Terminal no longer fully maximized with Xfwm4

Genghis Khan genghiskhan at gmx.ca
Sat Feb 11 13:46:20 CET 2012

I'm running Xfwm4 4.6.2 so I can't say anything about Xfwm4 4.8.3 but
by reading what Mișu Moldovan has wrote, I concur with his view.

P.S. by not letting to Terminal Emulator window to be maximized just
like any other window makes you think of Windows XP and its way to
"maximize" its Terminal Emulator.

On Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:10:23 +0200
Mișu Moldovan <dumol at xfce.org> wrote:

> There seems to be a new way for Xfwm4 to handle maximized Terminal
> windows that has been introduced with version 4.8.3. Prior to that,
> for as far as I remember, a Terminal window was maximized just like
> any other window and a bit of padding was added to the right of the
> last column and the bottom of the last line. But now, with the latest
> stable version of Xfwm4, a maximized Terminal window is not the same
> size as other maximized windows, its dimensions are rounded to exactly
> fit the maximum number of columns and rows of the Terminal window and
> no padding is added.
> I find it disturbing that maximized windows are not created equal with
> Xfwm 4.8.3. I think I found the commit[1] that changed this behavior
> and the reason[2] behind it. I do realize unexpectedly resizing
> gnome-terminal's windows is ugly and needs to be addressed but isn't
> it inconsistent to have more than one way of how maximized windows
> look? Maybe one more special condition could be added to address this
> inconsistency?
> I've read Olivier's explanation[3] in another bug discussion:
> "Terminal do impose restrictions on their size increments, maximizing
> horizontally or vertically will respect those increments thus if your
> screen size is not a multiple of the size increment (usually font
> size) plus the toolbar, menubar and decoration, then the the size will
> be rounded to the closest lower value. This is on purpose and
> perfectly normal."
> However, I'm not sure I agree with ''this is [..] perfectly normal''
> as practically all of the window-managers I've used in the past 12
> years (need both hands to count them) did not do this for maximized
> terminal windows, as far as I remember. I have only encountered one
> exception, Compiz, and I thought it was broken in this respect and
> hated it for this inconsistency. It was refreshing to return to Xfwm4
> and rejoice in regards to the uniform look of maximized windows. Can
> Xfwm4, our beloved window manager, keep this feature?
> Thanks,

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