/output and I think it will work afterwards.

    There should be an output in ~/.xplanetFX/output after a render cycle.

    The main problem seems to be the one mentioned in your first comment – your desktop environment doesn’t switch the wallpaper. That has nothing to do with your window manager – it ist only responsible for rendering windows – not desktops or wallpapers.

    KDE environment has its problems since 4.3, there are some workarounds until they add the ability to switch wallpapers by shell or script (dcop) again.

    The important information in the log is:

    10/11/11 16:25:55 updating background for snafu environment…

    which means that xplanetFX doesn’t find any helper to switch your wallpaper at all. The description on this page states the following options:

    “Seamless wallpaper change in GNOME, FLUXBOX, KDE < 4.3, XFCE and XFCE4, Fluxbox and feh wallpaper changer” (oh there’s an error – Fluxbox is mentioned twice ^^)

    So you need at least one of those environments or programs (feh) installed to use xplanetFX. If there is an option to switch wallpapers on your desktop environment by script please let me know and I will implement it, extending opportunities is always a good thing .)

    Cheers, markus.

  360. Tony Themelis

    Hi,

    I’m trying to install on xubuntu 11.10. Everything seems to be fine – the daemon is running, no errors are reported – but the desktop has not changed, it remains the xfce default background. I’m hoping someone can help me debug what I’m doing wrong. I know in Ubuntu you used to have to use config-editor to remove Nautilus from managing the desktop. Is there something similar that needs to be done in xubuntu?

    Thank you,

    Tony.

  361. Markus

    Hey Tony,

    I just released 2.4.0 which uses xfconf as a backend for XFCE >= 4.6. I’ve tested it in a pure Xubuntu 11.10, so hopefully your problems are history with this version.

    Cheers, markus.

  362. vagrale13

    Hi Markus again!
    I fix some position and translation words, here http://ubuntuone.com/6slY7wtRMXHocmHoVZeAGV
    :)

  363. Markus

    Hey vagrale13,

    wow, in time like the firefighters! Thank you very much again for your restless commitment!
    In the middle of the development of the 2.4.0 everything was reset to the last 2.3 version due to a really idiotic thing I did – and I forgot to redo your changes to the greek language file you commited weeks before :/ *damn* I’m really sorry for that. To not fuck things up again I will do an exclusive release of this language file now.

    Cheers. markus.

  364. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » ImageMagick support f***ing rocks!!1

    [...] the ImageMagick devs/supporters/community. I had a mind-breaking problem with a requested style [1, 2] for the eschaton template I needed a solution for. And I think just reading my support request [...]

  365. Flav

    Hi,

    I’m here to provide a fix for the cut atmosphere bug :D
    (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/bildschirmfotonp.png)

    This fix extend the atmosphere.png layer before the “blue ellipse”
    atmosphere effect. Without this, the blue ellipse is cut.
    Thereof minor positions corrections in atmosphere layers are made.

    You can find them here : http://pastebin.com/kuP6L5bb

    It works well on Debian testing with the latest version of xplanetFX
    and imagemagick 6.6.9.7-5-b1 (debian testing version).

    Before and after pics:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/440/xplanetfx2before.png
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/24/xplanetfx2after.png

    Regards
    Flav

  366. Markus

    Hey Flav!

    Oh wow – thank you very much for debugging xplanetFX! I really appreciate your contribution a lot, but I’m very sorry to say that unfortunately the result doesn’t look like the atmosphere layer was meant :/ I uploaded an atmosphere layer here (better seen with a black layer underneath). I’ve never seen this bug before on my systems (Ubuntu up to 11.04 and Debian 5/6 stable) so I’m a) not aware of the problem and b) unable to fix it until I find a system which produces it.

    As you can see on the exported layer the atmosphere doesn’t reach over the edge of the earth because it would change the impression of the corona in that area. It only gives a blueish touch to the earth directly. It seems that on your system the masking doesn’t work that well and the atmosphere is blurred outside of the earths area, too. Then it is cut hard on the edges of the layer which looks really ugly. But normally it shouldn’t get blurred in that part of the layer.

    I have lots of stuff to do on this weekend (finally we’re starting a new CreativeCommons-production of JAMMIN*INC on friday night until sunday) but next week I want to setup my notebook with a new Debian 6 Weezy – perhaps I will see that bug then, too and can start debugging. Or… you are faster ^^ which I would never demand nor press.

    So again, thank you very much for writing a patch and even reporting the problem!

    Cheers, markus.

  367. Flav

    Hi Markus,

    Thanks for your answer!

    I forget to precise it : I run it on a 64bits system, with Xplanet 1.2.1.
    And on my old computer (Ubuntu 10.04 64bits) I already have this bug.
    It was too reported at the comment #875. I think you are lucky :)

    Without the fix, my atmosphere (from the /cache folder) layer look like this (at 13h) :
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/337/atmosphere.png

    Probably the bug come from there, this layer is not correctly generated on my system…

    I hope that you can reproduce this bug because I don’t have more time to
    understand how xplanet works and I’m happy about the result of my fix :P

    Herzliche Grüße ^^
    Flav

  368. Markus

    Hey Flav,

    thanks a lot for posting the versions used, that’s essential for finding this bug.

    It would be really helpful if you could insert the following line of code into line 2112 of the unmodified xplanetFX version and upload the generated result to imageshack (line 2119 in yours but that’s completely different from the original version):

    -write $HOME/atmosphere.png \

    It’s the line after “-composite \” and before “\) \”

    That’s the layer which gets composited with the earth, the one you uploaded is generated by xplanet and is used as a base to generate the effect layer from.

    Would be totally nice, thank you very much in advance

    Gruetzi, markus .)

  369. Flav

    Here is the atmosphere.png created (at 16h30, swiss time) :
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/856/atmosphere.png

    It seem ok… and the atmosphere is still “cutted”!

    And with the fix i get the same, but with transparent borders :
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/myatmosphere.png

    But this is not the layer who is applied… :(

  370. Markus

    Erm… I’m confused ^^

    Despite everything – thanks a bunch for helping me with this problem! As I said – there’s no time left this weekend for digging into it – since I had to do this special Halloween xplanetFX template thing in the nights between the production of the new JAMMIN*INC tracks.. But hopefully next week I am able to take a look at it.

    Cheers, markus.

  371. Markus

    Hey Flav,

    I didn’t have had the time to install my new Debian by now but I took a closer look in the creation process of the atmosphere layer. It was really untidy with some useless calculations and clonings so I cleaned it up. It produces exactly the same result as before on my system and chances are good that the error (loosing essential alpha information on some point of the process) on other systems may be fixed with these changes, too.

    So it would be totally cool if you could test this version on your system before I release it into the wild:

    http://pastebin.com/eyzhjZr7

    Thanks a lot for helping in fixing this bug, cheers, markus.

  372. Flav

    Hey Markus,

    Yeah it works perfectly :D

    Here is an example (with 10-30-50-5 parameters and no specular) :
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/6/finalkf.png

    Thanks you too for all your work on xplanetFX ;)

    Best regards,
    Flav

  373. Markus

    Hey Flav,

    thank you a bunch for the report, the reply and testing of the changes – 2.4.2 was just released.

    Cheers, markus.

  374. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » xplanetFX 2.4.2: Bug on some ImageMagick’s with atmosphere

    [...] Thanks a lot to Flav for the report and his help! [...]

  375. Gaurav

    Thank you for creating this amazing program. There is only one gripe with it, the license is completely ambiguous, very similar to the original artistic license. I wrote to the FSF regarding this and got this:

    I’d say this falls into the same category as the original artistic
    license — too clever/amusing for us to say one way or another. Read
    literally, I could find reasons to say it is not free, but clearly it is
    not intended to be read literally.

    If it matters to you, perhaps the author would be willing to
    dual-license with WTFPL :).
    http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/COPYING

    So I’ll humbly request you to please dual license or relicense(as you may wish to) under a license which the not so deviant people like us could read literally and onsider it free software.

    Thank you very much for your time
    Gaurav Pareek
    http://grvrulz.deviantart.com

  376. Markus

    Hey Gaurav,

    I would really love to know which part in the F4A could let one think that this software isn’t free as free beer ^^

    However, the WTFPL sounds cool, too, so I decided to go the smooth way of just dual-licensing the program.

    Hope this is free enough now, cheers, markus.

  377. J. Esteban

    Hello.

    Trouble solved. May be of interest for you and/or your users.

    I’ve installed recently xplanetFX and found that xfce4 desktop didn’t refreshed the wallpaper
    thought xplanetFX correctly generated the images and the showed up fine when I manually
    instructed xfce4 desktop to change the wallpaper image.

    Today I finally found time to investigate the reason and found that /usr/bin/xplanetFX uses
    one of two methods to make xfce4 refresh the image depending on xfce4 version being pre-4.6
    or 4.6, opting for the wrong one in my case.

    The reason was an existing empty ~/.config/xfce4/mcs_settings/desktop.xml,
    probably remaining from previous xfce4 versions running on the machine. Once removed,
    problem solved: using xfconf as backend.

    … my 2 cents for you to let us enjoy your great work.

  378. Markus

    Hey J.,

    thank you very much for your comment! I will copy your solution to the known issues section until I found a way to fix it in the software. I think this could save a lot of headache and time fo some of the xfce/xplanetFX users.

    Big up! Markus.

  379. chris

    Hallo Markus

    Ich habe nun dein Projekt auf meiner Fc16 Maschiene wieder am laufen. Es läuft perfekt, bis auf eine kleine Nebensache.

    Wenn ich im Tab “Ansicht” meinen Aufenthaltsort in der Karte einrichten will bzw speichere muss ich extrem rechts wählen (fast in Japan) um Europa zu sehen.

    Nach einem reboot allerdings zeigt mir der Screen Amerika. Wie ich dieses Problem lösen könnte is mir persönlich ein Rätsel, aber ev hast Du eine Möglichkeit.

    Mfg

    Chris

  380. chris

    Zum besseren Verständnis:

    Screen 1: http://www.fast-files.com/getfile.aspx?file=50885
    Screen 2: http://www.fast-files.com/getfile.aspx?file=50886

  381. Markus

    Hey Chris,

    Du hast den Orbit aktiviert, damit folgst Du der Sonne. Ist im Manual oben gut beschrieben.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  382. chris

    lol manch einer kann aber allleine kaum so doof sein :D

    Vielen Dank

  383. vagrale13

    Hi Markus again!
    Here the Greek translation of version 2.4.5 http://ubuntuone.com/3fR1IZMPWp5NWaMxvuP93Q

    Merry Christmass! :)

  384. Картинки на любой вкус и все бесплатно

    Картинки на любой вкус и все бесплатно…

    [...]mein neues blog » xplanetFX – HQ earth wallpapers[...]…

  385. High Quality Wallpapers

    Some tremendous wallpapers here. I love to see our planet on my desktop…Thank you!

  386. Brad Laue

    Hey,

    My compliments on a great application – I use it under Arch Linux and it easily solves my problem of having to find an imaginative wallpaper for each desktop. :-)

    I notice that on my Gentoo system the clouds don’t properly render. I’m using:

    – The latest rolling release of Gentoo
    – ImageMagick 6.7.5 (perl support is enabled, also tried 6.7.4.10)
    – xplanet 1.2.2
    – libwww-perl 6.30.0
    – pygtk 2.24.0-r2
    – xplanetFX 2.4.5

    All tested aspects of the application work perfectly except that the clouds don’t render on the globe. They fetch from the web and are also mapped onto the globe in black and white in an intermediate stage of the process, but the final image doesn’t include them and I can’t figure out why for the life of me.

    In the hopes that it will be helpful, I’ve zipped the contents of my ~/.xplanetFX/cache folder for your perusal: http://www.brad-x.com/Public/xplanetfx_cache.zip

    I’m quite curious as to why this is. Do let me know if there is any other info I can provide!

  387. Markus

    Hey Brad,

    thank you very much for your compliments and the bug report – especially the zip – it helps a lot this time I think. There are some questions left atm so please could you provide the output of xplanetFX run in a terminal (simply type xplanetFX, let it run and cancel with ^C), perhaps upped on dropbox.com or comparable – that would be of great help.

    Thank you in advance, cheers, markus.

  388. Dustin

    Ubuntu 11.04 on acer aspire xplanetfx issue
    Ok here it goes xplanetfx is awesome and was working fine untill I restarted my comp and now the wallpaper is white and blue type of blur effect I can’t open xplanetfx at all I cam change wallpaper but cannot open the program to see if I did something all I did was moved the world over a lil bit then saved and it refreshed the bat on my comp was going dead so I shut it down to charge. Also I’m abrod away from wifi and Internet so I cant uninstall and reinstall at the moment if that’s what I need to do to fix it no prob but I like the program and if it happens again I would like to know how to fix it. I’m also running screenlets such as clock system monitor weather Ect. I’m also running compiz cube and other compiz effects. Idk I may have to much going on but it hasn’t been an issue I also tried opening xplanetfx in terminal and nothing happens. Please if you have any info email me ASAP also I heard something about a new version true or false of true I’d like to get that so a link would be awesome. Other then that if you need anymore answers feel free to ask thank you for this amazing program I would like to get it up and running again on my comp :)

  389. Wieland

    Grüße,

    erstmal gratuliere ich, dass du mich dazu gebracht hast, seit mehr als einem Jahr mal wieder ein Wallpaper zu setzen ;)

    Zweitens, wäre super, wenn die Option “–render-single” auch dokumentiert werden könnte, ich dachte, “–single” macht das, was eigentlich “–render-single” macht.

    Drittens, mit dem nvidia-Treiber von nvidia selber funktioniert die Auflösungserkennung nicht so wirklich, weil kein xrandr und überhaupt irgendwie! Drum hab ich mir einfach ein Skript geschrieben, was “–render-single” benutzt, einfach als cronjob nutzen: klick.

  390. Markus

    Hey Dustin,

    a good hint for finding your problem could be the output of “xplanetFX” executed in a terminal. You can also try to rename the folder ~/.xplanetFX to something like ~/.xplanetFX.bak, then xplanetFX will reset every user data to default. If it works you can copy your themes to the new folder and may try this with your config file, too.

    Cheers, Markus.

    Hey Wieland,

    –render-single ist eher für interne Zwecke gedacht und wird von –single mit einem hohen nice-Wert aufgerufen, nachdem ein eventuell laufendes xplanetFX gestoppt wurde. Daher ist das eigentlich eher nicht zur dokumentierten Verwendung gedacht.

    Dein nvidia-Treiber hat mit der Auflösung, xrandr und Deinem Wunschergebnis eher wenig zu tun. xplanetFX rendert nur ein Bild, was Du möchtest, sind aber offensichtlich zwei verschiedene Bilder in unterschiedlichen Auflösungen. Das kann xplanetFX nicht ootb, da muss ein Script für her. xrandr wird nur benutzt, um der Konfiguration von xplanetFX zu verraten, welche Auflösung Dein Display gerade hat. Das wird gespeichert und von da ab verwendet, es erfolgt keine “on the fly”-Auflösungserkennung.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  391. Anielius

    Hello,
    I translate 2.4.5 in Lithuanian language.
    I upload it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?rkrk6et9b88nmou

    Good Luck and Thank You!

  392. Markus

    Hey Anielius,

    wow, that’s totally awesome! Thank you very much for your contribution! It is released as 2.4.6 now with your credits.

    Cheers, Markus.

  393. Mathieu

    Hello,
    Sorry for my english (I’m french)…

    Installation worker properly but GUI does not start.
    Error message in terminal :

    (xplanetFX_gtk:6268): Gtk-WARNING **: Impossible de trouver le moteur de thème dans module_path : « pixmap »
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 4251, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 159, in __init__
    ["locale", "language"], -1)
    ImportError: No module named lt

    PC : Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity

    Thank you for your response

    Math

  394. Markus

    Hey Mathieu,

    seems I screwed up some file permissions of the new language file *oops* sorry for that! 2.4.7 is uploading right now, hope it fixes the problem.

    Thank you very much for the bug report, cheers, Markus.

  395. Ayale

    Hello,
    I Have the same problem (and I speak very bad english, I’m french too)
    The GUI doesn’t start, in terminal I have:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 4251, in
    xplanetFXWindow = GUI()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 159, in __init__
    ["locale", "language"], -1)
    ImportError: No module named lt

    My PC is on Ubuntu LTS

    Thank for your help

  396. Ayale

    Nice, I update xplanet and gui work correctly, thanks

  397. Markus

    Hey Ayale,

    you’re welcome!

    Cheers, Markus.

  398. Mathieu

    Nice, gui work correctly, thank you very much

  399. Markus

    Hey Mathieu,

    my pleasure and good to hear that!

    Greetings, Markus.

  400. Joshua Rich

    Hi Markus,

    Thanks for creating and maintaining xplanetFX. With regards to the comment on 31. January 2012 00:41 by Brad Laue, I’m having the exact same issue, also on Gentoo with the following program versions:

    – ImageMagick 6.7.5.3
    – xplanet 1.2.2
    – libwww-perl 6.30.0
    – pygtk 2.24.0
    – xplanetFX 2.4.5 (and subsequent versions)

    The problem seems to come from around line 2048 in the main xplanetFX script, in the code-block starting with the comment “cut moon from clouds”.

    I’ve uploaded a pastebin of running “xplanetFX –debug” at http://pastebin.com/ATaAf4aP if that will help. Removing my ~/.xplanetFX directory doesn’t seem to make a difference.

    Thanks and regards,

    Joshua Rich

  401. OliFre

    Hallo,

    auch ich bin superglücklich mit xplanetFX auf meinem Gentoo ;).
    Seit dem Update auf ImageMagick 6.7.5.3 habe ich aber das gleiche Problem wie Brad oben, es scheint also an der ImageMagick-Version zu liegen. Auf den ersten Blick sieht clouds_shadows.png irgendwie defekt aus.
    Der Mond ist ebenfalls mit einer grauen Fläche abgedeckt.
    Die Ausgabe von “xplanetFX –debug” im Terminal habe ich auf pastebin hochgeladen:
    http://pastebin.com/VNvZ0Xt7
    Falls ich sonst noch irgendwie helfen kann, einfach melden, wäre schön, wenn das Ergebnis wieder perfekt ist (bald kommt ein Colorimeter ins Haus ;) ). Vielleicht lässt sich das Problem ja auch bei anderen Linuxen mit neuem ImageMagick reproduzieren.
    Danke nochmal für das tolle Programm :).

  402. Markus

    Hey Joshua,

    thanks a lot for your compliments :) This bug seems serious as you are the second one experiencing it. I have to investigate it but I need to set up a testing environment first so it may take a couple of days since I’m in the middle of the final stage of new FOSS (Calf studio gear) and a CC album atm. I’ll see what I can do about it. Oh and thank you very much for the debug output!

    Cheers, Markus.

    Hey Oli,

    vielen Dank für Dein Lob :) Und vor allem für den Debug-Output. Scheint tatsächlich ein ernstes Problem zu sein und nicht die von mir vermuteten defekten Bilddateien. Da ich gerade mitten im finalen Prozess vor der Release des neuen Calf-Paketes und eines neuen CC-Albums von Jammin bin, könnte sich das etwas ziehen, ich sehe zu.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  403. Sebastian

    Hallo Markus,

    auch ich habe mir in den letzten Tagen dein Programm unter Gentoo installiert. Es ist wirklich großartig aber wie auch alle anderen habe ich keine Wolken. Das ist wirklich schade, aber du hast ja vor das zu fixen.

    Bei mir gibt es allerdings noch ein anderes Problem: Ich sehe den Mond nie bzw. seh ich ihn aber er ist immer nur ein schwarzer Fleck. Ich hab eben mal einen Debug durchlaufen lassen und dort müsste der Mond eigentlich gut zu sehen sein, da ich die Position auf die Sonne gelegt habe. Aber auch da ist er nur Schwarz. Fehlt mir eine Textur?

    hier ist mein Debug:

    http://pastebin.com/PRLK8y13

    Viele Grüße,
    Sebastian

  404. Sebastian

    Achso, was ich noch erwähnen wollte. Da die anderen geschrieben hatten das Imagemagick in der Version 6.7.5.3 Probleme macht, hab ich einen Downgrade auf die Version 6.7.5.0 gemacht und hab dort ist das gleiche Problem mit den Wolken und dem Mond. Falls es etwas bringt könnte ich die anderen im Portage befindlichen Versionen mal durchtesten. Es sind aktuell folgende Versionen im Tree: 6.7.1.0, 6.7.4.8, 6.7.4.10, 6.7.5.0 & 6.7.5.3

    Viele Grüße,
    Sebastian

  405. Markus

    Hey Sebastian,

    vielen Dank auch an Dich für den ausführlichen Bugreport und das Lob! Hab’ mich aufgrund der häufigen Anfragen dann doch gleich mal dran gesetzt und siehe da: die Jungs haben ImageMagick verbastelt. Wie auch immer, jetzt gibt es zwei Schritte mehr im Renderprozess, was aber nicht wirklich zu merken sein sollte.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  406. vagrale13

    Hi Markus!
    Here the Greek translation of version 2.4.9 http://ubuntuone.com/4V7MhBfd6xNa2h35oBqxwp

  407. Sebastian

    Hallo Markus,

    hab mir eben die aktuelle Version gezogen (2.4.9) und auch Imagemagick wieder auf den aktuellen stand gebracht. Wolken sind da und auch der Mond ist perfekt! Es sieht echt toll aus! Danke! :)

    Viele Grüße,
    Sebastian

  408. Markus

    Hey vagrale13,

    very nice – thank you very much indeed!

    Cheers, Markus.

    Hey Sebastian,

    großartig, das freut mich zu hören!

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  409. OliFre

    Hallo Markus,

    danke danke danke! Auch an Sebastian für das weitere Debugging!
    Ich habe nochmal nachgeschaut, die Vor-Version von imageMagick war 6.7.1.0, da ging es noch mit 2.4.8. Von imageMagick sind derzeit 6.7.1.0 und 6.7.5.3 im Stable-Branch von Gentoo verfügbar, der Bug kam also irgendwo dazwischen rein.
    Hauptsache alles geht wieder! Da gestern auch das Colorimeter kam, sieht es jetzt wirklich perfekt aus.

    Danke, und schöne Karnevalstage! :)

  410. Markus

    Hey Oli,

    ja prima, freut mich, dass es auch bei Dir wieder rennt!

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  411. Thopter

    I’m having some difficulty with the night-earth image. I don’t know where it’s getting the night-earth image, but it’s not the one in the NBMC folder, the folder for the template in use, nor any other xplanetfx folders. Every single night-earth image in the xplanetfx folder hierarchy has city lights, but the night side of the final rendered earth image has no city lights at all. What’s going on, and how can I get the proper image back in place?

  412. Thopter

    Interesting. My comment got deleted. Here it is again, just in case it was only a glitch.

    I’m having some difficulty with the night-earth image. I don’t know where it’s getting the night-earth image, but it’s not the one in the NBMC folder, the folder for the template in use, nor any other xplanetfx folders. Every single night-earth image in the xplanetfx folder hierarchy has city lights, but the night side of the final rendered earth image has no city lights at all. What’s going on, and how can I get the proper image back in place?

    Ubuntu 11.10 Gnome Shell
    xplanetfx 2.4.10
    Starmap Black with NASA Blue Marble Collection

  413. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    it wasn’t deleted, I just haven’t had the time to work on it by now. This is no McDonalds drive-in where you can come by, don’t bother to say hello and getting served in seconds.

    Cheers, Markus.

  414. Thopter

    Sorry about that, no offense intended. I stopped by to see if there had been a reply yet, only to find my comment not showing up at all, no matter if I refreshed the page nor restarted the browser. On my end it did appear as if the comment had been removed somehow, which is why I reposted the comment.

  415. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    1) Please post the output of running “xplanetFX –debug” to a pastebin service
    2) What does line 24 or 25 of ~/.xplanetFX/config/xplanet-final say (night_map=…)
    3) What does this image located in ~/.xplanetFX/base show?

    Cheers, Markus.

  416. Thopter

    Markus:

    1: http://pastebin.com/J9qadknM

    2: That file is empty.

    3: There is an earth-night.jpg in that folder. It does have city lights.

    I also checked /usr/share/xplanetFX/. /usr/share/xplanetFX/config/xplanet-final says on line 24:
    night_map=base/earth_night.jpg

    That image in /usr/share/xplanetFX/base also has city lights, but is darker than the one in ~/.xplanetFX/base.

  417. Markus

    Hey Thopter,

    seems you have destroyed the xplanet configuration file for the final image somehow. You can restore it by re-installing the template (which would destroy custom changes you made outside of the UI) or copy it from the templates folder in ~/.xplanetFX. The stuff in /usr/share/xplanetFX isn’t used in the rendering process, it is copied on the first use to the users folder.

    Cheers, Markus.

  418. Hannibal

    Hi vielen Dank für die Arbeit die Du und Deine co-worker hingelegt haben. Die Lizenzvereinbarung werde ich selbstverstaendlich buchstabengetreu einhalten ;) viva F4A

  419. Markus

    Hey Hannibal,

    vielen Dank! Und viel Spaß bei der Umsetzung der F4A ^^

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  420. Hannibal

    Hey Markus,

    da ich mich an Deinem Werk nicht sattsehen kann habe ich eine kleine software review für Full Circle Magazine geschrieben um auch anderen die goodies zu geben.

    Vor zwei Stunden bekam ich eine mail vom Editor Ronnie Tucker dass die review in einer zukünftigen Ausgabe erscheinen soll.

    Ich finde dass moeglichst viele von Deiner tollen Arbeit erfahren sollen und hoffe, es ist in Deinem Sinne.

    Nochmal vielen Dank

    Hannibal

  421. Markus

    Hey Hannibal,

    oh wow unglaublich – vielen, vielen Dank, Mann! :) Freut mich tierisch, dass Du Dich so sehr dafür begeistern kannst.

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  422. Crow

    Hi.

    I’m using Arch and XFCE, just installed your program via the AUR (http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=43649). It appears that everything works fine after “xplanetFX –setup” except for the autostart script and the gui.

    If I manually add the link in the XFCE startup section, it works ok.

    Regarding the GUI, an icon appears in my X menu but doesn’t do anything. Running “xplanetFX –gui” in a terminal displays the error below.

    Finally, is there a way to use other-than orthographic projections? Perhaps once the GUI is working for me this will be answered, but I’m curious regardless.

    $ xplanetFX –gui
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_gtk”, line 18, in
    import gobject
    ImportError: No module named gobject

  423. Markus

    Hey Crow,

    thank you very much for the bug report. The autostart problem is fixed in 2.4.12. For using the UI you need to have pythons gobject installed, seems there are some dependencies missing in arch. Would be nice if you could mention it to the arch maintainers. There are no other views available than a photorealistic earth because that’s the intended use of xplanetFX. For other projections you could use xplanet itself.

    Cheers, markus.

  424. Crow

    Thank you for the quick response! I’ll post the info on the AUR.

  425. Clèm

    Hi,

    I’m using xplanetFX 2.4.12 on Ubuntu 12.04 (but the problem was already here in the 10.04), with GNOME (panel and shell). Every 30 seconds, I’ve got two unexcepted notifications saying “xplanetFX Wallpaper renewed in 30 seconds.”, the other one “xplanetFX Renewal of wallpaper…” send by notify-send. But in the software, in the settings panel, the box “Notification Notify GNOME Users with OSD (needs libnotify” is not check.

    How could I stop this ?
    Thank you,
    Clèm

  426. Markus

    Hey Clèm,

    thank you very much for the bug report. To take a closer look I need to know a little more about your configuration, so if you please could edit the executable to throw some debug information it would be really helpful.

    sudo gedit /usr/bin/xplanetFX

    and change line 8 to

    DEBUG=1

    save and execute “xplanetFX” in a terminal once. When the rendering process is finished please paste the complete output to a pastebin of your choice (e.g. pastebin.com) and post me the link. After that you can change the DEBUG setting back to 0.

    Thank you very much in advance, cheers, markus.

  427. Clèm

    It’s
    gksudo gedit /usr/bin/xplanetFX
    because gedit is a graphic software ;)

    I made a mistake, it was every 20minutes, not 30 seconds, I recived the notifications, ie each times the wallpaper is reloaded.

    After check then uncheck the box, reload the service, the notifications do not appear anymore.
    Here the log with the notifications enable :
    http://pastebin.com/hmMikqYn

    If the issue comes back, I’ll post a message here with the log.

  428. slotto

    Having trouble with the download -keeps timing out

  429. Markus

    Proxy? Ports blocked? No problem here.

  430. slotto

    I’ve opened 9000 but still no luck. I picked it up from http://xtrabuntu.blogspot.com

  431. UNIX » XplanetFX планета Земля на рабочем столе

    [...] Оф.Сайт : http://mein-neues-blog.de/xplanetFX/ [...]

  432. SyBorg

    Thanks for this wonderful program, I’ve been using vanilla xplanet (with few scripts to download clouds) for a long time, but this is a really amazing implementation.

    I think it would be also nice to
    – display other astral bodies
    – eventually add markers like cities, quakes & similar

    Is it possible by changing template files?

  433. Markus

    Hey SyBorg,

    thank you very much for your estimation! According to your suggestions, xplanetFX is optimized to show our mothership with clouds, reflections, atmosphere and stuff so implementing other bodies would render 90% of the code unusable. This is achieved with a pure xplanet in a better way. And xplanetFX is meant to create a mostly photorealistic view of the earth which excludes markers and other “disturbing” extras.

    Perhaps it could be achieved by using the scriptable features of the new template engine (there’s no tutorial around by now – never had the time to create one), don’t really know because I never worried about markers and similar :/

    Sorry that there are no better news, cheers, markus.

  434. SyBorg

    My alter-hackish ego did not want to listen… shame on him

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/xplanetdx.png/

    Thanks anyway, I’ll stick with your version ;)

  435. Markus

    Hehe yes that’s the fun part in open source software .)

  436. La tierra en tiempo real en tu escritorio (linux) | Compartir Libre

    [...] http://mein-neues-blog.de/xplanetfx/ [...]

  437. Steve

    Hi Markus,

    I’m currently on Arch Linux, using xplanetFX 2.5.1. Due to Arch moving from initscripts to systemd, “pidof” is not available on systemd Arch systems. I’ve therefore created a patch, which changes the use of “pidof” in xplanetFX, with a pid file stored in the $USERDIR. The changes should be compatible will all distros. I was hoping you merge the patch into your codebase :)

    Patch: http://pastebin.com/xBg9Kngb

    Thanks,
    Steve

  438. Markus

    Hey Steve,

    wow that’s fuckin awesome! Thanks a lot, I’ll implement it today and release it later with credits for your work! I just browsed your code and it seems to me that it should work everywhere.

    Again, thank you very much, I really appreciate your contribution, cheers, markus.

    EDIT: Oh and you’re right about the DNS – didn’t pay the bills – to much FOSS and not enough occupation ,)

  439. Steve

    Thanks Markus. Keep up the good work. :)

  440. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » Gusto: KDM, Ksplash and xplanetFX

    [...] xplanetFX theme is available in the UI or on the website for manual installation and the KDM and Ksplash themes can be downloaded [...]

  441. BitJunkie

    Hi Markus,
    Great software. I love it. I can’t believe I haven’t found it before now.

    The only problem I have is with the tray icon (rendering and display work fine). I get the following error:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_tray”, line 180, in
    xplanetFXTrayIcon = TrayIcon()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_tray”, line 91, in __init__
    self.set_language()
    File “/usr/share/xplanetFX/xplanetFX_tray”, line 163, in set_language
    self.lang = tmp.dictionary()
    AttributeError: ‘module’ object has no attribute ‘dictionary’

    I’m running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit Unity and Python 2.7.3. Any ideas? It’s not a big deal, but this is the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t work for me.

  442. Markus

    Hey BitJunkie,

    thank you very much for your estimation about this program – I really appreciate it.

    About your problem: could you please paste the output of

    cat ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf

    to pastebin.com and give the link to me? And you could try to manually set a language in the user interface. But it would be nice if you could take the config snapshot first, please. Oh and I assume you’re using 2.5.4?

    Thanks a lot for the bug report, cheers, Markus.

  443. BitJunkie

    Hi Markus,
    The LANGUAGE variable was blank in the .conf file, even though I made sure English was selected in the UI and I clicked save. I changed to Spanish, saved, and then back to English and saved again and now LANGUAGE is set properly. And the tray icon is working. So, problem solved. BTW, I am using version 2.5.3, I didn’t know 2.5.4 was the latest!

    Thanks for your help and thanks for the great work!

  444. Markus

    Hey BitJunkie,

    nice to hear that things are working! AFAIR the problem was fixed in 2.5.4 so I worried about the functionality in the wild. And you’re welcome .)

    Cheers, Markus.

  445. ubuntu linux La tierra en tiempo real en tu es

    [...] http://mein-neues-blog.de/xplanetfx/ [...]

  446. Mike

    Hello,
    I want to congratulate you for this application beautiful, I hope you would continue to surprise us. thank you
    I have hands I hope to find a solution to a problem that affects the launch XplanetFX he appears in the error report “xplanetFx_gtk crashed with ValueError in on_togglebuttondate_toggled (): invalid literal for int () with base 10: ‘y’ ”
    I do find any answer on the internet and I’d still be able to use your application because I find it great so I can contact you. I Thank You in advance for your answer.
    thank you
    cordially

  447. Markus

    Hey Mike,

    thank you very much for your estimation.

    It’s a bit hard to guess about the rest of the error message and/or the version of xplanetFX and stuff like that. But seems you edited your config files manually and have something like “SHOWORBIT = y” in there? This value has to be an integer of 0 or 1.

    Cheers, Markus.

  448. Mike

    Hello Markus ,

    To start I would like to thank you for your quick response, and I’m sorry for the delay I work at night so it was a bit complicated.

    I am a beginner in ubuntu and I do not know how to copy all the error report because I can not copy and I do not know why when I run in a terminal xplanetfx the window that closes instantaneously.
    For the change in the file manually I do not think the problem is the (true I touch the file. Conf but I check and I saw no error what is really strange) because it stop working after my second launch 10 minutes apart knowing that I have 30 minutes before installing this is what frustrates me because I have not seen the GUI once . For info I am on ubuntu 12.04 (precise) 32-bit, GNOME 3.4.2. I totally dumped. I apologize for wasting your time with this kind of problem

    Ps: “” SHOWORBIT = y “in there? Has to be This value year integer of 0 or 1.”
    I check it is set to 0 and it does not work.

  449. Mike

    Excuse me i forget give you my version of XplanetFX is 2.5.4 .

  450. Markus

    Hey Mike,

    the easy way could be to completely remove the hidden folder .xplanetFX in your home directory. This will reset everything like when the software was installed for the first time. You can first test what happens when you just rename the folder. To do so:

    * Open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)
    * Type “mv ~/.xplanetFX ~/.xplanetFX.bak” (do it the Linux way just for learning purposes: mark everything between the quotes, this will throw it into an internal clipboard. Open the terminal and hit your mouse wheel [middle mouse button click so to say] to put the content of this special clipboard there)
    * Hit enter

    Removing it completely is done like this:
    * Open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)
    * Type “rm -r ~/.xplanetFX” and hit Enter

    Afterwards you (re)moved this folder the xplanetFX GUI should start again.

    The hard way (if you have settings you don’t want to loose or themes you don’t want to download/install again):

    #1 Let me see the the error messages in complete:
    * Open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)
    * Type “xplanetFX –gui” and hit enter
    * When it crashes mark the whole output you can see in the terminal window, right click and choose “Copy”
    * Visit http://pastebin.com/
    * Rightclik in the big text field on top and choose “Paste”
    * Hit the big “submit” button on the bottom of the page
    * Give the resulting web address to me

    #2 Let me see your actual configuration:
    * Open the file /home/mike/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf with a text editor (double-click it in file the browser)
    * Press Ctrl + A (select all), then Ctrl + C (copy to clipboard)
    * Visit http://pastebin.com/
    * Rightclik in the big text field on top and choose “Paste”
    * Hit the big “submit” button on the bottom of the page
    * Give the resulting web address to me

    #3 If there’s some problem with the daemon (not the user interface but the part of the program which runs in the background and renders the images):

    * Open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)
    * Type “xplanetFX –debug” and hit Enter
    * When the render process is done paste the output like in #1 and give the link to me

    #4 Be patient
    * Wait until I took a look at your stuff ,)

    Cheers, Markus.

    P.S. A waste of time is that this software doesn’t run out-of-the-box for you. Wasting time would mean I don’t have any – but the reality is: I have something I would call a LIFE – not slavery, hamster wheel or something like that! :)

  451. mike

    Hello Marcus,
    I think I have no chance because all the commands you have given me presently does not have any she returns the same error “command not found” then what should work normally (maybe you need it I formats as being beginner on linux I test a lot of things on this installation) that can come from but I Isolate the subject I apologize. I see why this is the net command does not work with me and try again if I can not find anything you tell me what you think (even if it is not immediately serious is not there no loss of life), but I confess that I am a little drop is being used OS competitor.

    Ps: yes it is what I tell you I express myself badly, we all have a life and it is important to share things that’s why, do not worry I have the temp need I do not recognize the press I made ​​you hold me to help and I am willing to wait without problem thank you again to you ..

  452. mike

    Hi Markus,
    I think the best thing is that I start over on a base linux sound formats and then I intend to retry the installation after xplanetFX I’ll keep you informed of the progress it will be better for everyone I think … I will let you know if change there, thank you very much see you soon …

  453. Markus

    Hey Mike,

    perhaps that maybe the best solution, even if you tested things until they’re kind of broken .)

    If there are more problems with a fresh install fell free to ask for help here – and you’re welcome.

    Cheers, Markus.

  454. Mike

    Hi Markus,
    I just inform you of the progress of the test after full format ubuntu. XplaneteFX works great I can finally use all the capabilities of the GUI without any problem, and I maintain what I said on my , this app it perfect good job and good luck to you … ;-)
    Thank you very much for your help.
    cordially

  455. Markus

    Hey Mike,

    thanks a lot for your note! And you’re welcome!

    Cheers, Markus.

  456. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » xplanetFX: Theme Special “Halloween”

    [...] It’s time to re-release the yearly special for your xplanetFX desktop – a halloween theme. Get it in your xplanetFX user interface or fetch it from the themes section on the website. [...]

  457. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,
    I’ve been using XPlanetFX since the first version.
    For Ubuntu 12.10, I made a full and clean install, and I had to install XPlanetFX (v 2.5.5) after.
    It is the first time that I have a problem with your soft :
    It works fine, everything is functional, except the night image : For the night part of earth, I have only a dark image of earth, instead of the normal picture of earth with the lights of main populated areas.
    I checked in ~/.xplanetFX/NBMC, I have the night.jpg file, and also in ~/.xplantFX/base, I have the earth_night.jpg file.
    What could be wrong ?
    Thanks for your help.

  458. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    please do

    sudo apt-get install pastebinit
    sudo sed -i "s/^DEBUG=0$/DEBUG=1/" /usr/bin/xplanetFX
    xplanetFX --render-single /dev/null > /tmp/xplanetFXdebug
    sudo sed -i "s/^DEBUG=1$/DEBUG=0/" /usr/bin/xplanetFX
    cat ~/.xplanetFX/config/* >> /tmp/xplanetFXdebug
    pastebinit  /tmp/xplanetFXdebug
    rm  /tmp/xplanetFXdebug

    and post the URL that was created by the next to last command.

    Cheers, Markus.

  459. Phyllinux

    Thanks for your help Markus.
    Here is the requested URL :
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/1331704/

  460. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    please use the user interface to re-activate your default template (double click or mark and activate with the button below). Seems one of your config files got MIA somehow.

    Hopefully this will fix things. If not please repeat the steps in the last post afterwards.

    Cheers, Markus.

  461. Phyllinux

    Yes, it works fine !
    Lights are switched on ! And the night map is no more MIA !
    Thanks a lot

  462. Markus

    Hey Phyllinux,

    you’re welcome, cheers, markus.

  463. Steve

    Markus,

    NASA just released there new “Black Marble” product which you may be interested in:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NPP/news/earth-at-night.html


    Steve

  464. Markus

    Hey Steve,

    thanks a lot for the information! I updated the nigh map delivered with the default theme of xplanetFX and I inserted the new link for the download procedure of the NASA Blue Marble installation inside xplanetFX.

    Cheers, Markus.

  465. Ryan

    sed isn’t properly handling directories in xplanetFX –setup. For instance, try entering ‘/some/path/to/script.sh’ for ‘Script to execute after xplanetFX has rendered the image: ‘. See line 1629 of xplanetFX:

    sed -i -r “s/^SCRIPT = .*/SCRIPT = $SCR/” $CONFIGFILE

    When a directory name is given and contains ‘/’, sed does not know what to do with it. One quick fix is to pipe $SCR through a quick sed command which escapes all the necessary characters:

    SCR=`echo $SCR | sed ‘s!\([]\*\$\/&[]\)!\\\1!g’`;

  466. Markus

    Hey Ryan,

    thanks a lot for investigating this bug! I just implemented your suggestion everywhere a file name is expected and upped it as version 2.5.10.

    Cheers, markus.

  467. Franc

    Hello,

    Before christmas, I had no problem with the earth image (and thank you for the program, it’s fantastic). But, in the beginning of this year when I log again to my computer (the computer was on all the time), the image has changed for a simpliest one. The textures are less real (I can send print screen if needed).

    I updated to the latest version which didn’t change anything and I don’t see any error during the update and the rendering of the image.

    I’m using openSuse 12.2 with Gnome Shell.

    I have another question: The clounds seems not to change during the day. Is it usual?

    Best regards,

    Franc

  468. Markus

    Hey Franc,

    thanks for your appreciation. Unfortunately there’s nothing I can make out of “simpliest one” and “less real” so sending me a screenshot is essential in this case. Perhaps it could be useful to start the program in the terminal like this: “xplanetFX –debug” (double minus) and pastebin the output for me. Thanks in advance.

    About the clouds – please refer to these two posts:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/09/03/clouds-service-for-xplanetxplanetfx-gone-commercial/
    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/09/15/xplanetfx-2-2-26-clouds-again/

    Cheers, markus.

  469. Franc

    Thank you for the quick answer. I don’t know how to send you a scrrenshot but I paste the result of the debug command below.

    simu@simu:~> xplanetFX –debug

    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG Distribution: NAME=openSUSE VERSION=”12.2 (Mantis)” VERSION_ID=”12.2″ PRETTY_NAME=”openSUSE 12.2 (Mantis) (x86_64)” ID=opensuse ANSI_COLOR=”0;32″ CPE_NAME=”cpe:/o:opensuse:opensuse:12.2″ openSUSE 12.2 (x86_64) VERSION = 12.2 CODENAME = Mantis
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG ImageMagick: Version: ImageMagick 6.7.6-9 2012-05-16 Q16 http://www.imagemagick.org Copyright: Copyright (C) 1999-2012 ImageMagick Studio LLC Features: OpenMP
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG config /home/simu/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf | pregrid=0 coronablur=5 atmosphere=1 logging=1 stars=0 overlay=0 prescript= xchiq=0 orbit=-60 longitude=0 delay=1200 searchmapurl=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ bumpclouds=1 cloudfactor=1.01 autostart=60 output= date=0 post=1 notify=0 gmt=1 themeview=ICONS center=+960+600 language= script= geometry=1920×1200 tray=0 xcuser= corona=1.03 showorbit=1 xplanetclouds=0 specular=1 batstate=0 template=default latitude=0 radius=32 xcpass= nbmc=0 showdate=0 LOGGING=1 CENTER=+787+477 LANGUAGE= OVERLAY=0 GEOMETRY=1280×1024 AUTOSTART=60 LONGITUDE=5 DELAY=1200 SPECULAR=0 BUMPCLOUDS=1 CLOUDFACTOR=1.01 TEMPLATE=default STYLE=default LATITUDE=20 POST=1 RADIUS=42 CORONA=1.03 CORONABLUR=5 GMT=+1 DATE=1355184000 SHOWDATE=0 OUTPUT= SCRIPT= PRESCRIPT= ORBIT=-50 SHOWORBIT=1 THEMEVIEW=ICONS SEARCHMAPURL=http://www.informationfreeway.org/ STARS=7 PREGRID=0 ATMOSPHERE=1 XPLANETCLOUDS=0 XCHIQ=0 XCUSER= XCPASS= NBMC=1 NOTIFY=0 TRAY=0 BATSTATE=0
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG output | file: /home/simu/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG rotating view | hour: 13 | min: 42 | add: 25.49999999999999999880 | lon: 30 | lat: 20
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG xplanetflags | -longitude 30 -latitude 20 -geometry 1280×1024 -center +787+477 -radius 42 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG xplanetflagscorona | -longitude 30 -latitude 20 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG xplanetflagsclouds | -longitude 30 -latitude 20 -geometry 1280×1024 -num_times 1 -starfreq 0 -starmap false -glare 0 -radius 42
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 ###### xplanetFX starting render cycle ######
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 final image @ /home/simu/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 location @ lon 30 / lat 20
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 screen size @ 1280×1024 | center @ +787+477 | radius @ 42
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 0 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 using NASA Blue Marble Collection
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG positions 1 | x0: +787 | y0: +477
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG positions 2 | centerx: +787 | centery: +477 | cropx: +8 | cropy: +5
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG geometry | width: 1280 | height: 1024 | geometry: 1280×1024
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 # DEBUG blurfactor: 1.08606060606060606059
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 inspecting cloud map…
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 clouds image is up-to-date.
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 preparing NASA Blue Marble Collection maps…
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:34 Rendering hi-quality stars on background…
    08/01/2013 13:42:35 # DEBUG starblur 1: 2.17212121212121212118
    08/01/2013 13:42:35 # DEBUG starblur 2: 5.43030303030303030295
    08/01/2013 13:42:36 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:36 creating corona on background…
    08/01/2013 13:42:36 # DEBUG corona: 1.03 | coronablur: 5.59321212121212121203 | coronasize: 886 | coronaradiant: 443
    08/01/2013 13:42:36 # DEBUG coronaadd: 11 | coronarep: 908 | coronaposx: +333 | coronaposy: +23
    08/01/2013 13:42:38 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:38 rendering image via xplanet…
    08/01/2013 13:42:39 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:39 creating different renderings with clouds…
    08/01/2013 13:42:42 # DEBUG cloudscale: 101.00
    08/01/2013 13:42:43 # DEBUG shadowblur: 3.25818181818181818176
    08/01/2013 13:42:43 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:43 compositing clouds with final image…
    08/01/2013 13:42:45 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:45 creating atmosphere…
    08/01/2013 13:42:45 # DEBUG atmosphere | atmoblur: 43.44242424242424242360 | atmosize: 860 | atmoradiant: 430
    08/01/2013 13:42:45 # DEBUG atmoposx: +357 | atmoposy: +47 | atmomask: 409
    08/01/2013 13:42:47 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:47 rendering post production…
    08/01/2013 13:42:47 # DEBUG postblur: 21.72121212121212121180
    08/01/2013 13:42:49 done.
    08/01/2013 13:42:49 updating background for GNOME environment…
    08/01/2013 13:42:49 using gconftool-2 as backend
    08/01/2013 13:42:49 using gsettings as backend
    08/01/2013 13:42:49 done.

    Franc

  470. Markus

    Hey Franc,

    thanks for the debug output – nothing unusual here. So I need a screenshot to at least give any statement. There are lots of free hosting services or picture uploader like flickr, picasa, megaupload, whatever.

    Cheers, markus.

  471. Franc

    Sorry, I worked from my computer but I forget that I give the authentification a few minutes before. Here are other links (is it possible to delete the previous post?)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92064926@N08/8361660296/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92064926@N08/8360596939/in/photostream

    Franc

  472. Markus

    Hey Franc,

    > possible to delete the previous post

    shurely, done. The first image looks as it should with NBMC, the second seems to be restricted, unfortunately I can’t see it (it asks for logging in).

    Btw. I just remember a bug I’ve seen once or twice without the chance to reproduce it anywhere. When it hits the resulting image looks a bit “comic” like – overpowered colours with less depth and reduced gradients. The fix was to simply re-activate the actual theme by double-clicking it in the themes list (the taken action should be displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the window). A hint to see if it’s broken this way is an empty (0 Bytes) config file in ~/.xplanetFX/config

    Cheers, markus.

  473. Franc

    Ok, I double-click on the theme and it is ok now. Thanks for the tip.

    But for me the first picture on my precedent post doesn’t looks like with the NBMC. The night part of the globe was all black (without lights). But it is ok now.

    Thank you

    Franc

  474. Steffen

    Ich hab eben ein Update auf die aktuellste Version gemacht. Wirklich großartig! Die neuen NASA Maps sind super. Danke fürs einbinden! :)

    Eigentlich fehlt jetzt nur noch die Anzeige der ISS und ein paar der bekannteren Satelliten. ;)

  475. SyBorg

    Hello :)

    Today chromium on linux blocked my from visiting your page cause it says “it may contain malware”. How on earth can this be? (appropriate commenti I think ;) )

    You can have more details here: http://bit.ly/VadMPb

    Cheers

  476. Markus

    Hey SyBorg,

    thanks a lot for pointing this out! Thopter mentioned it, too and here’s my first reaction to this:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2013/02/10/yay-mein-neues-blog-de-finally-goes-fucking-evil1/

    So again, thank you very much, cheers, markus.

  477. Technoplex » Animated Wallpapers

    [...] the solar system and sets them as wallpapers. If you are into space you’ll want to install xplanetFX. It’s a GUI for xplanet and it makes setting your desired planetary view much [...]

  478. Steve

    Hi, I am a huge n00b when it comes to ubuntu and I am trying to set this program up to work. However whenever I install it it just shows a white box for a second in the center of the screen and then closes. Any clue as to what I am doing wrong?

  479. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Steve,

    please start the program in a terminal by typing “xplanetFX –gui” (double minus sign) and hitting enter. In case of errors there should be some messages I should know about for giving support. Also the installed version and the version of your operating system could be helpful.

    Cheers, Markus.

  480. Steve

    Hi, running that code worked but now when I try and execute I just get

    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM ###### xplanetFX starting render cycle ######
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM final image @ /home/mvgs-7/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM location @ lon 0 / lat 0
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +944+588 | radius @ 33
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM inspecting cloud map…
    04/08/2013 02:27:11 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg

    and then nothing else happens it just stalls

  481. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Steve,

    fetching clouds images from the Coral network may take some time, you should be a little patient at that point. No chance to speed things up since no one is willing to host this stuff.

    Cheers, markus.

  482. Steve

    Thanks Markus,

    is there any way to have the program not fetch clouds? For some reason on my it says the network failed and it retries all 10 times to no avail.

  483. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Steve,

    as I mentioned, it is a big problem having clouds images distributed to all users. So the last choice of the provider (Hari) was to distribute them over Coral. This network is everything between unreachable and well-connected – depending on your actual location, solar altitude and other esoteric stuff ^^ E.g. in France there are less problems, here in Germany it depends. Perhaps you are in a part of the world where it is kind of unreachable. This network thing shouldn’t bother you that much. It tries to do its best and if there are no clouds available atm it automatically takes the latest downloaded clouds image. If there never was a successful download (it even checks the image graphically if the download was corrupt) xplanetFX takes a nice looking clouds formation delivered with the software to have some clouds at least.

    So normally there’s no need to disable this feature, it works if possible and should have enough fall-backs if not.

    Cheers, Markus.

  484. alt

    debian system:

    W: GPG error: http://repository.mein-neues-blog.de:9000 Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG A37A9205504C2C21 Markus Schmidt (Hier könnte Ihre Werbung stehen!)

    anyone ?

  485. Markus Schmidt

    Hey alt,

    read more here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2013/05/17/repository-gpg-key-issues/

    Should be up and running again, thanks for mentioning the problem.

    Cheers, Markus.

  486. k3lt01

    Hi

    I have just installed this on Debian Wheezy running MATE 1.6 using the deb package from your site and it can’t find MATE 1.6 so it won’t run on my desktop. Are there any plans to trst this on MATE?

    Cheers

  487. Markus Schmidt

    Hey K3lt01,

    2.5.11 is uploading right now. The changes are just vague speculations because I have no mate installed atm. So it would be nice if you could test them and see what’s happening with this version in Mate.

    Cheers, markus.

  488. k3lt01

    Hi Markus

    Downlaoded and installed but not working and I think I know why. Check the output below
    “18/05/13 10:50:46 xplanetFX was (re)started.

    18/05/13 10:50:46 ###### xplanetFX starting render cycle ######
    18/05/13 10:50:46 final image @ /home/uluru/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png
    18/05/13 10:50:46 location @ lon 0 / lat 0
    18/05/13 10:50:46 screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 32
    18/05/13 10:50:46 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    18/05/13 10:50:46 inspecting cloud map…
    18/05/13 10:50:46 no clouds image found, using default
    18/05/13 10:50:46 fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    18/05/13 10:50:53 No problems occurred.
    18/05/13 10:50:53 Verifying image data…
    18/05/13 10:50:53 Image “clouds.tmp.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.
    18/05/13 10:50:53 done.
    18/05/13 10:50:53 preparing theme maps…
    18/05/13 10:50:53 done.
    18/05/13 10:50:54 creating corona on background…
    18/05/13 10:50:56 done.
    18/05/13 10:50:56 rendering image via xplanet…
    18/05/13 10:51:01 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:01 creating different renderings with clouds…
    18/05/13 10:51:10 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:10 compositing clouds with final image…
    18/05/13 10:51:13 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:13 creating atmosphere…
    18/05/13 10:51:19 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:19 creating specular image…
    18/05/13 10:51:26 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:26 rendering post production…
    18/05/13 10:51:32 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:32 updating background for snafu environment…
    18/05/13 10:51:32 done.
    18/05/13 10:51:32 next update: 11:11:32 18/05/13
    18/05/13 10:52:43 xplanetFX was stopped.
    18/05/13 19:23:54 xplanetFX was (re)started.

    18/05/13 19:23:54 ###### xplanetFX starting render cycle ######
    18/05/13 19:23:55 final image @ /home/uluru/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    18/05/13 19:23:55 location @ lon 151 / lat -33
    18/05/13 19:23:55 screen size @ 1920×1200 | center @ +960+600 | radius @ 32
    18/05/13 19:23:55 special f/x @ clouds: 1 | specular: 1 | post: 1 | atmosphere: 1
    18/05/13 19:23:55 inspecting cloud map…
    18/05/13 19:23:55 clouds image is up-to-date.
    18/05/13 19:23:55 done.
    18/05/13 19:23:55 preparing theme maps…
    18/05/13 19:23:55 done.
    18/05/13 19:23:55 creating corona on background…
    18/05/13 19:23:57 done.
    18/05/13 19:23:57 rendering image via xplanet…
    18/05/13 19:24:02 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:02 creating different renderings with clouds…
    18/05/13 19:24:12 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:12 compositing clouds with final image…
    18/05/13 19:24:15 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:15 creating atmosphere…
    18/05/13 19:24:20 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:20 creating specular image…
    18/05/13 19:24:27 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:27 rendering post production…
    18/05/13 19:24:33 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:33 updating background for MATE environment…
    18/05/13 19:24:33 using mateconftool-2 as backend
    18/05/13 19:24:33 done.
    18/05/13 19:24:33 next update: 19:44:33 18/05/13″

    See at the end it refers to mateconftool-2, as of MATE 1.6 mateconf2 is no longer used, instead gsettings is the new settings tool adjusted via dconf-editor.

  489. Markus Schmidt

    Hey K3lt01,

    thanks for the information. So 2.5.12 has better chances to work like expected.

    Cheers, Markus.

  490. k3lt01

    Hey Markus

    I think I have it working now. A bit of fiddling finding the gsettings key and locating the output picture for it but I now have a picture of the planet as my background and it is correctly indicating it is night in Australia. I will check it again tomorrow morning sometime to see if it is working as it should.

    Cheers.

  491. Markus Schmidt

    Hey k3lt01,

    there shouldn’t be any fiddling at all. So it would be great if you could explain what you’d change to get it working so I can implement this for everyone else, too.

    Thanks a lot in advance, cheers, Markus.

  492. k3lt01

    Hi Markus

    The gsettings key is located at org.mate.desktop.background > picture-filename.
    The output picture is located at /home/USERNAME/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX2.png You can use xplanetFX1.png if you want to.
    The default location of backgrounds in MATE is /usr/share/backgrounds/mate/desktop/PICTURENAME.jpg or png. I put all my personal background images in /usr/local/share/backgrounds/ but even then you have to locate them with the Appearance preferences GUI to add them.

    Cheers

  493. Markus Schmidt

    Hey k3lt01,

    thanks for the answer. The concept of xplanetFX is to create an image in the location mentioned by you ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX[n].png where [n] is 1 or 2. The reason for this is to have soft transitions between both images in different desktop environments so I don’t overwrite only one image but create two alternating ones.

    After creating the image xplanetFX calls the appropriate backend depending on the desktop environment to change the background to the newly created one. So there’s no need to change anything as long as xplanetFX is doing its job well.

    I took a look in the Mate-wiki and there are differences in what they say and what you wrote about the correct location of the background key in dconf. You said:

    org.mate.desktop.background picture-filename

    And the wiki states:

    org.mate.background picture-filename

    without “desktop” here: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/docs:gsettings#setting_key_values

    So it would be interesting which one is correct to change it in xplanetFX. Can you please test it in a terminal which one works correctly? That would be really cool!

    Then no one has to fiddle with anything under Mate desktop environment because xplanetFX switches wallpapers automatically.

    Thanks a lot in advance, cheers, Markus.

  494. k3lt01

    Hi Markus

    I haven’t looked at that part of the wiki until now but can tell you with absolute certainty, and the picture in the wiki itself is all the proof I need, that the actual text in the wiki is wrong. The location is org.mate.desktop.background > picture-filename and if you look at the picture you will see that I am correct.

    Considering the program uses the two pictures in alternating fashion what would I then use in the gsettings key? I can’t use both, or can I? gsettings is used in Gnome, and I am assuming other DEs as well, what do they use in the key?

    Cheers.

  495. Markus Schmidt

    Hey k3lt01,

    thanks for the answer. I changed it in the MATE-Wiki and fixed it in xplanetFX. So now there shouldn’t be any problem wit MATE at all.

    You don’t need to put anything in gsettings, xplanetFX is doing that for you. That’s the reason why you haven’t seen anything – because there was no handler for MATE desktop/mateconf/dconf and its special syntax (GNOME uses URI not absolute file paths like MATE). One only has to install xplanetFX and run it – it changes the wallpaper automatically if the desktop environment is known and if it was chosen on the “settings” tab in the user interface. You have encountered what happens if xplanetFX doesn’t know about the desktop environment and its handling of wallpapers – it can’t show its renderings. That is fixed now for MATE so don’t worry about gsettings anymore since xplanetFX is doing that for you.

    If everything is fine now you should see something like

    “changing background for MATE desktop environment…
    using gsettings as backend
    done.”

    in the logs and the wallpaper should change.

    Cheers, Markus.

  496. k3lt01

    Hi Markus.

    I did a total removal of xplanetFX and xplanet, reset my system to its defaults, downloaded the new deb file, installed it, and there is no change. I’m going to be very busy over the next 2 weeks, university assignments and exams, but when I am free I will do a clean install of Debian and MATE and let you know the outcome.

    Cheers.

  497. Scott

    Mint 14
    2.5.7
    started getting this view this morning, link to screenshot
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40568371/Screenshot%20from%202013-05-29%2012%3A36%3A57.jpg
    I deleted the cloud cache, refreshed, no change

    thanks,

    Scott

  498. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Scott,

    have the same view here, seems there went something wrong on Hari’s server while creating the tiles from the satellite images. Since it takes 24 hours until we get the free clouds images updated, we have to live with that until tomorrow.

    Cheers, markus.

  499. Tobias T.

    Wolken runterladen geht nicht mehr!

    OS: Arch-Linux + KDE
    xplanetFX 2.5.10

    jedesmal wenn ich versuche ein neues Bild generieren zu lassen kommt folgendes in xplanetFX und kein Bild wird generiert:
    “30.05.2013 13:09:27 using NASA Blue Marble Collection
    30.05.2013 13:09:27 inspecting cloud map…
    30.05.2013 13:09:27 fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    30.05.2013 13:09:27 Network failure.
    30.05.2013 13:09:27 trying again in 5 seconds… (1/10)
    30.05.2013 13:09:32 fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    30.05.2013 13:09:33 Network failure.
    30.05.2013 13:09:33 trying again in 5 seconds… (2/10)
    30.05.2013 13:09:38 fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    30.05.2013 13:09:38 Network failure.
    30.05.2013 13:09:38 trying again in 5 seconds… (3/10)”

    wenn ich die url manuell aufrufe werde ich zu http://xplanet.sourceforge.net.nyud.net:8080/clouds/tmp/201305300046.472107/clouds_2048.jpg
    umgeleitet und bekommen einen “Fehler 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): Die DNS-Adresse des Servers kann nicht aufgelöst werden.”

  500. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Tobias,

    hier geht alles super (über zwei verschiedene Netze), kann es sein, dass Dein DNS-Provider momentan ein Problem hat?

    Viele Grüße, Markus.

  501. Scott

    It doing it again. Just like the image I posted a few days ago.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40568371/Screenshot%20from%202013-05-29%2012%3A36%3A57.jpg

    Is it gonna be fixed?

    thanks,
    Scott

  502. Scott

    Well, not just like it, but close to the same effect, actually worse because it covers more of the globe.

  503. Scott

    Mint 14
    xplanet 2.5.7

    The picture says it all

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40568371/Screenshot%20from%202013-06-03%2017%3A44%3A05.png

    been happening for about a week now.

  504. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Scott,

    I start repeating myself. It is a problem with the server generating the clouds and has nothing to do with xplanetFX at all. This software just *uses* the generated images but doesn’t create them.

    Cheers, Markus.

  505. Scott

    Oooppss.. Sorry I misread your post.

    Who or where should I forward the problem too? I don’t know who Hari is?

    Scott

  506. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Scott,

    sorry for presuming Haris role, he is the developer of xplanet (the basic “render engine” of xplanetFX) and provides the clouds images. You can refer to some problems with this service here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/09/03/clouds-service-for-xplanetxplanetfx-gone-commercial/
    http://mein-neues-blog.de/2011/09/15/xplanetfx-2-2-26-clouds-again/

    So I don’t think there’s much we can do. The creation of the clouds depends on a couple of different (free) sources (that may be down or otherwise unreachable, hosting is expensive), and the correctly running graphics routine on his server. Clouds images have been problematic for years now because everyone wants them frequently – it’s a matter of Hobson’s choice by now.

    Cheers, Markus.

  507. Habi

    Hi Marcus, I’ve installed your XplanetFX many times on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) and it keeps doing the same weird behaviour: One day I find the nightlights texture is gone, also the moon dissappear and makes like a hole of clouds where it was supposed to be, and I think the earth texture it’s not exactly the same…
    So firsts times I thought I just messed it up, and just removed (purged) the packet and reinstalled… somehow it produces no effect, keeps the same weird state.
    Any help?

    By the way, this walpaper really rocks, and your web is fantastic, thank u for everything.

  508. Markus Schmidt

    hey Habi,

    thanks a lot for the bug report. I would like to know if it happens often? I think I’ve seen this error once or twice and wasn’t able to boil it down to the real problem. As long as I remember a re-activation of the current theme was able to bring everything back to normal operation. To do so open the UI and simply double-click on the actual theme or select it an hit the wide button below the theme selection (“Activate” or something like that).

    If that doesn’t help please inform me about it and I’ll send you a email adress where I would like to receive a screenshot and a log file to see what’s going wrong.

    Thanks in advance, cheers, Markus.

  509. KaMii

    I have been having the exact same problems as Tobias.

    07/21/2013 08:06:07 PM inspecting cloud map…
    07/21/2013 08:06:07 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:14 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:14 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (1/10)
    07/21/2013 08:06:19 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:25 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:25 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (2/10)
    07/21/2013 08:06:30 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:37 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:37 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (3/10)
    07/21/2013 08:06:42 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:45 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:45 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (4/10)
    07/21/2013 08:06:50 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:52 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:52 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (5/10)
    07/21/2013 08:06:57 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:06:59 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:06:59 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (6/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:04 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:09 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:09 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (7/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:14 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:17 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:17 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (8/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:22 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:25 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:25 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (9/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:30 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:32 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:32 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (10/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:37 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:50 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:50 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (11/10)
    07/21/2013 08:07:55 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:07:57 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:07:57 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (12/10)
    07/21/2013 08:08:02 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:08:05 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:08:05 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (13/10)
    07/21/2013 08:08:10 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:08:22 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:08:22 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (14/10)
    07/21/2013 08:08:27 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:08:29 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:08:29 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (15/10)
    07/21/2013 08:08:34 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:08:39 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:08:39 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (16/10)
    07/21/2013 08:08:44 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:08:56 PM No problems occurred.
    07/21/2013 08:08:56 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (17/10)
    07/21/2013 08:09:01 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg

    This goes on for at least 40 tries before it works. I have had this problem for months and months. Not sure what is the real issue here.

  510. KaMii

    sorry… it did not all paste, just realized this. Here is the last bit of yet another run (with the ending output so you can see what is going on. I can confirm the file does infact download. I am wondering if the problem lies in the verify_clouds.pl script? Perhaps it is getting a false positive? Also, why is it retrying more than 10 times? When the script says to try only 10 time time?

    07/21/2013 08:34:47 PM trying again in 5 seconds… (23/10)
    07/21/2013 08:34:52 PM fetching clouds from http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM File I/O error.
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM tried 10 times with no luck, continuing with prior clouds image
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM preparing theme maps…
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:08 PM Rendering hi-quality stars on background…
    07/21/2013 08:35:10 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:10 PM creating corona on background…
    07/21/2013 08:35:11 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:11 PM rendering image via xplanet…
    07/21/2013 08:35:14 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:14 PM creating different renderings with clouds…
    07/21/2013 08:35:21 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:21 PM compositing clouds with final image…
    07/21/2013 08:35:22 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:22 PM creating atmosphere…
    07/21/2013 08:35:24 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:24 PM rendering post production…
    07/21/2013 08:35:26 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:26 PM updating background for XFCE environment…
    07/21/2013 08:35:26 PM using xfconf as backend
    07/21/2013 08:35:26 PM done.
    07/21/2013 08:35:26 PM next update: 08:55:26 PM 07/21/2013

  511. Markus Schmidt

    Hey KaMii,

    thanks for the bug report and sorry for the late reply.

    Could you please tell me what your operating system and desktop environment is? And it would be interesting if you could tell me what happens, if you open http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg in a browser – are you getting redirected? and the last information for now: what does the following command do?

    wget http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds/clouds_2048.jpg

  512. Jeremy

    Hello! Please forgive me if this is a noob question. I read the above comments and did not find the issue with which I am struggling.
    I’m having trouble installing xplanetFX via the rpm package. I have resolved all of the dependencies. When executing the command to install the package, I get this error:

    sudo rpm -Uhv xplanetFX.rpm
    Preparing… ################################# [100%]
    file / from install of xplanetfx-2.5.16-2.noarch conflicts with file from package filesystem-3.2-13.fc19.i686
    file /usr/bin from install of xplanetfx-2.5.16-2.noarch conflicts with file from package filesystem-3.2-13.fc19.i686

    I’m running a clean install of Fedora 19. Updates and a few programs from Fedora Utils is all that have been modified. Can you help??

  513. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Jeremy,

    no problem, even if it *would* be a noob question you are welcome to ask for help.

    The problem is: I don’t have any experience with RPM and the like. The package is generated from the deb via alien and was nothing more than a test. It seemed to work for the people so I went on providing it.

    After ixquicking around a bit I found that it could be a problem with the permissions. Fedora seems to have more restrictive folder permissions on /usr/bin than other distributions. That could be a reason why it complains. So:

    * please paste me the output of “ls -la /usr/bin” and “ls -la /”

    * You can get a more verbose output of rpm if you use “Uhvv” (double v), that could be interesting, too.

    * try installing with the –force method in rpm (double -)

    I fear I’m precious little help in this topic :/ but we should try it at least.

    Cheers, Markus.

  514. Jeremy

    Markus,

    Thank you for the quick response! Your suggestion worked; I am now up and running!! What a beautiful view!!!

    sudo rpm -UHv xplanetFX.rpm –force
    …was the trick!

    Schönen Dank,
    Jeremy

  515. Jeremy

    –force

  516. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Jeremy,

    wow that’s good news, makes me happy to hear that!

    Cheers, Markus.

  517. Gábor

    Hi!
    xplanetFX is a great GUI and tool for Xplanet. I’m using it for a while, but I’m missing the copyright and version informations as well as some acknowledgments from the GUI. If users see your software they cannot find out what it is. An “About” tab would be welcome…

    Another important thing: I made Hungarian translation for the current xplanetFX, but I’m not sure that your email address in the original language file is reachable. Please email me if you want to add it to your software package.

  518. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Gábor,

    thank you very much for your contribution to the FOSS community – I really appreciate your commitment!

    Please reply to this mail to send me the file, I’ll release it asap.

    I’m actually thinking about the about-dialog. Since there are exactly no copyright restrictions there’s nothing to talk about in this topic, xplanetFX is licensed under the WTFPL http://www.wtfpl.net/about/ . The version is mentioned in the splash screen and in the window title and a program description imho is a little misplaced in an about-dialog – that’s what the website or a description in a software-center or package-management is for. If you have other opinions feel free to convince me.

    So thanks a lot for the time and brain you spent in providing another language file for xplanetFX!

    Cheers, Markus.

  519. KaMii

    No redirects in browser, wget downloads just fine. I was about to just make my own script have it wget the file once a day, then have xplanet just grab that file off my server. (I have it grab a custom map file off my server because I did not like the default ones). What I am seeing is, it appears the file is not finished downloading when the check is being made, so it keeps retrying over and over and over. perhaps a wait command is required?

    Slackware 14.0 x86_64 with multilibs
    XFCE 4.10

  520. Markus Schmidt

    Hey KaMii,

    thanks for the informations. It seems there’s something wrong with your perl invocation or your perlmagick.

    The error with the unstoppable download retries after a broken or failed verification should be fixed and I added some more debug stuff in this section. 2.5.18 is uploading right now.

    Things to try:

    * add “DEBUG = 1″ to ~/.xplanetFX/xplanetFX.conf, run it and paste the log output of it (last tab of the UI)
    * alternatively run “xplanetFX –debug” (double minus) and paste the output
    * do a “cd ~/.xplanetFX/cache; cp clouds.jpg clouds.tmp.jpg; perl /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/verify_clouds.pl” and paste the output

    Do you have perl and perlmagick installed? An installed perl without perlmagick should show its complaints in the log even without debug mode enabled.

    Perhaps there’s a problem with pathes and/or cd in slackware, e.g. perl doesn’t recognize the working directory the bash script is invoked or has changed into. Problems like these should be hard to find without installing a slackware in a VM on my own for which I unfortunately don’t have the time atm.

    Cheers, Markus.

  521. bar

    Complete instructions to run xplanetFX on Apple OS X: http://blog.rajab.us/xplanet/thoughts/

  522. Markus Schmidt

    Hey bar,

    just: wow! I’ll publish it as a blog post right now.

    Thank you very much for figuring this one out! Cheers, Markus.

  523. mein neues blog » Blog Archiv » WT-fucking-F: xplanetFX on Mac OS X!

    […] joke. There is this guy, bar and there is his blog about xplanet on Mac OS X, and then there is his research about getting the […]

  524. bar

    Happy to help. Thank you, Markus! xplanetFX is a great addition to Xplanet.

  525. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,

    I began to use XPlanetFX with the very first versions.
    I had some troubles with it, but you always found the right solutions to solve them.
    Today, here is my problem :
    I use the latest version 2.5.18
    My OS is Xubuntu 13.04. Yesterday, I received update warnings, so I updated my system. These updates included XFCE wallpaper management. And now, I can’t get XPlanetFX wallpaper anymore.
    The program works correctly. I have the XPlanetFX.png file in ~/.xplanetFX/output that updates regularily.
    The choice in ‘parameters’ ‘output’ is XFCE, but nothing happens. I still have the Xubuntu wallpaper active instead of Xplanet picture…
    Any idea to solve this problem ?
    Thanks

  526. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    please post me the output of “xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop -lv”.

    Cheers, Markus.

  527. Phyllinux

    Here it is :
    phyllinux @ voyager-V5-171 ~
    └─ $ ▶ xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop -lv
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/brightness 0
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/color1 <>
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/color2 <>
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops/xubuntu-quantal.png
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-show true
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-style 4
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/last-image /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops/.wall/wall-3.jpg
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/last-single-image /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops/.wall/wall-3.jpg
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/saturation 1,000000
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor1/image-path /usr/share/xfce4/backdrops/xubuntu-quantal.png
    /backdrop/screen0/monitor1/image-show true
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace0/image-style 5
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace0/last-image /home/phyllinux/.xplanetFX/output/xplanetFX1.png
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace1/image-style 5
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace1/last-image /usr/share/backgrounds/xfce/wall-4.jpg
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace2/image-style 5
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace2/last-image /usr/share/backgrounds/xfce/wall-2.jpg
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace3/image-style 5
    /backdrop/screen0/monitorLVDS1/workspace3/last-image /usr/share/backgrounds/xfce/wall-3a.jpg
    /backdrop/single-workspace-mode false

    I have 4 workspaces, with one wallpaper for each, and XPlanetFX is the one for my workspace 1.
    I tried to force the path for the wallpaper, but, dependind the refreshment, the name of the file is either XplanetFX1.png or XplanetFX2.png… So, it is not good.

  528. Phyllinux

    Hi Markus,
    I found the origin of the problem. I will not be the only one concerned with this bug.
    In fact, it is due to the new desktop management of XFCE. With the package Xfdesktop 4.11.0, you can define one wallpaper different for each workspace, and you can choose an automatic change of these wallpapers.
    But, in the same time, xplanet doesn’t work properly anymore. Everything works fine, images are created, but XFCE doesn’t allow to use them through the GUI.
    One solution consists in defining the path in Xfdesktop management, but it is not optimal : In fact, when you launch your computer the wallpaper that is used is the last xplanetfx.png file. In the same time, xplanetfx is rendering a new image, but it is the previous saved image that is used as wallpaper.
    So, if you have a cycle of 20 mn for refreshing the Xplanet images, you can define, in xfdesktop settings, to change your image every 20 mn, but you will always have a gap of 20 minutes. You can only get the previous xplanet image, and not the new one. So if you stop your computer in the night, when you start it again, you will have a night earth image untill the xfdesktop manager changes it…
    So I found the origin, but I don’t know how to solve it !

  529. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    actually I’m reading the xfce sources and I have to setup a Xubuntu in a VM so please be patient until I’ll deploy an update.

    Cheers, Markus.

  530. Phyllinux

    Hey Markus,

    No problem, I’m not in a hurry.
    I just passed you the information concerning the origin of the trouble with the brand new Xfdesktop 4.11.0, It the beginning of the evolution for XFCE 4.12
    I’m sure that you’ll find the solution, one more time !
    I stay connected

    Cheers

  531. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    yes thanks a lot for the information, support in implementing new features and fixing bugs is really appreciated! The new XFCE features seem to make the wallpaper switch really complicated but I hope I will show up with a version satisfying all needs.

    Cheers, Markus.

  532. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    sems you have enabled some extra repositories to get multi monitor support via 4.11 packages of xfce. Could you please tell me which repository you have added to get your version of xfce?

    Thanks in advance and cheers, markus.

  533. Phyllinux

    I think that the involved repository is this one :
    http://ppa.launchpad.net/xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12/ubuntu
    Because it is the only ppa of my source.list dealing with Xubuntu development.

    The last packages that I downloaded were :
    xfce4-settings_4.11.1-0ubuntu1~ppa0.12.10.1_amd64
    xfdesktop4_4.11.0-0ubuntu1~ppa0.12.10.1_amd64
    xfdesktop4-data_4.11.0-0ubuntu1~ppa0.12.10.1_all
    xfdesktop4-dbg_4.11.0-0ubuntu1~ppa0.12.10.1_amd64
    xfwm4_4.11.0-0ubuntu1~ppa0.12.10.1_amd64

  534. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    thanks for the information. Please check 2.5.19. On the settings tab in the desktop environment selection row there is a new small button. It opens a settings dialog for XFCE 4.12 users. The same happens if you toggle the button on the right to XFCE 4.12. Hitting “OK” adopts the new settings, “Cancel” drops them. Please keep in mind to safe settings made in the popup afterwards.

    It is the first implementation of this feature so please report possible bugs in this comment section, thanks a lot in advance.

    Cheers, Markus.

  535. Phyllinux

    Hey Markus,

    Great job ! It works fine.
    I also have the feeling that the speed to update the image is now higher !
    2.5.19 is a great version

    Thanks a lot

    Phyllinux

  536. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    thanks a lot for your appreciation.

    It may be that you received an update for Imagemagick which may speed up the process a little.

    Cheers, Markus.

  537. KaMii

    Sorry this is so late, but I just now had a chance to look at this and I finally figured out the problem I was having. LWP::Simple is not a standard perl module, so I had to compile it myself with this command:

    FIRST: Let us check to see if it is installed
    perl -MLWP::Simple -e 1

    If you got an error message then it is not installed.

    SECOND: open a root shell and run this command
    perl -MCPAN -e’install “LWP::Simple”‘

    This will ask you some questions (READ IT) then it will download, compile, and install the module. To check to see if it works run this:
    cd ~/.xplanetFX/cache; cp clouds.jpg clouds.tmp.jpg; perl /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/verify_clouds.pl

    The output should say:
    Verifying image data…
    Image “clouds.tmp.jpg” – seems to be downloaded successfully.

    If not, go back and look through the steps above you may have missed something. Alternatively you can run these commands then re-run the perl /usr/share/xplanetFX/clouds/verify_clouds.pl command:
    use lib ‘/usr/local/module';
    use LWP::Simple;

    I hope this helps anyone who may be having these same issues.

  538. Markus Schmidt

    Hey KaMii,

    thank you very much for posting the fix for this problem! I added it to the Known Issues Section To keep it in a more prominent place for other Slackware users.

    Cheers, Markus.

  539. vagrale13

    Hi Markus again! :)
    Here the Greek translation of version 2.5.21 http://ubuntuone.com/0BUc24NCwscFhmaAkkge12
    The only problem i see, is that in my language, must be have more space for words e.g. settings menu (battery,notification,etc.). If you could do that, may be very useful.
    Also, i tested xplanetFX in “Ubuntu 14.04Lts Trusty Tahr i386 (development branch)” and works fine.

    P.S.
    Sorry for the delay.

  540. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Vagrale,

    no problem with the delay! And thank you very much for the updates, I released it yesterday along with the changes in the UI.

    Thanks a lot, cheers, Markus.

  541. Matthias

    Danke! :-)

    You made my day.

  542. Matthias

    Is there a way to adjust the intensity of the cloud-layer? On my MATE-desktop there are just a few visible — unlike in your own screenshots, Markus.

  543. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Matthias,

    no, there isn’t such an option. Normally the clouds should look like in the screenshots. It may be that in your distribution there’s an old and buggy imagemagick version in use – I once had this issue and filed a bug report about it. The only practicable solution is to install (or better compile) an actual imagemagick. Please note that just installing an actual imagemagick-package doesn’t fix the problem, the problem lies in libmagickwand or libmagickcore (don’t remember…).

    Cheers, Markus.

  544. bar

    Markus, what are the mandatory Xplanet configuration options xplanetFX requires. By default, Xplanet looks to build with support for Freetype, Pango, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PNM, and JPL CSPICE. I don’t think these are all required for xplanetFX.

  545. Markus Schmidt

    Hey bar,

    unfortunately I’m not able to give a profound answer to this question since xplanet is offered as a package in the repositories of all major Linux distributions. So I don’t know if xplanet compiles if you drop some of the requirements. All that I can say is that xplanetFX doesn’t use any text output from xplanet, so Freetype and Pango may be redundant. Also the support for GIF, JPEG, TIFF and PNM may be unneeded since xplanetFX always deals with PNG graphics in its backend. And last not least I don’t know enough about CSPICE to estimate its neccessity of it for xplanet.

    Sorry for those lowbrow answers, cheers, markus.

  546. bar

    No worries. I figured that PNG was the one that mattered most, and wanted to double-check. I’m working to make it even easier to use xplanetFX on OS X. Will update you shortly.

  547. Markus Schmidt

    Hey bar,

    you’re doing a very honorable job for the FOSS community.

    Cheers, Markus.

  548. Misty De Meo

    I have a feature request. Would it be possible to make the sed executable name configurable? Even if it’s just assigned to a variable, so that only one line needs to be edited, that would be convenient.

    In the Homebrew package manager for Mac OS X, we’re running into difficulties due to the differences between BSD and GNU sed. We have reports that xplanetFX only works with GNU sed, however the binary name `sed` is hardcoded. Homebrew provides GNU sed, but provides it under the binary name `gsed` in order to avoid conflicting with the OS-provided BSD sed. (Other non-Linux package managers install it with that same name.)

    If we could configure the name of sed (or if the sed behaviour were compatible with both BSD and GNU sed), it would be a lot easier to package xplanetFX.

    Thanks!

  549. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Misty,

    sorry for my late reply.

    Thanks a lot for the bug report. Please check xplanetFX 2.5.25 if it works as expected.

    Cheers, markus.

  550. bar

    Markus, Misty, thank you. Version 2.5.25’s check for gsed works perfectly.

  551. Daniel

    Hallo Markush,

    Thank you for this excellent work! A few comments:

    1) The NASA Blue Marble Collection is mentioned twice on this page, under GUI/Service and under Specials as a script. Is this the same thing? If so maybe the second one could be removed, or at least clarify it can be done in the GUI.

    2) The links to The Global Brain are broken, in English I found it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjjQTX9kmS8

    3) In the GUI I selected the File output method in Settings. Each time I restart the GUI that setting is forgotten and change to XFCE method (I actually use i3wm, and xplanetFX 2.5.30). Are you able to reproduce and ideally fix this bug?

    4) When using BUMPCLOUDS = 1, the clouds look much more discrete than with BUMPCLOUDS = 1. Is this expected?

    Sorry for the many unrelated points, I hope the feedback is useful, and thank you again for your work!

  552. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Daniel,

    thank you very much for the reports. The things on the website are fixed (NASA Blue Marble and the youtube links).

    3) I’m not able to reproduce this bug. To do this I have to install your environment. Could you please tell me more about your distribution and desktop environment (especially who’s responsible for drawing your desktop wallpaper)? Also the output of “xplanetFX –debug” pasted to any pastebin of your choice would be really helpful.

    4) Could you please paste some screenshots and make clear which setting you meant (you wrote BUMPCLOUDS = 1 for both cases)?

    Cheers, Markus.

  553. Matthias

    Moin Markus,

    I am just curious which application that might be, which you integrated at the right side of your desktop, nicely displaying the output of System, Disks, WLAN, Weather etc.?

    Like to try it myself, cheers ;-)

  554. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Matthias,

    that’s conky:

    http://conky.sourceforge.net/

    My old configuration (something like on the screenshots) is found here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/files/conky.zip

    and my actual one (with screenshot) here:

    http://mein-neues-blog.de/files/conky2.tar.gz

    Cheers, Markus.

  555. Matt

    Awesome work!
    There is just one observation: almost every system is already executing a daemon to schedule tasks (systemd, crond, etc…), so the preferred choice should be take advantage of this, without taking system resources and avoiding windows-like background tasks pollution. Your custom daemon is just a good fallback if there are no other schedulers.
    The –single argument is useful, but you could give better support for this scenario introducing something like:

    xplanetFX --update-single
    To render and update the background according to the current configuration and exit

    Or at least
    xplanetFX --render-single "path to file"
    that does not exit until the image file is actually ready to be set.

    By the way, regarding spaces in path, you could check if there is some internal calls like without quotes delimiting the output path.
    Also for every execution there is an annoying message like “which: no gsed in …”

    For those who are interested, here is how I managed to use xplanetFX with systemd in Manjaro 0.8.10 XFCE4
    The service script (~/bin/xplanetfx-update.sh)

    #!/bin/bash
    # use xplanetFX to create an updated earth planet image
    OUT_DIR=~/Pictures
    OUT_PFX=xplanetfx
    OUT_EXT=.png
    # this is the xfconf property for arch (I want to set the first desktop)
    PROP=/backdrop/screen0/monitorVGA1/workspace0/last-image

    # (0) Prepare output file name (note: xplanetFX has problems with spaces)
    START_TIME=$SECONDS
    OUT_SUF=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d_%H%M")
    OUT_IMG="${OUT_DIR}/${OUT_PFX}_${OUT_SUF}${OUT_EXT}"

    # (1) Clear previous image(s)
    # rm "~/.xplanetFX/output/*.{png,jpg}"
    # Delete old pictures
    find "$OUT_DIR" -maxdepth 1 -name "${OUT_PFX}*${OUT_EXT}" -mtime +1 -delete

    # (2) Render image (with xplanetFX)
    echo Rendering "$OUT_IMG"
    xplanetFX --single "$OUT_IMG"

    # ...and wait!
    # Unfortunately the previous call exists immediately
    # I can just check the output file
    echo Waiting...
    while [ ! -f "$OUT_IMG" ]
    do
    sleep 2s
    done
    echo Ok

    # (3) Set as wallpaper (XFCE4)
    # remove property: xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p $PROP -r
    xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p $PROP -n -t string -s "$OUT_IMG"
    # see properties: xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop -lv
    #xfdesktop --reload
    echo Done in $(($SECONDS - $START_TIME)) seconds

    The script to setup the service:

    #!/bin/bash
    # install a systemd service to be executed periodically
    # to update the desktop background wallpaper
    SVC_NAME=WallpaperUpdate
    SCR_PATH="~/bin/xplanetfx-update.sh"
    SYD_PATH=~/.config/systemd/user
    # instead of '/etc/systemd/system/user'

    # (1) Create service file
    cat > $SYD_PATH/$SVC_NAME.service < $SYD_PATH/$SVC_NAME.timer <<EOF
    [Unit]
    Description=post-boot and every 20min

    [Timer]
    # run one minute after boot time
    OnBootSec=1min
    # run every 20 min
    OnUnitActiveSec=20min

    [Install]
    WantedBy=timers.target
    EOF

    # (3) Start timer, also after boot
    systemctl --user enable $SVC_NAME.timer
    systemctl --user start $SVC_NAME.timer

    # Finally, check status and log
    systemctl --user status
    journalctl -xn --no-pager

  556. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Matt,

    thanks for your comment. I added an option –no-daemon which runs a single render and update cycle and exits afterwards. I don’t have the time to implement support for all the different cron dameons so if anyone is interested in using his own setup it’s possible now. All other users seemed to be fine with having my “windows-like” daemon sleeping in the background using a couple of kB of system memory.

    Cheers, markus.

  557. Phyllinux

    Hey Markus,

    I’m still using xplanetFX, and I realized that I had a bug from some weeks…
    The night pictures don’t use the right file (night map picture, with the city lights).
    In fact, now, I have the normal picture, from NBMC, with a dark shadow on it, instead of the change of picture that I used to get.
    I’m using Xubuntu 14.04, and xplanetFX 2.5.33
    I checked in .xplanetfx directory. In /base, I have the file earth_night.jpg, and in /NBMC, I have the file night.jpg. Both of them include the city lights.
    Could you help me to solve this issue ?
    Thanks

  558. Markus Schmidt

    Hey Phyllinux,

    sorry for the delay.

    I didn’t understand your report completely. What night map would you expect to see and which one are you seeing actually? I would like to ask for a screenshot with the night texture visible. Additionally could you please post the output of “xplanetFX –debug” (double minus) to a pastebin of your choice – that gives me a good overview of your current settings.

    Cheers, markus.

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