Metaciy Compositing Panel Shadow (intrepid)

Bug #269670 reported by John McHugh on 2008-09-13
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)
Declined for Jaunty by Pedro Villavicencio

Bug Description

Binary package hint: metacity

When You enable Metacity compositing in the gconf-editor the gnome panel gains a nice shadow.. When you restart Ubuntu the composited shadow disappears until you disable and then re-enable Metacity Compositing in the gconf-editor.
The graphics driver I am using is Vesa.
This bug was present in hardy and it is still present in intrepid.

peter76 (pf-moll) wrote :

Having the same thing running Intrepid in Virtual Box

Rémi Prévost (remiprev) wrote :

I'm having the same problem in Intrepid but not in Hardy.

Thomas Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

Can you reproduce the problem and then tell me what "gconftool -g /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager" prints? Thanks.

Rémi Prévost (remiprev) wrote :


Also, like reloading metacity, disabling and re-enabling the "compositing_manager" option also fix the problem.

peter76 (pf-moll) wrote :

@Thomas: your command outputs true; the problem is only with the shadow around the panel; not around windows or anything. Funny little bug:-)

Rémi Prévost (remiprev) wrote :

Also, it affects newly created panels (they don't get any shadow until metacity is reloaded or the option is disabled and enabled again).

hairy_Palms (mm294) wrote :

confirmed with intrepid fresh install, i wrote a script that sets and unsets the gconf option at startup as a workaround, not

rww (rww) wrote :

This is also happening in Jaunty. Confirming bug and adding link to upstream bug report.

Changed in metacity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in metacity:
status: Unknown → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for adding the upstream task, this is not a blocker for jaunty though rejecting the nomination.

Changed in metacity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged

I am also experiencing this Problem on Lucid(!).

Same here on Lucid, too.

Changed in metacity:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Andrea Plati (echoes91) wrote :

The problem persists with Ubuntu 11.04 Natty (metacity 2.30.3)

Nathan Dane (noz3001) wrote :

Happens in Ubuntu 11.04, classic desktop using metacity.
I made a workaround for this by writing a small script and adding it to gnome-session-properties with --replace parameter

sleep 1 # Let gnome-panel have 1 second to register
metacity $* &

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