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Quick fix: Compiz on Gentoo, resolving text corruption in terminal

This will be a brief reference post mostly for my own benefit, but a good fix for an issue where Compiz shows black boxes or invisible characters in the GNOME terminal when typing:

As for the text corruption issue… Is the “Force X and GLX synchronization” option enabled in the workarounds plugin in ccsm?

In my case, the option was enabled in CompizConfig Settings Manager, but the Workarounds plugin wasn’t:

Enable the Workarounds plugin under the Utilities category

Select the "Force synchronization between X and GLX" checkbox

Hopefully this is useful for those of you using the terminal on a regular basis! I’ll likely have a full update on switching back to GNOME and installing Compiz shortly.

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  1. Tyler B
    October 26th, 2009 at 18:30 | #1

    Sorry… what? I’m not sure I understand the original issue you were having. How would compiz be related to individual terminal characters not showing up?

  2. Jake B
    October 26th, 2009 at 19:00 | #2

    Ah, sorry. Here’s a mockup of what it looked like before the workaround was enabled. This issue only manifested itself when Compiz/Emerald were active. All the lines I typed in the terminal appeared similarly to the second line:


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