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Old 01-01-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: Mandy 2007, Kubuntu
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want app to always start in same place and size on desktop

What is a good way to make an app that doesn't seem to have "built in to the GUI type settings" for saving the view profile, to open in the same place and size every time it starts?

I am working with knewsticker.

This is all I have tried so far:

Set the geometry by starting it from a command line like this:
root@]# appletproxy -geometry 45x100+4+0 knewsticker.desktop
and this:
root@]# appletproxy KDE-geometry 45x100+4+0 knewsticker.desktop

I was not sure from reading the appletproxy -help which is correct (if either)

The first command seems to ignore the geometry option and starts knewsticker in the usual places and size.
The second command does this:

kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP Cleaning up dead connections.
kicker: WARNING: KLocale: trying to look up "" in catalog. Fix the program
kicker: WARNING: cannot open applet: because of Library files for ".la" not found in paths.
kicker: ERROR: Failed to load applet:
[root@]# ICE default IO error handler doing an exit(), pid = 8836, errno = 0

I have read that some desktops wont allow an app to be passed options like this anyway, but that was all the had to say about that.

I got several hits for variations of "Library files for ".la" not found in paths" but they were either vague
(.la files are a part of GNU libtools) or specific about programs other than appletproxy and .desktop stuff.

From what else I have been reading I expect one of the responces to this will be to "just make sure the library files for ".la" are in my path.
but I am having a hard time figuring out how I would go about doing that if indeed that is what I need to do.

Please help me figure this out if possible.

Old 01-02-2008, 12:27 PM   #2
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What is a good way to make an app ..., to open in the same place and size every time it starts?
In KDE I propose that method :
open the app
give the window the size and the position you want on the screen
right-click the title bar of the window and choose Advanced/Special Window Settings...
enter the Geometry tab
check Position and choose Apply Initially
check Size and choose Apply Initially
click the OK button.

That should open the app at the same place and with the same size the next time you open it.
I use that and it works for me like that.

Old 01-02-2008, 08:02 PM   #3
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Thank you extremely,

How cool is that extremly good config options right there for the asking.

For obviously no reason I assumed the only gui place that would have settings would be in the drop down menu.

Once again I feel like such a tard. Oh well, mabe this post will help future searchers that are as clueless as me.

Linux and berbae Rock!

Thanks again


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