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I'm using Linux Debian Squeeze and I already have compiz installed. I want metacity stop automatically boot, and instead want compiz to start automatically.

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Have you seen/tried the Debian Wiki entry on using compiz instead of Metacity? – sr_ May 11 '12 at 12:26
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Change the gconf key with

gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager compiz

You can go back to the default Gnome Metacity window manager with

gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager gnome-wm

If this fails You can simply add compiz --replace to your startup applications. Name the entry what you want, give it whatever description you want, but make the command

compiz --replace

Source: http://wiki.debian.org/Compiz#Start_compiz_instead_of_the_default_Gnome_Window_Manager

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In case anyone else ends up with the same problem and finds this question, what does that command do? That info would help others to understand not just what to do, but also why it works to fix the problem. – killermist Jun 25 '12 at 2:22
Still curious what that command is doing that makes it a useful answer to the question you asked. – killermist Jul 8 '12 at 17:09
@killermist what do you think about it now? – Zignd Jul 9 '12 at 17:09
Much better. I'll have to remember to come back and give it a +1 when I have more votes again. I think it is always better to know why something works than to just have the steps. Thanks for expanding it. – killermist Jul 9 '12 at 17:57
@killermist Thanks, do not forget the vote up – Zignd Jul 10 '12 at 12:33

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