I usually, but not always, run cairo-compmgr. I also have several programs that have "issues" with Cairo-compmgr. So I made a crappy script that checks if cairo-compmgr is running. If not it runs your program straight-away. If it is running it will disable it, run your program, and then restart it afterwards.
I saved it in my ~/bin directory as no-comp
#!/bin/bash # a little script to disable cairo compositing, if it is running, when executing a # program. if [ -z "$(pgrep cairo-compmgr)" ] then $* else killall cairo-compmgr $* cairo-compmgr -n & fi exit
Once it is in place and has been made executable you are good to go. To run your favourite game without compositing just do this