Compiz-fusion article

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Thu Feb 7 22:59:04 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 don't know about KDE, but I am using compiz-fusion (manually) in gnome
>> without having installed ubuntulooks.
>> Thanks for your investigation and feedback. If you come up with a
>> complete set of settings, I will update the article.
> The only way to fix gnome and get the settings to save was to delete the user 
> and recreate it again.  I found out what causes compiz to act weird like this 
> is when you try to run compiz with different options than the ones you gave 
> me.  If that happens than you have to recreate the user account.  Deleting 
> the .config directory is not enough, don't know why.  
> Do not forget to update your article by adding the "&" at the end of the 
> compiz and emerald commands.  If they get run without "&" sign at the end, 
> compiz will start acting weird on you.
> Thanks for your help, it's working very well now.
Thanks, I just updated the article, you may want to have a look at it 
again. Quick link here:

I added the "&" and the script for GNOME.
I found out compiz-fusion saves setting in gconf, if you have it 
compiled with "gconf support" (like I did). My guess is if this is not 
selected, it will use the .compizconfig folder. I have not tested this 
though (but maybe will recompile just to see).
It is quite possible that deleting the apps/compiz key in gconf will 
restore any weird behaviour, instead of actually recreating the user.

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