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Old 02-09-2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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Xorg - Transparency?


I heard a friend say at school that you can have transparent menus and things if you do a few things with the Xorg config, and a few other things, you can get it pretty. Like this:

http://images.mandrakesoft.com/img/s...dk100-scr1.jpg

Does anyone know how to do that?

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Old 02-09-2005, 06:02 PM   #2
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that's kde, not just 'xorg' right-click things and adjust properties -- transparency is an option, and you can hide the 'slider bars' or whatever those dealies are next to each item on your panel
 
Old 02-09-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
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You can't do it in Gnome?
 
Old 02-09-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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sure you can... same idea, but no slider dealies
 
Old 02-11-2005, 11:24 AM   #5
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Thanks -- Found what I was looking for. Sorry for not being as clear : /

http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/arc...p/t-26850.html

That has the link to the small guide on how to get Drop shadows and transparency working by adding those "lines" to Xorg.
 
Old 02-11-2005, 03:59 PM   #6
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Yeah, many apps have "psuedo-trancparency" which actually is really crappy. X.org 6.8.x has the composite extension which enables true transparency but it's still a little buggy, not as fast as it could be but looks nice
 
Old 02-11-2005, 06:51 PM   #7
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Hehe, indeedy. Still having issues though

Darnet!
 
Old 02-11-2005, 11:23 PM   #8
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I use the composite extension full-time, looks good and my hardware runs it so you don't really notice a difference, well you can but it's still pretty snappy

Let us know what issues you're still having and we'll help resolve them, it'd be handy but we can't read mind yet
 
Old 02-12-2005, 12:16 PM   #9
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I know. I just didn't want to bug you anymore about it

Anyway, i'll get back in a minute with whats going on and what I did so far. Im a
 
Old 02-12-2005, 12:31 PM   #10
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Alright. I have Xorg obviously and the development files for it installed. Im using SuSE 9.2 Pro.

On the site with the guide it says the following:

Quote:
Compositing

With FC3t2 compositing can be enabled and used to add shadows to windows and making them transparent. Because it is very slow the practical use at the moment is limited to making pretty screenshots.

Add the following lines to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

After restarting xorg, compositing will be enabled (you'll know because xorg will be much slower). At the moment Gnome does not support compositing, so you'll need two small applications to demo this:

cvs -d server:anoncvs@cvs.freedesktop.org:/cvs/xapps login
[No password needed, just press return]
cvs -d server:anoncvs@cvs.freedesktop.org:/cvs/xapps co transset
cvs -d server:anoncvs@cvs.freedesktop.org:/cvs/xapps co xcompmgr

cd xcompmgr
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig/
./autogen.sh
./configure
make
sudo make install

cd ../transset
make
sudo cp transset /usr/X11R6/bin/

You can now turn on compositing with:

xcompmgr -cfC
So let me go ahead and walk through this so you can see step by step what is going on... When I issue cvs -d server:anoncvs@cvs.freedesktop.org:/cvs/xapps co transset, I get this ... cvs checkout: Updating transset

Seems ok.

Next, when I issue cvs -d server:anoncvs@cvs.freedesktop.org:/cvs/xapps co xcompmgr, I get, cvs checkout: cannot open CVS/Entries for reading: No such file or directory
cvs [checkout aborted]: no repository


Not so good right? Well, I just went ahead and downloaded the xcompmgr manually and extracted it did the following:

cd xcompmgr
./autogen.sh
./configure
make
sudo make install


cd ../transset
make
sudo cp transset /usr/X11R6/bin/


Now after doing all that, it was suppose to work just by typing:


xcompmgr -cfC

It didn't work. What I got back was:

andy@linux:~> xcompmgr -cfC
trying '/home/andy/.xcompmgrrc' as configfile

failed to open config file. does it exist?
No composite extension
andy@linux:~>



So there you have it. I have enabled composite in the Xorg config and restarted X before doing any of this btw.

Any ideas?

Thanks!!
 
Old 02-12-2005, 01:16 PM   #11
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Originally posted by DJ P@CkMaN
I use the composite extension full-time, looks good and my hardware runs it so you don't really notice a difference, well you can but it's still pretty snappy

Let us know what issues you're still having and we'll help resolve them, it'd be handy but we can't read mind yet
what?! really? last time I tried it, it couldn't be run together with drm, resulting everything to be *extremely* slow (even though my equipment is P4-3.2GHz & radeon 9800). And that wasn't long ago... did I miss something in my configs, or is there some new future to it?
 
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what?! really? last time I tried it, it couldn't be run together with drm, resulting everything to be *extremely* slow (even though my equipment is P4-3.2GHz & radeon 9800). And that wasn't long ago... did I miss something in my configs, or is there some new future to it?
I think the keyword there is ATi Could be wrong though. I used to have a 9800 Pro and sheesh... Could never get that thing to run anything decent.

Anyway, still, nobody has any ideas?
 
Old 02-12-2005, 03:36 PM   #13
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Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised... could be... can anyone second that?
 
Old 02-12-2005, 03:55 PM   #14
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Nvidia card here so... that could certainly be helping

Agizor: Could you post the contents of your /var/log/Xorg.0.log?
 
Old 02-12-2005, 04:02 PM   #15
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Originally posted by DJ P@CkMaN
Nvidia card here so... that could certainly be helping

Agizor: Could you post the contents of your /var/log/Xorg.0.log?
yeah, well I know what kind of graphics card NOT to get next time... sheesh... but there's no weird messages in Xorg.0.log. It's just that I have to disable dri if I load the Composite extension. Or at least that's how it was. I'll give it another shot though and I'll take a look around... thanks
 
  


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