Window positions under wayland

Igor Korot ikorot01 at
Fri Aug 5 16:27:21 UTC 2022

Hi, Daniel,

On Fri, Aug 5, 2022 at 8:41 AM Daniel Stone <daniel at> wrote:
> 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.

What do you mean "forcibly restore, no matter what"?
And why do we need a whole protocol just for saving/restoring window position?

Isn't it simply overkill?

Thank you.

> Cheers,
> Daniel

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