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Old 06-11-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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why xcompmgr appears to change background colour to hideous lilac?

hello folks

Running openbox window manager as openbox-session to allow openbox's autostart to load a few programs; one program is xcompmgr.

Before loading xcompmgr, I had the root window (background/desktop, whatever you want to call it?) set to black solid colour.

Changing it to other colours using xsetroot -solid [colour] worked fine too.

Then once xcompmgr is started, either by autostart or manually, it changes the colour to a horrible solid lilac colour....keeping it as that all the time. Using xsetroot has no effect; it stays as the lilac colour.

If xcompmgr is killed off, only then does it revert back to the black colour.

(incidentally compton is showing the same behaviour).

I have spent hours looking into xinitrc, xdg, xdm, xsession etc to no avail, in trying to see where this colour change by xcompmgr is being done.

Question: please help me track down why this is happening and what I can do to get the colour of my choice to stick around?

Thank you, Im pulling my hair out.

ps: im using Slackware 14.1 64bit.....I know my way around fairly well even though Im no expert.
Old 06-12-2014, 02:49 AM   #2
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to a horrible solid lilac colour
"Fixme" purple?
Look at
#man fbsetbg
#man fbsetroot.

Post back if you have questions.
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why xcompmgr appears to change background colour to hideous lilac? [SOLVED]

well SOLVED sort of :-)

Thank you for all the replies. I had already tried fbsetbg and it worked (but it is a fluxbox related tool) ! It has to be run just before xcompmgr in openbox's autostart file.

Having said that, I haven't been able to sort out why or where xcompmgr is changing the colour to lilac, or if its configurable.

So all in all a 'solution' I have and thank you again.


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