Appearance dialog breaking and entering CompizConfig, instead of "custom" radio button

Bug #231773 reported by Thinboy00 on 2008-05-18
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
compizconfig-settings-manager (Baltix)
compizconfig-settings-manager (Ubuntu)
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-control-center

There is no longer a "custom" radio button in the dialog box at System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects tab. Furthermore, selecting a preset configuration will overwrite your custom configuration.
To reproduce:
0. Have Hardy, CompizConfig installed
1. Set some custom options via CC. I recommend turning on plugins relating to the cube because they are not favored by the presets
2. Open the dialog via the aforementioned path
3. choose a preset (like "none" or "normal")
4. Look at your settings in CompizConfig. Your custom settings will have been overwritten.
In gusty, the custom settings would have been unchanged but ignored until you played with them again. Now they're overwritten.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun May 18 17:46:18 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
Package: compiz 1:0.7.4-0ubuntu6
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: compiz
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-16-generic i686

Update:This is unrelated to the package simple-ccsm. It does add a radio button properly (you can tell because the "preferences" button opens a "simple" ccsm), but CompizConfig itself won't (see screenshot if you cannot tell which compizconfig is broken).

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :
description: updated
Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

Update: It seems CCSM (CompizConfig) doesn't work *at all*
To reproduce:
1. Install CCSM
2. play with the settings. Turn something noticeable, such as the desktop cube, on
3. If you can see the effect of step 2 (else goto step 4), go to System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual effects tab, and click a radio button.
4. Your settings in CCSM are ignored in favor of the (extremely simplistic) settings shown in the screenshot.

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

Ignore previous comment, it was caused by program/user stupidity combining in a surprising way.

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

This bug basically broils down to the loss of the "custom" radio button, and the new, invasive approach to settings management that the appearence dialog/control center takes (it breaks into and modifies "custom" settings)

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

I uploaded the wrong screenshot. Here's the right one.

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

This is what the dialog box looks like when custom settings have been applied.

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) on 2008-05-18
description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

you can install ccsm-simple to get the custom button

Changed in gnome-control-center:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Invalid
Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

Why relegate such a simple function to its own package/version?

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

It appears to be a bug in compizconfig/deprecation in control-panel, because doing that adds a preferences button next to the custom radio button (like in gusty) that goes to a /separate/ settings manager (in gusty, it would go to compizconfig itself). Therefore, compizconfig itself needs to start adding that radio button, because simple-ccsm adds one specifically intended for a different settings manager.

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

To clarify, I have attached a screenshot of the settings manager which is broken (see my previous comment). This manager alone will not add the radio button

description: updated
Nicolas Delvaux (malizor) wrote :

I think it is a shame that such a bug is still topical.
A lot of users use ccsm (more than simple-ccsm, I'm sure about this) and they see the broken "visual effect" tab as a true usability issue.

What do you think ? Could this bug be one of those famous paper cuts ?

Thinboy00 (thinboy00) wrote :

Probably not, given that "paper cut" doesn't include things involving you breathing near the system. For example, if you set the panels to autohide and experience a minor bug, it's not a paper cut because it wasn't a pristine system (saw this on some other bug). If setting panel preferences is enough to make it not a paper cut, installing software must also be enough.

Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. However, a paper cut should be a small usability issue, in the *default* Ubuntu install, that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. So this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

For further information about papercuts criteria, please read

Don't worry though, this bug has been marked as "Invalid" only in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
Phillip Susi (psusi) wrote :

This package has been removed from Ubuntu. Closing all related bugs.

Changed in compizconfig-settings-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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