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Cairo Composite Manager is a versatile and extensible [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compositing_window_manager composite manager] which uses cairo for rendering. Plugins can be used to add some cool effects to your desktop. It's capable of, but not limited to, rendering of drop shadows, setting window transparency, menu and window animations, and applying decorations.
 
Cairo Composite Manager is a versatile and extensible [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compositing_window_manager composite manager] which uses cairo for rendering. Plugins can be used to add some cool effects to your desktop. It's capable of, but not limited to, rendering of drop shadows, setting window transparency, menu and window animations, and applying decorations.
  
Like [[Xcompmgr]] it does not replace an existing window manager, which makes it ideal for users of lightweight window managers like [[Openbox]] and [[Fluxbox]] that seek a more elegant desktop.
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Like [[Xcompmgr]], it does not replace an existing window manager, which makes it ideal for users of lightweight window managers, like [[Openbox]] and [[Fluxbox]], who seek a more elegant desktop.
  
 
==Prerequisites==
 
==Prerequisites==

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Describes the installation and usage of Cairo Composite Manager.
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Xcompmgr
Composite
AIGLX
Xorg

Cairo Composite Manager is a versatile and extensible composite manager which uses cairo for rendering. Plugins can be used to add some cool effects to your desktop. It's capable of, but not limited to, rendering of drop shadows, setting window transparency, menu and window animations, and applying decorations.

Like Xcompmgr, it does not replace an existing window manager, which makes it ideal for users of lightweight window managers, like Openbox and Fluxbox, who seek a more elegant desktop.

Prerequisites

To make use of Cairo Composite Manager, it requires the following:

  • Xorg must be installed, configured and running
  • Composite must be enabled via graphics drivers, AIGLX

Installation

Install cairo-compmgr from [community] or the newer cairo-compmgr-git development version from the AUR.

There are no errors on compile with removed gconf, and it runs fine. However, it is not posible to remove dependency on vala as it will not compile in that case. If you remove gconf, you need to remove the last 3 lines in PKGBUILD, the ones mentioning gconf.

Configuration

To start Cairo Composite Manager, simply run:

$ cairo-compmgr 

To have it load every time you start X, you can add it to your ~/.xinitrc :

cairo-compmgr &

Once started, Cairo Composite Manager installs itself in your systray and you can configure it by by right-clicking the systray icon.

If you just want Xcompmgr's behaviour, you can disable a lot of the plugins straightaway. Be patient while Cairo Composite Manager unloads a plugin, it might stall your screen for a moment.

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