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I'm trying to use compiz standalone with xfce4-panel and. I have installed compiz's extra features and all of it's required dependencies from SlackBuilds.org on top of applying window managers and other effects in ccsm.
Unfortunately I do not know how to ONLY load up xfce4-panel and thunar. From Googling I needed to create a .xinitrc file to add in:
exec compiz &
Unfortunately this doesn't work, and when I use "xwmconfig" the only option (for I have removed the KDE package) is xinitrc.xfce which can be found in /etc/X11/xinit/. Do I have to remove this in order for my computer to only load xfce4-panel and compiz?
First of all, when you do "exec compiz", no matter, foregorunf it or background, any other command locate after this one will not be executed, because exec replaces current process with new one(see samples /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.*)
Secondly, you're starting compiz without any plugins, which means compiz is not going to have any functionality. I suggest installing the various compiz related slackbuilds (http://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=compiz&sv=13.37) and using 'compiz --replace ccp' so that you can then configure compiz via 'ccsm'. I'd recommend compiz-bcop compiz-plugins-extra/main/unsupported compizconfig-python libcompizconfig and ccsm (perhaps also emerald and emerald-themes).
I'm running xfce-4.6.2 with compiz-0.8.8 via the xfce session manager. I didn't change my .xinitrc or .xsession in any way. I modified xfce session manager settings to load compiz (instead of xfwm4), thunar, xfdesktop and cairo-dock (instead of xfce4-panel).
I got the information from this thread and the Arch Linux wiki. So far it's been working without any problems.