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In other desktop environments, it was possible to display the window size (and position) while resizing (or moving) the window. In Xubuntu 12.04.2, this feature was terminated.

There are at least two use cases where this is quite useful:

  • Resizing the web browser to specific dimensions (1024x768).
  • Comparing two PDFs where the content is scaled to fit page width.

The first can be resolved using a plug-in for Chrome or Firefox. The second could be resolved using the wmctrl app. The convenience of having the location and dimensions always shown while moving or resizing is quite handy. Rather than having multiple solutions, or having to run a command, it'd be nice to have a solution integrated with the window manager.

Ensuring exact window sizes is more than obtuse pedantry.

How would you get this functionality back?

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I see that as well even though I'm on Lubuntu 13.04. The explanation may lie in the various official flavors starting off with a common minimal "Ubuntu" and then adding software to that. Maybe that is what /etc/issue is looking at. But if you want an answer, you could ask another question just on that. Meanwhile, I'm removing my other comments because the "bot" has got excited. –  user25656 Aug 21 '13 at 3:40
    
I asked about /etc/issue here. –  user25656 Aug 22 '13 at 6:53
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