Dec 10 2007

How to work around the gray Tilda window bug in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibon (7.10)

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In a previous post, I showed you “How to be more productive with the Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) Terminal using Tilda.” Tilda is really cool when it is not misbehaving. A short time after installing Tilda, I opened a Tilda window and it was gray. After some searching, I finally found my answer at the Tilda Bug Launchpad.

It turns out that this is a bug in the Tilda software. However, the workaround is really simple. The steps are below.

-Make sure Tilda is not running.

-Open the Tilda configuration by typing the following in the Terminal:
tilda -C

-With the configuration open change the following:
Under the “Appearance” tab change the “Animation Orientation” option to “left” or “right”
Change the “Animation Delay (usec)” to “1″

-Click “OK” to close the Tilda configuration

That is what worked for me. If you follow the discussion at the Tilda Bug Launchpad, some people had no success with this workaround. Some alternative solutions are listed below.

-Remove the .tilda folder in your Home directory and then run the following at the terminal:
sudo apt-get remove tilda libconfuse0
sudo apt-get install tilda

-Install Tilda as normal using the following at the terminal:
sudo apt-get install tilda
Then, install a different Tilda package provided by germania from the Ubuntu forums. The package can be found here:

Good luck with the workarounds. If you have a different workaround that worked for you, please let me know about it in the comments below.

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