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#1 2012-10-06 19:52:50

alexanderthegre
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Registered: 2012-07-29
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[SOLVED] Awesome wm compositing problems

I'm having peculiar problems with compositing under the awesome window manager, using any composite manager. When I start xcompmgr, any windows I have open disappear, including the awesome bar, but not including conky, sometimes flickering back into view, but then disappearing again. I have the same problem with compton-git from the aur. When I try to use cairo-compmgr, it works perfectly for a few minutes and then my X session locks up. I'm using xf86-video-ati, and have all of the latest X-related packages. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Last edited by alexanderthegre (2012-10-07 00:40:06)

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#2 2012-10-06 22:34:56

WonderWoofy
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Re: [SOLVED] Awesome wm compositing problems

Out of curiosity, what happens if you don't run conky and then run one of those compositors?  Namely xcompmgr, dcompmgr, or compton, as those are the ones I would go for (not in that order).

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#3 2012-10-06 23:28:43

alexanderthegre
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Re: [SOLVED] Awesome wm compositing problems

That's weird, after killing conky the issue (with xcompmgr, haven't tested any others) dissapears.
I'm not noticing anything unusual in my .conkyrc, but here it is, incase something in it is causing a problem:

alignment top_left
background yes
border_width 1
cpu_avg_samples 2
default_color cyan
default_outline_color white
default_shade_color white
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders yes
draw_outline no
draw_shades no
use_xft yes
xftfont Droid Sans Mono:size=12
gap_x 5
gap_y 27
minimum_size 5 5
net_avg_samples 2
no_buffers yes
out_to_console no
out_to_stderr no
extra_newline no
own_window no
own_window_class Conky
own_window_type desktop
stippled_borders 0
update_interval 1.0
uppercase no
use_spacer none
show_graph_scale no
show_graph_range no
double_buffer yes
own_window_transparent yes


TEXT
${color grey}kernel $kernel
${color grey}RAM Usage:$color ${membar 4}
${color grey}CPU Usage:$color ${cpubar 4}
${color green}$cpugraph
$color${battery BAT1}

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#4 2012-10-06 23:32:03

WonderWoofy
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Re: [SOLVED] Awesome wm compositing problems

Yeah, I don't know much about conky configs, but I figure your conky "window" is taking up the entire desktop and things are getting hidden behind it.  You will have to ask a conky expert about this one, but at least I got you pointed in the right direction.

I know though that conky can work with compton, xcompmgr, and dcompmgr, as I have a conky config in my openbox setup that I stole form someone, and I have tried all three of those compositors. 

BTW, compton is a fork of dcompmgr, which is a fork of xcompmgr.  I find that compton is the most stable.


Edit: looking over my config, here is the settings portion of mine

background yes
update_interval 1.6
update_interval_on_battery 2.1

cpu_avg_samples 2
net_avg_samples 2
temperature_unit celsius
short_units yes

double_buffer yes
no_buffers yes
text_buffer_size 2048

gap_x 35
gap_y 0

minimum_size 180 750
maximum_width 180
own_window yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,below
border_inner_margin 0
border_outer_margin 0
alignment tr

draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders no

default_bar_size 150 20

override_utf8_locale yes
use_xft yes
xftfont Pragmata:9
xftalpha 0.5
uppercase no

I think "own_window yes" might be important.

Last edited by WonderWoofy (2012-10-06 23:38:46)

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#5 2012-10-07 00:39:46

alexanderthegre
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Registered: 2012-07-29
Posts: 66

Re: [SOLVED] Awesome wm compositing problems

I think "own_window yes" might be important.

Ah. That was it. Thanks!

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