Compiz-fusion article

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Wed Feb 6 12:57:04 PST 2008

E. J. Cerejo wrote:
> I found what the problem was under KDE, in your tutorial you tell us to run 
> these commands as a regular user:
> compiz --replace --sm-disable --ignore-desktop-hints ccp
> emerald --replace
> I found that both of these commands need a & sign at the end of each of these 
> commands, which will look like this:
> compiz --replace --sm-disable --ignore-desktop-hints ccp &
> emerald --replace &
> once you run them like this, KDE will stop acting weird and starts functioning 
> correctly.  Now when you restart kde it no longer starts compiz automatically 
> and you will get all the window borders and you are able to save the settings 
> using ccsm.
> Which is not the case when running gnome.  Once you run these commands, compiz 
> will work normally just like in KDE but it won't let you save any settings, 
> another words if you run ccsm it won't let you select or unselect any 
> plugins.  Compiz command might be a little different for gnome.  
> Gnome will also complain if you run these commands without 
> installing /usr/ports/x11-themes/ubuntulooks first, once you install this it 
> will stop complainning.  I will try to find out why I can't use ccsm and if I 
> find out I will let you know.
I have tested this as a startup script in Gnome:

#! /bin/sh
compiz --replace --sm-disable --ignore-desktop-hints ccp &
emerald --replace &

I have entered this in "Sessions" as a Startup Program and it works fine.
I am also able to change settings with ccsm (which should also be run as 
the normal user, BTW) and the settings are saved.
Now, I don't really know where these are saved, documentation mentions a 
.compizconfig folder, but I don't have it.
I don't have ubuntu-looks installed.

I don't have KDE installed on this machine, so can't test with this.
Thanks again for your feedback.

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