Terminal Feature Request

Biju Chacko botsie at xfce.org
Wed Feb 9 11:33:41 CET 2005

Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Biju Chacko wrote:
>>>> I have a feature request for Terminal. In addition to the tab window 
>>>> mode, I'd like a split screen mode with an option of either vertical 
>>>> or horizontal splits. Naturally, creation and resizing of splits 
>>>> should be keyboard controlled as well as mouse-able.
>>>> I currently get a limited version of the same functionality using 
>>>> screen. I find it very useful, especially in conjuction with 
>>>> Terminal's full screen mode.
>>>> Otherwise, I find Terminal really good -- it's very responsive 
>>>> especially in comparison with gnome-terminal. Nice piece of work, 
>>>> Benny.
>>> Personally, I think this one of the most confusing features of Multi 
>>> Gnome-Terminal, atleast it's a rather geekish feature.
>> Well, I *am* a geek. :) I often work on one terminal while referring 
>> to the output of another one. Having a split-screen is merely the most 
>> efficient way to do this.
> I'm no geek, but I my usual work scenario is pretty similar to yours 
> (tho, not necessary limited to terminal windows). What makes me wonder 
> is: Why use fullscreen then, instead of having multiple windows share 
> the available screen area?

It's actually irrelevent whether it's fullscreen or not. The split 
screen is handy either way for two reasons:

* It makes easier to manage the windows. I don't have to worry about 
overlaps, they both (or all if more than 2) move at the same time, etc.

* On my 1024x768 14" laptop, I hate to waste real estate on redunant 
window decorations.

>> Another way to achieve this would be if xfwm4 implemented Window Tiling.
> You know that this won't happen. ;-)

I just wanted to point out that it is theoretically possible to solve it 
that way too. ;-)

-- b

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