Window positions under wayland

Daniel Stone daniel at
Fri Aug 5 13:35:45 UTC 2022

On Fri, 5 Aug 2022 at 14:11, samuel ammonius <sfammonius at> wrote:
> Please don't close this discussion on account of something someone
> else said. Wouldn't it be better for users, compositors, and apps if there
> was a way to manage window positions, but the compositor could choose
> not to let them? The best apps typically have an option in the preferences
> for windows to remember their positions, and window managers are given
> the option to move/resize windows as they please. Window managers can
> then let users decide weather they want to let windows choose their own
> size/position or stay put (such as in tiling window managers). Why wouldn't
> Wayland benifit from a similar system? (I'm assuming that the reason you
> said "for better or for worse" was just so everyone could stop talking rather
> than because you actually wouldn't mind having a worse system in place)

It's not inherently better or worse, just different.

For things like remembering window positions, there has already been a
specific protocol written to handle that usecase linked in this
thread, which is more flexible and capable than having every client
save their last-seen position and forcibly restore it no matter what.


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