Geary's default window size is too large for a 13" display

Bug #1058779 reported by Daniel Fore on 2012-09-29
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Bug Description

Geary's default window height is too large for my 13" (1280x800) display.

This is not something we can fix in the OS, sorry.

no longer affects: elementaryos
Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) wrote :
Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) on 2012-11-01
Changed in geary:
status: New → Confirmed
Damien (youpla-b) wrote :

I'm surprised, I'm using a smaller resolution monitor (1024×600) and never noticed this problem. To me Geary was always small enough to fit in the screen. I'm downloading the latest nightly to confirm or infirm this. Maybe it's resolution-specific / Geary is confused by the 1280×800 resolution?

Damien (youpla-b) wrote :

Just tested the newest nightly. On my netbook with a resolution of 1024×600 Geary starts maximised and unmaximised it stands exactly between the notification bar and the dock, which would make a window height of about 520 pixels (×928 width, which gives a similar ratio. Dynamic resizing?)

Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) wrote :

Geary stores its window size in GSettings, so those are the old window size, not its default. To see if Geary's default size works for you, you would need to blow away the old values in GSettings. They are:


Damien (youpla-b) wrote :

By newest nightly I meant that I downloaded the latest iso, put it on a usb key and tried as a live user. Surely the livecd wouldn't be contaminated by my personal settings?

Anyway I did as you said and checked the gsettings keys on my install. I had height as 520. After reset it was set at 768. However I couldn't see any difference in behaviour after reset, the application started maximised and after unmaximising it the window bottom would stand at plank length from the bottom of the screen. It feels like the original setting for the window size is superseded by the OS with a rule such as "if a non-maximised window tries to draw outside of the screen, shrink it."

Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) wrote :

If you install a LiveCD on a USB stick, then I believe the account on the stick persists between runs, and so if you ran Geary prior, the settings would remain on the USB stick.

What I'm suggesting is to reset all three settings I mentioned above, including maximized (which should be false by default).

I couldn't tell you about window manager tricks and things. Just to be clear, though, it sounds like what you saw is actually desireable behavior, yes?

Damien (youpla-b) wrote :

It's a 1Go stick with no session saving. Besides, it was formatted upon image writing.

And I did reset all three settings. I didn't mention it because I found out they already had the default settings (width 1024, maximise false). Yes, even though it's maximised false by default it starts maximised.

It's a perfectly fine behaviour. I was just trying to indicate that this bug never (since october) occured to me even though my screen is smaller.

Comparing resolutions, I think we are talking about a different bug here. I say the window doesn't draw outside the screen and is resized by default, whereas danrabbit with its screen heigth of 800 may have the window drawn next to the border but under the dock. Since the dock by default only hides on maximise, it is kept over the window and partially hides it.

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