I am trying to enable true transparency in the xfce Terminal. The compositor in Window Manager Tweaks is enabled and it works well on non active windows etc. I can also change the transparency of a window by pressing ALT and moving the mouswheel while hoovering over a Window Border.
What i have not been able to make work however is the built-in transparency of the Terminal. I enabled the Transparent Background option in the Appearance menu of the Terminal preferences. However this has no effect at all on my Terminal.
here are some debuging informations
muse markus # terminal -v Terminal 0.2.8 (Xfce 4.4.2) Copyright (c) 2003-2007 os-cillation e.K. All rights reserved. Written by Benedikt Meurer <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Built with Gtk+-2.12.10, running with Gtk+-2.12.10. Please report bugs to <http://bugzilla.xfce.org/>.
From the terminal config (gentoo ebuild):
... checking whether VTE supports real transparency... yes ...
The X Server gives me a VTE related warning:
VTE-warning **: No handler for control sequence 'device-control-string' definde
I can move the shade transparent slider around as much as i like but there is no response.
What am I doing wrong?
Launch the terminal.
Change the item in the Background pull-down list to Transparent Background and click Close. You should immediately have a transparent background.
I enabled the Transparent Background option in the Appearance menu of the Terminal preferences. However this has no effect at all on my Terminal.
I am afraid that is not working for me. This setting seems to have absolutly no effect. I still get the black default background.
Do you have the compositor running? Go to Settings > Window Manager Tweaks, and go to the last tab Compositor. There you can enable and disable the compositor.
If you don't have the Compositor tab you need to rebuild xfwm4 (hint: xfwm4 --help).
Yes the compositor is up an running as described in my first post. No Terminal transparency though.
Ok I reinstalled my whole Gentoo System (Never try to allocate free disk space into a new partition using Windows Vista btw :-x )
Anyway the true transparency works now. It might have something to do with the fact that I installed newer nvidia drivers this time (173.14.12) or there might be another library that did not get updated correctly before.
Whatever it was the transparency works now. Although I still need to set nvidia-settings -a InitialPixmapPlacement=2 for the Terminal application to open in acceptable timespans.