unable to maximize gtk window

Simon simonzack@gmail.com
Sun Sep 22 18:22:00 GMT 2013

On 17/09/2013 1:19 AM, Jon TURNEY wrote:
> On 11/09/2013 19:05, Simon wrote:
>> On 12/09/2013 2:53 AM, Jon TURNEY wrote:
>>> On 09/09/2013 15:43, Simon wrote:
>>>>> Thanks for reporting this problem and the testcase.
>>>>> I've added a patch improves the window hint conversion in multiwindow mode so
>>>>> that the hint which gtk_window_maximize() sets is now recognized as
>>>>> maximizing
>>>>> the window.
>>>>> I've uploaded a snapshot at [1]. Perhaps you could try that and see if it
>>>>> improves things for you?
>>>>> (This is a x86 binary. if you need an x64 binary, please let me know and I'll
>>>>> generate one)
>>>> Thanks, that appears to fix the testcase, but terminator still has the same
>>>> problems, I'll try to find out what is happening there.
>>> 'terminator -m' works correctly for me with that snapshot.
>> It does for me too, but if I start terminator with no command line arguments
>> (directly after I start x server), then maximize the window using the windows
>> button, or by double clicking the title bar, I get a window that's not fully
>> maximized.
> This works for me, but this sounds like a different problem to the one you
> first reported.
> There is a difference between a window asking to maximize itself (via the
> appearance hint that gtk_window_maximize() sets), and using the window manager
> to maximize using the frame controls (title bar double click or maximize button)
> I'm not sure what you mean by 'not fully maximized', this seems different to
> 'not maximized'
> Perhaps the window may not get fully maximized as it's frame dimensions are
> (should be?) constrained to ensure that they are an integer multiple of the
> character cell size?
Yes indeed it is a different problem, I've dug deeper and found the 
cause, I've attached a test-case.
The problem is that gtk's window-state-event signals aren't being fired 
when a window maximizes or minimizes.
The correct behavior in the test-case, is that 'test' will be printed 
twice, once on startup, once when the user maximizes the window, and 
once when the user minimizes the window.


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#include <gtk/gtk.h>

gboolean on_window_state_event(GtkWidget *widget, GdkEventWindowState *event, gpointer user_data){
	return TRUE;

int main( int argc, char *argv[]){
	GtkWidget *window;

	gtk_init(&argc, &argv);

	window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
	gtk_window_set_title(GTK_WINDOW(window), "GtkButton");
	gtk_window_set_default_size(GTK_WINDOW(window), 230, 150);
	gtk_window_set_position(GTK_WINDOW(window), GTK_WIN_POS_CENTER);

	g_signal_connect(G_OBJECT(window), "destroy", G_CALLBACK(gtk_main_quit), NULL);




	return 0;

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