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Several people complained that Compiz 0.5 did nothing for them, while it is supposed to bring lots of shiny effects. The reason is that most plugins are disabled by default. They should be enabled using gconf (for instance using gconf-editor or gconf-tool), in key /apps/compiz/general/allscreens/options/active_plugins.

One correct config may be set with

    $ gconftool --set /apps/compiz/general/allscreens/options/active_plugins \
      --type list --list-type string \
      '[gconf,png,svg,decoration,wobbly,fade,minimize,cube,rotate,zoom,scale,move,place,switcher,screenshot,resize]'

At least gconf, png, svg, decoration, cube, rotate, place, plane, wobbly, scale are usually interesting. But, there are dependencies between plugins, so you need to place them in a correct order in the list. Each plugin has a require option which tells you which other plugins should be loaded earlier.

The decoration plugin is pretty important since it takes care of adding window decorations (i.e. borders). Disabling it is generally a bad idea if you want to get a usable window manager.

There are many other options.

Update: Now that compizconfig-settings-manager is in unstable, you might want to install it and use ccsm to configure all this through a graphical interface instead of playing with gconf.

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From:rageguy
Date:August 27th, 2007 10:06 (UTC)
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I found you via Google, thanks for the solution :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 28th, 2007 07:03 (UTC)

compiz

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Holy crap. I been searching around for a while now to my borderless windows problem with compiz after the update when I stumbled onto your google groups post which linked to this. Thank you so, so, so much!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 12th, 2007 12:19 (UTC)

Re: compiz - windowless boarders

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I am also searching for a fix for windowless boarders. But, can you elaborate on the fix please.
From:bgoglin
Date:September 12th, 2007 14:03 (UTC)

Re: compiz - windowless boarders

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I am also searching for a fix for windowless boarders. But, can you elaborate on the fix please.

The command line from the original blog post should be enough. If not, there's another problem.

Feel free to send me a email, it would be easier to talk this way (my address is everywhere in Google...).
From:pixel8ed.myopenid.com
Date:September 21st, 2007 20:54 (UTC)

Thank you

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After a night of pulling my hair wondering why compiz-fusion wasn't working on my new amd64, this really helped. Thanks so much.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 2nd, 2007 20:15 (UTC)

cool

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This also solved my problem with debian lenny/sid and compiz
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 16th, 2007 08:47 (UTC)

Ta

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Many thanks that is a most useful tip!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2007 11:25 (UTC)

Yes, it works!

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Thank you for your tip! :D Anyone knows where could I find a list of all possible options in order to configure more accurately the different effects?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 21st, 2007 15:54 (UTC)

I am not able to understand this!

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I am sorry, but I tried pasting this in the terminal window and got no response... ONly a > prompt. Can you please explain this step-by-step, as I am quite new to Linux. Thanks
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 22nd, 2007 03:43 (UTC)
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Now if only I could figure out why window contents don't update.

(Occurs on both a Radeon 7500 and an Intel 965.
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From:sneakums
Date:October 29th, 2007 21:19 (UTC)
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I tried enabling EXA and now my windows update.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 28th, 2007 18:45 (UTC)

Thanks!

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Thanks! Now it just works!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 19th, 2007 11:33 (UTC)

You're a star

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I too have been struggling with lack of decoration in compiz for hours - thanks! Any chance you could post this to the debian buglist so it happens by default on install?
From:bgoglin
Date:November 19th, 2007 11:45 (UTC)

Re: You're a star

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I am the guy taking care of X bugs in Debian, so I can tell you that this is a known wishlist :)

See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=440095
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 8th, 2007 12:36 (UTC)

No longer a wishlist

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FYI, the report in Debian now is a bug, and no longer a wishlist
From:bgoglin
Date:December 8th, 2007 12:57 (UTC)

Re: No longer a wishlist

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Yes, I upgraded the severity to important given the number of people that were hit by the problem.
From:wwwwolf
Date:December 8th, 2007 12:50 (UTC)
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Thank you! Verily, no longer need I be envious of our Ubuntu brethren and their shiny window management. =)

This really should be set in defaults, or at least explained in the Debian Wiki page because that's what most people will probably hit first - it's listed as the Debian instruction page in Compiz home page. Too bad it's uneditable. Darn.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 16th, 2007 15:49 (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip, I searched a lot to find this :)
Compiz always left me with no window decorations (Debian Lenny here). I seem to only have the core compiz components, no GUI whatsoever. I didn't track this to a lack of default gconf options. Now it's working as it should. I might as well try installing some sort of GUI configurator, because fiddling with gconftool is not really my type of fun.
From:bgoglin
Date:December 16th, 2007 16:19 (UTC)

ccsm is easier than gconf

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Package compizconfig-settings-manager is in unstable now, it makes things much easier to configure things (run the 'ccsm' program).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 17th, 2007 23:30 (UTC)

Thanks a lot!

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Very informative. Now everything works!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 5th, 2008 14:18 (UTC)

Re: Thanks a lot!

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u rock!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 11th, 2008 14:55 (UTC)

Re: Thanks a lot!

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yet another anonymous says: Really, thanks, man! I use lots of tricks to get people to use Linux -- one that works for some people is making their Desktop look like a Mac :) Between compiz and the Avant Window Navigator, my Mac friends are jealous!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 2nd, 2008 00:15 (UTC)

Thanks

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Solved my compiz problems on Debian testing. Thanks very much.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 2nd, 2008 00:50 (UTC)

another note

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Another note for 'debian testing': In order to let the above instructions work, it is necessary that you do NOT install the following packages:

compizconfig-backend-gconf
compizconfig-settings-manager

If you have installed them, you need to purge them and then follow the instructions in the author's original post.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 13th, 2008 19:26 (UTC)

Thanks!

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It did help! Two main things: gconftool... and uninstall of compizconfig-settings-manager!
Incredible! It is 13 June 2008 but problem in Debian Lenny is still here! However as I just installed compiz package all was ok. After some days I didn't use it I couldn't use it anymore wthout problems. And after suggestions it works again :)
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From:anholt
Date:August 20th, 2008 20:07 (UTC)
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Wouldn't it be cool if compiz worked (i.e. was a usable window manager) in the default install instead of having to google for "why don't I have window decorations or ability to move windows or anything?"

Also, it seems that the gconf backend isn't installed along with compiz-gnome or compiz, so I guess these instructions wouldn't work without installing it and selecting it in ccsm first?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 24th, 2009 06:42 (UTC)

Thanks, you rock

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Hoo-wee. Spinning the cube, etc., is the main reason I upgraded to an only-3-years-old laptop. Finding your site after a week of intermittent googling & following links got it working for me.

This is an IBM Thinkpad T42 2373, with Radeon 9600 video card, 128 MB video RAM, and the stock, free, Radeon video driver. Good luck to everyone.