composite trickery (xfce)
I have recently taken to using transparent title bars and winow shadows via the X.Org Composite extention. However, composite can pose certain problems: for one, applications may have composite-related bugs (like this, which concerns nuxified as well), and GL is slow as hell. As I like GL-based games once in a while, I have written this little script that executes a command without the composite manager running. It assumes the XFCE window and composite manager.
# ^^^ untested with other shells. bash is usually nice.
echo "***" stopping composite manager and replacing...
killall xfwm4 ; xfwm4 --compositor=off &
echo "*** this may or may not take a moment. I will wait anyway."
echo "***" ok. ready to go,
if [ $1 ] ; then "$@"
echo "*** no command ?! uncreative ! press enter to continue"
echo "***" finished task. undoing damage
killall xfwm4 ; xfwm4 &!
~/bin/nocompos.sh armagetronad now turns off composite, runs armagetron advanced and restarts compositing when armagetronad is closed.