Commit b4546808 authored by Andreas Hartmann's avatar Andreas Hartmann
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README: Add explanation on custom theme paths

The README currently states that feedbackd uses the `default.json` theme, whose
location is hardcoded into the application. This doesn't reflect the current
state of the code.

Explain the ability to add custom themes and give some examples to the user.
Also mention the `feedbackd-device-themes` repository explicitly for users
looking to modify the current `default.json` theme. Adds explanations about the
correct naming of custom theme files and theme file precedence when multiple
themes exist.
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......@@ -79,8 +79,71 @@ the quiet and silent profile work out of the box.
Events are then mapped to a specific type of feedback (sound, led, vibra) via a
device specific theme (since devices have different capabilities).
There's currently only a single hard coded theme named `default`. The currently
available feedback types are:
Feedbackd is shipped with a default theme `default.json`.
You can add your own themes in one of two ways:
1. By exporting an environment variable `FEEDBACK_THEME` with a path to a
valid theme file (not recommended, use for testing only), or
2. By adding your theme file to one of the folders in the `XDG_DATA_DIRS`
environment variable, appended with `feedbackd/themes/`. This folder isn't
created automatically, so you have to create it yourself. Here's an example:
# Check which folders are "valid"
[ ... ]:/usr/local/share:/usr/share
# Pick a folder that suits you. Note that you shouldn't place themes in
# /usr/share, because they would be overwritten by updates!
# Create missing directories
$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/feedbackd/themes
# Add your theme file!
$ sudo cp my_awesome_theme.json /usr/local/share/feedbackd/themes/
Check out the companion [feedbackd-device-themes][1] repository for a
selection of device-specific themes. In order for your theme to be recognized
it must be named properly. Currently, theme names are based on the `compatible`
device-tree attribute. You can run the following command to get a list of valid
filenames for your custom theme (**Note**: You must run this command on the
device you want to create the theme for!):
$ cat /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/compatible | tr '\0' "\n"
Example output (for a Pine64 PinePhone):
$ cat /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/compatible | tr '\0' "\n"
Thus you could create a custom feedbackd theme for the Pinephone by placing a
modified theme file in
If multiple theme files exist, the selection logic follows these steps:
1. It picks an identifier from the devicetree, until none are left
2. It searches through the folders in `XDG_DATA_DIRS` in order of appearence,
until none are left
3. If a theme file is found in the current location with the current name,
**it will be chosen** and other themes are ignored.
If no theme file can be found this way (i.e. there are no identifiers and
folders left to check), `default.json` is chosen instead. Given the above
- `/usr/local/share/feedbackd/themes/pine64,pinephone-1.2.json` takes
precedence over `/usr/local/share/feedbackd/themes/pine64-pinephone.json`
- `/usr/local/share/feedbackd/themes/pine64-pinephone.json` takes precedence
over `/usr/share/feedbackd/themes/pine64-pinephone-1.2.json`
- etc...
The currently available feedback types are:
- Sound (an audible sound from the sound naming spec)
- VibraRumble: haptic motor rumbling
......@@ -148,3 +211,5 @@ GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=_build/data/ gsettings set org.sigxcpu.feedbackd.applicatio
- [Feedback-theme-spec draft](./
[debian/control]: ./debian/control#L5
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