contradictory geometry description

Bug #1514160 reported by Pablo Piaggio on 2015-11-08
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gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

gnome-terminal's man pages describes option --geometry as:

                 X geometry specification (see "X" man page), can be specified once per window to be opened.

which is basically size in pixels and a position in the format WIDTHx‐HEIGHT+XOFF+YOFF, e.g. 1280x720+0+0

However, gnome-terminal --help-all describes --geometry as:

  --geometry=GEOMETRY Set the window size; for example: 80x24, or 80x24+200+200 (COLSxROWS+X+Y)

in other words, as columns by rows of text.

Currently gnome-terminal in an updated 14.04 works following the latter definition, i.e., --geometry describes columns and rows of text.


Extra info:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
Release: 14.04
Codename: trusty

$ apt-cache policy gnome-terminal
  Installed: 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 0
        500 trusty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

P.S.: I believe these 2 bugs are related but they only notice the problem with the man page.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: gnome-terminal 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-48.80-generic 3.13.11-ckt16
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-48-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.18
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Sun Nov 8 02:36:50 2015
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-05-19 (537 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140417)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Pablo Piaggio (papibe) wrote :
Egmont Koblinger (egmont-gmail) wrote :

I don't see a problem here. Copying from "man X":

The WIDTH and HEIGHT parts of the geometry specification are usually
measured in either pixels or characters, depending on the application.

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