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Old 07-26-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
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how can I resize an X app from xterm

I have a GTK app that does not accept the
-geometry XxY+L+T
parameter that I need to move and resize once the app is running (or a way of doing one off runs with specific settings).
I am pretty sure
will do what I want as it lists
                program specified size: 164 by 164
                window gravity: NorthWest
when pointed at the app.
I can do
xprop -set WM_NAME "somenewname"
but I can not see what values are need to set the size and window location.
xprop -set WM_SIZE_HINTS.Geometry  640x480+10+10
would seem to be along the right lines but it does not work.
(error is the same as when I pass nonsense as a parameter)
any ideas ?
Old 01-25-2009, 06:36 AM   #2
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set window size / geometry from a script

Thanks for your posting, I had the same problem. I solved it with the following program:


See h t t p : / / w w

Here is an example-Script: h t t p : / /

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Old 01-25-2009, 06:46 AM   #3
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I wrote this very small script, too:

# This script sets the windows geometry off all windows which name conatins $1 to
# geometry $2. Notice the format of $2: x,y,w,h
#       x,y is the position of the top left corner of the window, and w,h  is  the
#       width  and  height of the window, with the exception that the value of
#       -1 in any position is interpreted to mean that  the  current  geometry
#       value should not be modified.

# GPL, (c) Andreas Hofmeier

wmctrl -l | grep -i $1 | while true; do
  read LINE
  if [ "$LINE" == "" ]; then
##  WMNAMW=${LINE:22}
##  wmctrl -r "$WMNAMW" -e 0,$2
  wmctrl -i -r $(echo $LINE | awk '{print $1}') -e 0,$2

# $0 kontact 1299,70,700,520
# $0 firefox 0,0,1272,1000
And the URLs with the second post ;-)

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