nautilus ignores the --geometry= positions unless sudo is used

Bug #1543345 reported by Ubfan on 2016-02-08
This bug affects 1 person
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nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Ubuntu 14.04, patched to Feb 7, 2016, running nautilus 1:3.10.1-0ubuntu9.10 , starting nautilus from a terminal using the --geometry=800x300+200+100 will ignore the '+200+100' positioning part unless sudo is used, in which case, the positioning is correctly used. The size of 800 pixels wide and 300 pixels tall appears by eye to be correct for non-sudo and sudo invocations of nautilus, but the window position of 200 pixels down and 100 pixels right is ignored unless sudo in used for the invocation.

Non-standard kernel in use:
uname -a
Linux tosi 4.2.3-040203-generic #201510030832 SMP Sat Oct 3 12:34:31 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
Release: 14.04

Ubfan (ubfan1) wrote :

Neither position nor size works for either user or sudo in the 16.04 alpha. for nautilus 3.14.3 (package nautilus 1:3.18.4-0ubuntu1 is nautilus 1:3.14.3-0ubuntu1) Package seems odd. Running off persistent ISO, but updated the nautilus package.

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (development branch)
Release: 16.04
Codename: xenial

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ uname -a
Linux ubuntu 4.3.0-5-generic #16-Ubuntu SMP Wed Dec 16 23:33:25 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Stefan W (s-witzel) wrote :

I have the same problem (I can't tell whether it would work with sudo, though).

Ubfan (ubfan1) wrote :

For nautilus, neither position nor size works for either user or sudo in the Ubuntu 18.04 release, nautilus package 1:3.26.3-0ubuntu4.

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