[Intrepid] Compiz got hosed

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 18:02:48 UTC 2008

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:15 PM, Jim Smith <jim at oz.net> wrote:
> Somehow I managed to mess up Compiz, by accidently activating something
> called "Bicubic Filter." It has Gnome completely messed up as everything
> I click on comes up as a black shape and no way to get into Compizconfig
> to unclick it. Fortunately I have Xfce on here for just such occasions.
> I tried deleting the .config files in my home directory, but that
> doesn't do anything as they seem to be regenerated whenever Gnome
> starts. There must be a master config file somewhere which can be
> edited/deleted, I just don't know where. Any advice appreciated.
> Thanks
> Jim
Hey, I've been there, fixed that!

Compiz settings can be either of 2 places.

Default lately is in the gnome configuration. That's in ~/.gconf.  The
worst case scenario would be to just rm everything that starts with .g
, but its probably not necessary :).  If you run gconf-editor, you an
wipe out that stuff.  In gconf-editor, go to apps then compiz.  You
can control settings in the obvious way.

It may be your settings are saved in the flat text files if you turned
off the desktop integration in the ccsm advanced panel.  That's what I
do.  Then it saves its settings under ~/.config/compiz.

Here's the thing that caught me.  If you wipe out ~/.config/compiz,
then the startup reverts to use the gnome settings in .gconf.  So you
need to kill both sets to really feel fresh and clean like a spring

The stuff under ~/.compiz is usually just plugins and other stuff you
built yourself, or it is settings from really old versions of compiz.

Good Luck, HTH.

Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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