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    Compiz kills Metacity?


    Yesterday I installed Compiz via the Ubuntu Software Center to try it out on my Ubuntu 10.04 64bit box, but I uninstalled it after an hour because I didn't really see any differences except that everything felt a tad slower than usually. But now I completely lost any and all window decorations. And I uninstalled Compiz also via the Software Center.

    I tried to re-install Metacity via

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    sudo apt-get install metacity
    followed by

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    metacity --replace
    I do get decorations back again, but also an error message that no theme engine was found under path "ubuntulooks". Also, I can't enter any more commands in the terminal, and closing it instantly removes decorations again.

    The only way to "fix" this for now was to re-install Compiz again, which I am now forced to use against my will. Since then I've been searching the web for a solution, but nothing I tried has worked yet. All I want is to completely get rid of Compiz and use Metacity again instead.

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    Not using Gnome myself, so I'm just guessing.
    Whatever Compiz did was done in your home directory. If you create a test user and log in as test user Metacity will probably work as before.
    At this point I'd install MC (Midnight Commander), open a terminal, run MC and start comparing your home with test user home. There has to be a configuration file which controls how Gnome loads - that's the file you need to fix.

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    Alright, thanks. I'll do that as soon as possible and let you know what was wrong. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segfault View Post
    Not using Gnome myself, so I'm just guessing.
    Whatever Compiz did was done in your home directory. If you create a test user and log in as test user Metacity will probably work as before.
    At this point I'd install MC (Midnight Commander), open a terminal, run MC and start comparing your home with test user home. There has to be a configuration file which controls how Gnome loads - that's the file you need to fix.
    I've installed Midnight Commander and created a new user account, but now I'm a bit stumped and overwhelmed. It's literally been ages since I used a file manager like MC, and that was with an OS I knew well (some time in the mid-1990s on Windows 3.something). And the lack of any official documentation for MC doesn't make things easier. I'm currently working myself through a user guide I found on the server of the Technical University of Dresden (wish I could post the link ), but it was last updated on March 19th, 1999 - and that's not a typo.

    So, if you or anyone else should happen to know how to compare the relevant directories/folders, I really wouldn't mind you telling me.

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    Well, what I had in mind was visual inspection. For automatic comparison use diff.

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