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    Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Hello,
    I am on ubuntu 12.04 64bit and I noticed that when an app touches the sidebar it no longer auto hides anymore. Is there a way to turn that back on?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    The 'Dodge Windows' option for the unity launcher doesn't exist in 12.04. You can only auto-hide, or never hide.

    To find the options, go to:

    System Settings > Appearance > Behavior

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Damn. What a shame. I thought things were supposed to get better in updates and not worse? A toggle for it would had been nice Ubuntu! :/

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by tgwaste View Post
    Damn. What a shame. I thought things were supposed to get better in updates and not worse? A toggle for it would had been nice Ubuntu! :/
    Agreed, I loved 'dodge windows', but I've gotten used to 'auto hide'........and besides, I'm getting what I paid for!

    Besides, there are some inventive users that have written code to get dodge windows back. I'm uncomfortable messing around with this, but you might feel differently.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Un...indowsBehavior
    Last edited by Derek Karpinski; May 8th, 2012 at 12:06 AM.

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    re https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Un...indowsBehavior

    I usedthe PPA method, it's the easiest and it does work.
    Last edited by colin-m; May 10th, 2012 at 11:02 AM.

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    You should never under any circumstances install and use CCSM. There is a reason this garbage POS of a program doesnt come with Ubuntu.

    It is the worst software of all time.

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by tgwaste View Post
    You should never under any circumstances install and use CCSM. There is a reason this garbage POS of a program doesnt come with Ubuntu.

    It is the worst software of all time.
    It's not a POS.......its actually quite powerful......but there definitely are dragons inside! Be very careful changing things if you're not sure what you're doing.

    Most people recommend 'My Unity' or 'Ubuntu Tweak' to handle most basic configurations to unity.

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Karpinski View Post
    It's not a POS.......its actually quite powerful......but there definitely are dragons inside! Be very careful changing things if you're not sure what you're doing.

    Most people recommend 'My Unity' or 'Ubuntu Tweak' to handle most basic configurations to unity.
    if you have to be careful with an app that alters the core components of your desktop to the point where you could need to do a complete reinstall (like me _every single time_ ive ever tried it) then the app is not designed properly and should not be used.

    the fact that we have come to a point where we can just use some silly phrase like 'there be dragons inside' to excuse a **** poor programs design is frightening.


    sorry i dont meant to be offensive to you but I can not stress enough how horrible this program is.

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by tgwaste View Post
    You should never under any circumstances install and use CCSM. There is a reason this garbage POS of a program doesnt come with Ubuntu.

    It is the worst software of all time.
    Ahem... Perhaps you're not aware that Ubuntu comes pre-installed with Compiz. The thing you have to install is the config manager.

    The ppa concerned works as good as the original dodge effect did, and all you need ccsm for is to activate it. One simple step, changing from 'Never Hide' to 'Dodge Windows', and you're all set.
    Windows free since '09 - never looked back!

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    Re: Sidebar Auto Hide when app pushes it not working on 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by tgwaste View Post
    if you have to be careful with an app that alters the core components of your desktop to the point where you could need to do a complete reinstall (like me _every single time_ ive ever tried it) then the app is not designed properly and should not be used.

    the fact that we have come to a point where we can just use some silly phrase like 'there be dragons inside' to excuse a **** poor programs design is frightening.


    sorry i dont meant to be offensive to you but I can not stress enough how horrible this program is.
    No offense, but making uninformed, opinionated assertions and excusing it with 'no offense' is just morally wrong, and that means you and I are both bad people.

    If you know what you're doing, it's an excellent program. ..but take a cue from the complexity, and from the warning message it gives you when you start (at least in 12.04 it does, and I think it did so before that). This is not a tool for someone who doesn't know what they're messing with.

    Quote:
    "CCSM is an advanced tool. Use with caution.

    This tool allows you to deeply configure Compiz's settings. Some options may be incompatible with each other. Unless used with care, it is possible to be left with an unusable desktop."


    ..but, for the record, CCSM affects the user you're logged into, and that's it. It won't cause you to need to reinstall Ubuntu, except in very, very rare circumstances (If your system freezes, you will have to power off without shutting down, and in rare circumstances, that can cause you to need to reinstall). However, it might break the desktop environment *for that user account*. What does this mean? That user account can't usefully log into anything but a terminal, but other user accounts are still ok.

    If your system *does* freeze, then instead of shutting off right away, read this link and try that out.

    If you don't have any other users, and already messed up your only user, you can add a new user at the terminal (ctrl-alt-f1). Log in as the user you messed up, then create the new user:
    Code:
    sudo adduser newguy
    sudo adduser newguy sudo
    exit
    then ctrl-alt-f7 or ctrl-alt-f8 to get back to the graphical login, and log in as 'newguy' (who can create and delete accounts by clicking the 'unlock' button in the 'user accounts' control panel)


    If you are unsure about whether or not you know enough to use CCSM without breaking your system, or just wish to be extra careful, then:

    1) Create a new admin user, just in case. It'll save you from having to log into a console to do so.
    2) Create a new normal user called 'testccsm' or something, and use that user to test unfamiliar CCSM settings.

    ..if something goes wrong in the test user account, you can always delete your test user along with his files. If you mess something up in your own account, you can log in as the admin user you created, and create a new account for yourself, then manually copy over all the normal files from your old home directory.
    Last edited by eode; June 27th, 2012 at 02:06 AM. Reason: clarifying that I don't mean configuration files in the old homedir

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