Compositing problem? Libre Office makes panels disappear

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Compositing problem? Libre Office makes panels disappear

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I discovered this problem when I installed Mint 17 MATE, I have checked Mint 16 MATE and the same problem occurs with that version.

There is a problem with LibreOffice Calc and Writer. If I highlight cells then select Background Colour/Nofill, the panel disappears. It can be brought back by clicking twice on a logout or shutdown applet on the panel. I think this is related to compositing as I have discovered that the problem does not occur if I switch off "Software Compositing" in "Window Preferences".

I have an Asus Pundit P1-PH1 with "Integrated Radeon® X300 based graphics".
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I have/had the same problem with LM16 and 17 when I change font colors in Writer when the color is selected from the drop down menu. It does not occur if the current color is selected. Turning off compositing fixes it. Thanks ChrisOfBristol!

How do we get this fixed? Does this need to be posted to the mate forum or is this a mint problem?

Edit: It looks like this bug is known, but not fixed -- http://forums.mate-desktop.org/viewtopi ... pear#p8499
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According to one of the devs (https://github.com/mate-desktop/marco/issues/45), it has been finally patched and fixed (very old pending unfixed Gnome 2 bug). However it is still in the pipes, so the patched version has not been packaged in any distro yet.
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@eanfrid
Thanks. Is there any way to track this fix into LM17? Do we need to wait for Mate 1.8.1?
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Dunno... it looks like we will still have to wait for a while. The best short term choice is to disable Marco compositing and replace it either with Compiz or with a lightweight compositing alternative like xcompmgr/compton. I use compton and it seems to be quite stable.

Edit: it is a big bug on distros using MATE as almost all of them have LibreOffice in their repos and part of their default install... This makes MATE laughable for an office desktop use unless you know the workarounds.
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Wait a little for Clem to push Marco 1.8.1 into the Mint repo.
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@eanfrid -- Those 2 replacement items seem to be the ones on the short list. And, apparently many distros are having the same problem regardless of their base of origin. That combo of Mate + LibreOffice is everywhere. I am avoiding Xfce because it appears to be dead in the water. Since I only do the problem activity once or twice per day, I just turn the compositing on and off when necessary.

@Monsta -- Do you have any idea of a date for the update?
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I've noticed display problems with LibreOffice in any distro. There was a setting that fixed the problem, but installing the proprietary video driver always fixed it for me.
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*ultra-fast submission* deleted
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Unfortunately this specific bug cannot be solved by using another GPU driver since it is a bug (wrong instructions) in Marco, inherited from Metacity in Gnome 2.
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They have the same problem with PCLinuxOS Mate and the same solution -- http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.ph ... msg1030540
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I have this problem long time ago (mate panel disappears when changing colors in LO). Actually this is not a serious/catastrophic bug, it is easily solved just typing alt+F2 and in the window typing "panel-test-applets", then "execute" twice: this way the panel is back.
I hope this old annoying bug will finally fixed this year, but for the moment, I can live with it.

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@xfrank -- Have you tried turning compositing off as a fix?
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xfrank wrote:just typing alt+F2 and in the window typing "panel-test-applets", then "execute" twice: this way the panel is back.

Code: Select all

killall mate-panel
works too but these are dirty tricks either.
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k357k9 wrote:@xfrank -- Have you tried turning compositing off as a fix?
no, but I don't wont to lose the compositing.
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@xfrank -- How does LMDE compare with PCLinuxOS Mate?
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k357k9 wrote:@xfrank -- How does LMDE compare with PCLinuxOS Mate?
I have both: the two are very good and have a lot in common: rolling release, good looking out-of-the-box, stable as rocks, lightweight (Mate) and easy to maintain. LMDE is based on Debian, and PCLos on Mandriva (like Mageia).

Mi humble opinion is that LMDE is more versatile and interesting, suitable to become the main working distro because:
1 - Is Debian based (Debian has the larger user and developer base of all the linux distros)
2 - The forum is larger and more friendly, and you can watch also the Debian forum
3 - the programs/applications/tools are better organized in the panel

But PCLos is also very good, and has its advantages:
1 - is even easier than LMDE
2 - es even more good-looking out-of-the-box than LMDE (you can leave it as it is, is gorgeous).
3 - is true rolling, that is, the updates come every few days (conversely, LMDE has few large update packs in the year)

Consider that LMDE use .deb packages, and PCLos .rpm packages. I prefer .deb.

In the end I use both, but my main (desktop) distro is LMDE, while PCLos is on a secondary netbook.
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@xfrank -- Thanks for the lenghty explanation. I prefer the .deb, too. It has a very big user base and I'm more familiar with it than the others. But, Texstar does the Mate edition over there and he has a lot of experience.

I sure hope they get this panel bug fixed soon. It is almost 4 months since the release of 1.8.0. Hopefully, the update is on its way.
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Rather than wait until Mint 18 (or later) for Marco 1.8.1, is it possible to update to it by adding another software source then using apt-get install?
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Marco 1.8.1 is out. It looks like that, this time, the problem is solved.

FYI: I am testing with Debian unstable version of Marco 1.8.1, so I unloaded compton and re-enabled marco compositing.
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