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How do I move and resize the xfce4-terminal by command line?

The problem is that the command echo -ne '\e[3;0;0t' does not re-position my xfce4-terminal and has no apparent affect. man xfce4-terminal and other answers suggest it should.

xfce4-terminal emulates the xterm application developed by the X Consortium. In turn, the xterm application emulates the DEC VT102 terminal and also supports the DEC VT220 escape sequences.

The goal is to write a script that creates a few terminals and sets up my working environment without needing to click and resize my terminals to my comfort.

What does work is echo -ne '\e[8;40;80t' which the causes the terminal to resize correctly. So why not moving the window?

Other information that I am unsure may affect anything:

I have tried other numbers such as the sequence '\e[3;100;100t' but nothing seems to relocate the terminal window.

I am actually running ubuntu and installed and launch with xfce4 after unity started having issues from an update.

xfce4-terminal 0.6.3 (Xfce 4.10)

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xfce4-terminal supports the --geometry option, you can use it like this… – TuKsn Jul 21 '14 at 13:10
@Tuknutx This is a good solution, thank you. – fruse Jul 21 '14 at 13:42
Try wmctrl, can be found in repos. – mreq Sep 18 '14 at 9:29

The man page for xfce4-terminal specifies using the --geometry option to set the size and placement of a terminal.

This option takes "the form -geometry WIDTHxHEIGHT+XOFF+YOFF (where WIDTH, HEIGHT, XOFF, and YOFF are numbers) for specifying a preferred size and location for this application's main window." Refer to the "Geometry Specifications" section of the man page for X (man X).

Here are several examples of xterm placement:

  1. short and wide left-hand side: xfce4-terminal --geometry 140x20+50+50

  2. lower left-hand corner: xfce4-terminal --geometry 100x40+50+500

  3. upper right-hand corner: xfce4-terminal --geometry 100x40+1500+50
  4. short and wide right hand side: xfce4-terminal --geometry 140x20+1500+500

How to make this setting permanent:

"copy the terminal launcher (terminal's .desktop file) from /usr/share/applications/ to ~/.local/share/applications/ and edit the Exec field accordingly" as mentioned in the answer here.

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