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How to open a program to float mode with specific dimensions?

asked 2013-01-03 22:24:34 +0000

Zucca gravatar image

As the title says. :) But just only once. When normally opened the program would go tiled.

I need this on my config which will run that program at startup.

(the program is urxvtc, and yes, it has that geometry setting which can do the magic I need, but I ask this because if I needed some other program to open that way)

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answered 2013-01-22 23:26:13 +0000

dkeg gravatar image

you can have it set in either your autostart or as a set keybinding. Either or both will work

as stated above you can specify

for_window [class='Urxvt'] floating enable
then specify a keybinding
bindsym $MOD+Enter exec urxvt -g 78x24
and / or specify a position on the screen
bindysm $MOD+Enter exec urxvt -g [height]x[width][+,-]x[+,-]y
bindsym $MOD+Enter exec urxvt -g 78x24+50+20

The above will put in in the upper left

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-g switch is only valid with most terminal apps and some other simple X apps. (-g is not i3 related switch) That will not work with Audacious for example.

Zucca gravatar imageZucca ( 2013-03-19 20:53:54 +0000 )edit

yes, you are correct, I had realized later at some point and / or may have just read through your post to quickly, don't remember which.

dkeg gravatar imagedkeg ( 2013-03-19 22:01:18 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-01-03 23:43:26 +0000

Michael gravatar image

You can use urxvt’s -name property and then match on that:

# autostart urxvt with instance set to "foo"
exec urxvtc -name foo

for_window [instance="^foo$"] floating enable

Also make sure you know about the scratchpad functionality (see the userguide), maybe that already does what you want (you don’t specify what you want…)

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That alone won't force an application window to a centain (user spicified) size. :\

Zucca gravatar imageZucca ( 2013-01-06 22:07:10 +0000 )edit

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