How to properly Start Compiz in Gnome

Tuesday, 8th September 2009

Since I’ve upgraded to Debian Sid / Squeeze e.g., Debian unstable I’m using compiz and the default patched debian metacity to support it. Thus until today I’ve it setupped to start up with
1. compiz –replace on each and every login session on my account. Today I had my doubts that this is correct since I’ve noticed that compiz terminates after some of the OpenGL games I have started. After some Googling I found a blog post which was discussing the issue. Here is the post how to properly start compiz in gnome . As you could read in the blog post it is wrong to start compiz with compiz –replace cause in that case metacity starts for a couple of seconds during gdm login screen as well as it has to replace metacity afterwards. It is explained that the proper way to start compiz is via the .gnomerc . BTW I was not aware that gnome had that handy .gnomerc file which pretty much like the good old .bashrc. So back to the proper way of running compiz.
Edit ~/.gnomerc in and put export WINDOW_MANAGER=/usr/bin/compiz Congrats now you should have compiz to run properly.END—–

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