Jun 272009

From forlong’s Blog

Compiz-Check is a script to test if Compiz is able to run on your system/setup and if not, it will tell you the reason why.

Additionally you can use the output of the script to look for support in the official Compiz Fusion forums or the mailing list / forum of your distribution, which will make it much easier to locate your problem.

The script is suitable for GNOME, KDE and Xfce users and is not limited to a specific Linux distribution – in fact, the script lists those infos for you.

The test consists mainly of three parts:

1. List relevant system information
2. Run several Compiz related checks
3. Check for problematic hardware and problems with the setup in use.

So the output will eventually look like this:

Gathering information about your system…

Distribution: Ubuntu 8.04
Desktop environment: GNOME
Graphics chip: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AR [Radeon 9600]
Driver in use: radeon
Rendering method: AIGLX

Checking if it’s possible to run Compiz on your system…

Checking for texture_from_pixmap… [ OK ]
Checking for non power of two support… [ OK ]
Checking for composite extension… [ OK ]
Checking for FBConfig… [ OK ]
Checking for hardware/setup problems… [ OK ]

If anything is OK like in this example, your system is most probably able to run Compiz.
In case anything fails, you will be prompted a reason and ideally a hint how to solve the problem.

Compiz-Check will not run Compiz for you, nor will it do any changes to your system (unless you specifically say so).

Download & Usage
Do not just copy & paste the following to your blog/forum – find out why

The script is available here.
You can use this command to download it to your home directory:

wget http://blogage.de/files/9124/download -O compiz-check

Afterwards, you have to make it executable:

chmod +x compiz-check

And finally run it like this:


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