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On 10.04 (and other versions, but I am asking about 10.04), going to
System ➜ Preferences ➜ Appearance and selecting the Visual Effects tab shows possible values of None, Normal, and Extra. How can I query from the command line what the current setting is?

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Yes, you can. If you are using GNOME, then there is excellent gconftool command.

Try

gconftool --get /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager

It'll return metacity when setting is "None" and compiz for "Normal". At least in my Ubuntu 10.10 only difference between "Normal" and "Extra" was "wobbly" in plugins list.

Try

gconftool --get /apps/compiz/general/allscreens/options/active_plugins

to get list of plugins. Output should be something like

[core,ccp,move,resize,place,decoration,dbus,mousepoll,gnomecompat,png,svg,imgjpeg,text,commands,neg,wall,snap,animation,scale,scaleaddon,expo,staticswitcher,regex,resizeinfo,workarounds,ezoom,vpswitch,fade,session,shift,wobbly]

for "Extra" visual effects.

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Thanks! Does one of those items in the "Extra" list correspond specifically to translucency/transparency? –  ctd Mar 2 '11 at 19:37
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It would be "obs" in that list. In compizconfig it's called Opacity, Brightness, and Saturation. –  idbrii May 3 '11 at 16:02
    
For Ubuntu 10.04.3, it's still 'metacity' for None, but 'gnome-wm' for Normal and Extra. –  ctd Feb 13 '12 at 18:23

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