Remove Compiz: XFCE4 Trials and Tribulations

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Remove Compiz: XFCE4 Trials and Tribulations

#1 Post by ticojohn »

I have a desktop with two (2) drives. Both drives have Bullseye installed. I use the second drive as a backup and for trying out new packages.

I recently installed Compiz on the backup drive just to see if I liked it. I didn't find Compiz particularly useful and decided to remove it. That's when problems started. After doing a complete uninstall, using the Synaptic Package Manager, and then logging out and back in, I found that the XFCE desktop was pretty much unusable. At that point I used GRSYNC to reload the /home directory. The desktop was still unusable. Looking at the xfcesessions error log I found that the system was still trying to start Compiz at login. What to do, what to do?

First, I reinstalled Compiz and got the desktop working again. Then, after a bit of research I found that there is a package called fusion-icon that allows the user to select which windows manager to use at login. So I used the fusion-icon tool to select xfwm4. I logged out and back in and found that the xfwm4 manager was indeed being used. At that point I was able to successfully able to remove all of the Compiz packages.

So, bottom line: use the fusion-icon tool to set the windows manager to xfwm4 before removing the Compiz packages.

Hope others might find this useful.
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Re: Remove Compiz: XFCE4 Trials and Tribulations

#2 Post by Head_on_a_Stick »

The Xfce window manager can be changed (or in this case, restored) by editing a text file or with xfconf-query(1):

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/xfce#U ... ow_manager

No need to install fusion-icon.
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Re: Remove Compiz: XFCE4 Trials and Tribulations

#3 Post by ticojohn »

Head_on_a_Stick wrote: 2022-06-21 09:48 The Xfce window manager can be changed (or in this case, restored) by editing a text file or with xfconf-query(1):

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/xfce#U ... ow_manager

No need to install fusion-icon.
Cool. Thanks for that.
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