Compiz-fusion article

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Wed Feb 6 13:11:23 PST 2008

Manolis Kiagias wrote:
> 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.
Actually just found out there are three different backends for saving 
settings, according to their wiki:

namely gconf, KConfig and flat files

(look at the bottom of the page)

I have compiled compiz-fusion with gconf support, the settings in 
gconf-editor are under apps/compiz.
You may wish to check what options you used during compilation.

I will update the article tomorrow to reflect all this.

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