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
sudo apt-get install metacity
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.
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.
Alright, thanks. I'll do that as soon as possible and let you know what was wrong. Thanks again. :D
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 :sad: ), but it was last updated on March 19th, 1999 - and that's not a typo.
Originally Posted by Segfault
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. ;)
Well, what I had in mind was visual inspection. For automatic comparison use diff.