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Old 11-17-2008, 02:57 AM   #1
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how to launch xterm maximized ?

Hey. I'd like to launch xterm maximized from a menu entry/other terminal.
Seems like there should be a way to do it, xterm -max or whatever.

What is it?

Edit: In case anyone is wondering why, it's not because of any functional reason. I just want to make shell script that will launch xterm full screen, clear it, and lock it with xtrlock.

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:43 AM   #2
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Maybe not what you are hoping for, but the following will open a xterm at at certain location with a certain size:

xterm -geometry 100x50+0+0

The above command opens an xterm at location +0+0 (top left of the screen) with a size of 100 (horizontal) x 50 (vertical).

If you do not know the size of your screen, use the xwininfo command to find out what it is (last line of output is the -geometry option, which can be copied and pasted).

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Old 11-19-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.

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Old 12-14-2012, 06:01 AM   #4
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here's a short 1-liner to get the answer

w=6 ; h=12

g=$( xdpyinfo | perl -n -e 'print "".($1/'$w')."x".($2/'$h')."+0+0" if /dimensions:\s*(\d+)x(\d+)/' )
xterm -fs ${w}x${h} -geometry ${g}

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Actually, from the manpage on xterm you use "xterm -maximized".

Note, this requires the window manager to provide the correct geometry. some don't.

For instance, xfwm4 doesn't accept the equivalent +maximized option (it is documented as equivalent, but xfwm4 doesn't respond except with the default size for the window). xfwm4 DOES respond properly for the -maximized option.


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