Monthly Archives: July 2008

Compositor command-line switches

It seems, from reading blogs and forums, that many people like the idea of using Metacity’s compositor but are scared of changing the deep magic of gconf. In addition, there is nothing in the “–help” text to show that we have a compositor at all. Therefore, I propose a new switch to override the current […]

How to get backtraces from a window manager

This may sound obvious, but I only just thought of it. Suppose you make a change to Metacity which causes it to segfault on startup. What you’d ordinarily do is to load it into gdb and have a look at what’s going on in the backtrace with the bt command. But you can’t do that, […]

If the user will not come to the window, the window shall come to the user

Suppose you have two workspaces, and a window on each one. You’re looking at window A, so clearly window B is offscreen. You click something on window A, and window A attempts to present window B to you. What does that mean? Let’s have two concrete examples: 0×01: You’ve clicked a link in Pidgin’s buddy […]

2.23.55 released

Thanks to Elijah Newren and Thomas Thurman for improvements in this version. Contrary to rumour, this release does not add tabbing to everything. Display theme name in title bar of theme viewer (Thomas ) (GNOME bug 430198) Allow toggling of non-compositor effects (Thomas ) (GNOME bug 92867) Add some extra null checks (Thomas ) (GNOME […]