Can extensions such as "Composite" be loaded/unloaded w/o restarting X?

Joe Mason joe at
Tue Aug 26 05:57:29 PDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 7:23 PM, ben chang <bchang at> wrote:
> two, actually the main reason:  I use Maya a lot, which crashes badly if you're
> using the Composite extension.  But, I love the GL-accelerated desktop, both
> for aesthetic pleasure and real functionality improvement!  It seems this means
> having to switch between different xorg.conf files and restart the window
> manager whenever I want to use Maya or use other apps while enjoying Compiz,
> etc.

If all else fails, you can start a second X session on display :1 to
run Maya on, and switch between them with Ctrl-Alt-F7 and Ctrl-Alt-F8.


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