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Compiz doesn't work correctly with my graphics card (Intel 82852/855GM), so I use Metacity composite mode, which works fine. Sometimes I'd like to make a particular window of my choice semi-transparent (setting up a transparency ratio for all active windows and another for all inactive ones is not enough). Is there a way to control transparency of a particular window with Metacity?

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sudo apt-get install transset

You then use transset to interactively make windows transparent. I can't find any help for it though but I assume there's an option of scripting it to almost-automatically beat down windows you want transparent.

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I've found the answer, it is "transset" (sudo apt-get install transset, transset and click on the window to make transparent).

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