terminal window resizes when moving around window in awesome window manager

Bug #872876 reported by Carli on 2011-10-12
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
awesome (Debian)
Fix Released
awesome (Ubuntu)
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

 - start "awesome" (window manager)
 - open gnome-terminal
 - hold down "windows"-key
 - drag the terminal window with left mouse button

What I expect:
 - Window should move around and size should stay the same

What I actually see:
 - Window becomes smaller and smaller

 - resize the window before you drag it around (Win+RMB-Drag)
 - resize the window to a size that is odd to the height of a character
 - when there is a bit space in the bottom of the window (clientheight is not a multiple of the height of one line), moving will work correctly

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: gnome-terminal 3.0.1-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Oct 12 16:12:27 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Alpha amd64 (20110827)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Carli (s3734770) wrote :
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Try if the workaround for bug 787465 fixes it for you (sudo apt-get purge appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3, re-login).

Might be caused by the same menu proxy.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
importance: Undecided → Medium
Carli (s3734770) wrote :

This "workaround" does not fix anything.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gnome-terminal (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Sylvestre Ledru (sylvestre) wrote :

I have the same issue.
gnome-terminal + awesome and I don't have appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 on my system

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → New
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in awesome (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) on 2014-03-12
Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in awesome (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
b0wter (evil-klabautermann) wrote :

I am subject to the same bug. The first time I move gnome-terminal it will resize.

On a side note: this also happens on my Arch Linux installation where I use Terminator. I found a workaround to though:
In the options disable the "window geometry hints" in the preferences.
Maybe there is a similar option for gnome-terminal...

More complete upstream report for this bug is here:


There is no activity since Friday, 14 March 2014; however they seem to blame gnome-terminal, because for the violation of the rule 4.2.4: "Clients must not respond to being resized by attempting to resize themselves to a better size".

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Max Kueng (maxkueng) wrote :

Can confirm on Ubuntu, Arch and Manjaro. Happens with both gnome-terminal and terminator. It's been happening for quite some time (~ 2 years). I'm running awesome inside gnome-session.

Zachary Neely (zrussellneely) wrote :

Can confirm still happening on Ubuntu 15.04 with Awesome WM 3.4.15-1 and gnome-terminal 3.14.2-0.

Changed in awesome (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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