Debian, Compiz and Metacity

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So today I’ve spent most of my time trying to figure out a bug with Debian (sid) Compiz and Metacity/Gnome where there was no window controls i.e. no minimise, maximise, restore and close button.

I found some bugs listed #629239 and #639207 which was the same issue as mine and not the normal “missing emerald” crap.

So after much searching and playing about I decided to downgrade my Metacity to 2.30.1-3 from Metacity 2.34.1-1 which solved my problem!

so Notes to self:

dpkg --install metacity-common_2.30.1-3_all.deb
dpkg --install libmetacity-private0_2.30.1-3_i386.deb
dpkg --install metacity_2.30.1-3_i386.deb

Obviously change i386 to amd64 for a true 64bit system!

Also rember to have compiz –replace ccp in your gnome startup!