Opening ccsm Preferences immediately switches user from the "unity" profile to the "Default" profile

Bug #880679 reported by Doug McMahon on 2011-10-24
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
compizconfig-settings-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This is happening to many users & causing no small amount of confusion. The re-loading is unexpected & can take some time so many users will do a forced log out. Upon logging in the are surprised to see no unity launcher & panel. ( not unexpected because the unity plugin is not default enabled in the "Default" profile. On occasion the re-loading can also hang.
The change in profiles is reflected in a new entry in ~/.config/compiz-1/compizconfig/config -

profile =

There is no visible 'unity' profile available in ccsm > Preferences so the fact that it can be added & the user returned to the unity profile is lost on most users. Plus adding it only creates a blank profile line & gibberish in the dropdown.
(ironically if one did add the unity profile & then opened the Profile dropdown they again be auto switched right back to the "Default" profile
The other method to return to using the unity profile , deleting or editing the above entry in the config file is equally obscure.

This is leading many users to go into unity-2d to enable the unity plugin which does work because now, instead of using the unity profile in the Ubuntu session, they are using the Default profile. The end result is many users are now using the "Default" profile in an Ubuntu session.

Now maybe users shouldn't be opening Preferences in the !st. place, but it's there & quite visible

Also. under some other circumstances while in ccsm, users are also switched to the "Default" profile with the same results.
The whole thing seems quite messy atm

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: compizconfig-settings-manager
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Oct 24 02:44:56 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release i386 (20111012)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: compizconfig-settings-manager
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in compizconfig-settings-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Petko Ditchev (pditchev) wrote :

Can someone from the ccsm team direct me to where to search for the bug or see the everall structure of ccsm , because I can't really figure out the source code?

Dale Beaudoin (twocamels) wrote :

Definitely this is a major bug that has affected all my Oneiric and Precise installations. Even a lot of the ccsm plugins extras like 'wallpaper' are totally non-functional. Just after installing Oneiric and downloading ccsm and trying to set up the plugins , an array of anomolous screen jumpers takes place possibly leading the end_user to assume that they have a bad .iso file, bad video card or there is something terribly wrong with their PCs.

  I tried to do some work on conf-editor but that format in <apps<nautalis<preferences is not a standard format to earlier versions of Ubuntu - ie; maveric.lucid.

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :

Marking as a dupe & noting this has been fixed released in compizconfig-python (

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