Window Transparency without Compositing Manager

Corbin Simpson mostawesomedude at
Thu Aug 7 09:26:58 PDT 2008

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Colin Guthrie wrote:
> coldfire wrote:
>> Yes, that would be great. You sure can post it anywhere (or as an attachment
>> if its an option).
> I think the thing that's confused everyone here is the whole "I do not 
> want to use a compositing manager" stance.... but what this has now 
> boiled down to is "I want to write my own cut down compositing manager". 
> Which ever way you look at it, you'll be "using a compositing manager" 
> even if you have it internally.
> Please keep in mind that you should ensure your app plays nice if 
> another compositing manager is already running.

This. You may want to look very carefully at Konsole, which is
transparent but relies on the currently running compositing manager to
make the transparency happen.

In my (admittedly naive) opinion, it shouldn't be up to apps to decide
how compositing is performed, but up to the window manager/desktop
environment. Don't be surprised if the compiz guys put an entry in the
Workarounds plugin for your app.

~ C.

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