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  1. #1
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    Open multiple programs on predefined positions

    I want to create bash file which will open multiple programs on my dual monitor setup and I want that each program is positioned at specific position and specific size. I don't have a clue where to start to setup something like it. Do I need to install some additional programs or I can do it by default kde/ubuntu ?

    Thanx for advices

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    Re: Open multiple programs on predefined positions

    Probably a bash file which uses xdotool will meet your requirements.
    There are alternative ways I have used but xdotool is flexible.

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    Re: Open multiple programs on predefined positions

    Many programs accept a -geometry option on the command line which will set the upper left point and the X:Y width and height from that point.

    For example, this is what I use to setup Firefox to a specific location+size along with 2 remote terminals (lower left and lower right corners) for a specific workflow I use weekly.

    Code:
    # Change to desktop 2
    xdotool set_desktop_viewport 1980 0
    sleep 1s;
    
    # move Firefox to a specific place and size
    xdotool search --name "Mozilla Firefox" windowmove 100 143
    xdotool search --name "Mozilla Firefox" windowsize 1612 663
    
    sleep 1s;
    # Open 2 xterms on the bottom on istar
    XTERM_OPTS="-u8 -fs 12 -fa Monospace -sb -fg green -bg black"
    xterm -geometry 80x15+0-0 $XTERM_OPTS -e ssh -X istar &
    xterm -geometry 80x15-0-52  $XTERM_OPTS -e ssh -X istar &
    Firefox doesn't accept -geometry options, but almost every X/client program does. Programmers have to to out of their way to prevent that capability - which says something about Mozilla.

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    Re: Open multiple programs on predefined positions

    Thanx for info and directions I need to take. I'll try it soon.

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