How to specify workspace when starting a program?

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Wed Jun 8 00:42:35 CEST 2005

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Chris Green wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 11:28:39AM -0400, Erik Harrison wrote:
>>On 6/6/05, Chris Green <chris at> wrote:
>>>It still strikes me that both these solutions are basically bodges to
>>>fix something which should really be there to start with.
>>Yes. They fix the applications which don't have command line options
>>for specifing the workspace they should start on. Much like -geometry
>>that you mention before.
> But rxvt for example *does* have command line options to do what I
> want but xfce doesn't appear to understand them - or I don't know what
> I need to set to get xfce to understand what I want.

This really has very little to do with Xfce.  If, e.g., rxvt has a
- -geometry option, it's going to request a size and position from the
window manager.  xfwm4 will indeed honor this request, assuming rxvt is
acting in a standard manner.  I believe that there is a standard means
of requesting a specific virtual desktop, but I don't think it's widely
supported in applications.


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