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Old 11-01-2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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Offsetting the default "window coordinates"

Hello all,

This may seem a bit stupid but it's more because I don't know how to word the issue.

I'm using FC4 on a Dell GX280 with a Radeon card and dual output (via a split cable). Through a bit of struggling I managed to get the system to work dual-headed (through the ATi provided setup scripts not directly through X11) but I'm running into a minor inconvenience.

It turns out the default window coordinates for all Linux system windows (IE - Logout, system settings/tools, etc) is the dead center of the screen or in this case straddled right between both monitors. Because I'm using some old CRTs the break is a good 2" so it's pretty irritating.

Was curious if anyone was aware of a file I could edit that would offset the "screen center" or "window position" by 400 or 500 pixels or so (both monitors are running in 1600x1200). I'm pretty sure it's not an easy change, but I figured it was worth a shot.

Thanks in advance for your help,
Old 11-02-2005, 06:59 PM   #2
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I don't think this will help much, but for individual commands, you can sometimes use the
flag to change where a window opens. For instance, I set up an alias for Emacs

alias emacs='emacs -geometry 90x70+0+0'
that uses this flag. Like I said, it may not help you in your pursuit, since you are looking for a more global solution. Maybe it will create an idea or two from others.
Old 11-02-2005, 07:52 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the help. At least that gives me a keyword to start greping against in the system files.

Hopefully this will at least set me on the right path. Much appreciated.


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