Is there something I could add to the Exec line ìn gummi.desktop which would do the trick?

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=LaTeX Editor
Comment=Simple LaTeX Editor
Exec=gummi %F





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Please Note: the answer below will work with window managers such as xfwm4, metacity, and others, but will not with compiz, because of the way the desktop and windows are handled (being divided into viewports). As mhc noted, you will have to use ccsm, as explained in comment above, and refer to this askubuntu answer.

You don't need to add anything to the .desktop file, just edit the config file in your home folder.

Find $HOME/.config/gummi/gummi.cfg and set the dimensions to your screen size and it will launch maximised. The dimensions will vary according to your maximum resolution; for example they could be 1280x1024, 1920x1080, etc.

Here is the original section in $HOME/.config/gummi/gummi.cfg.

config_version = 0.6.1
mainwindow_x = 244
mainwindow_y = 233
mainwindow_w = 792
mainwindow_h = 558

As an example, I would change 792 and 558 to 1280 and 1024, so that it would launch maximised next time. Edit the file and then relaunch gummi. Whatever you put in will be adjusted by the program when it launches, so don't worry about specifying the exact values.

If you mess up the configuration file, just delete it and it will be respawned when gummi launches.

You could also use devilspie, which is in the repositories.

sudo apt-get install devilspie

Now create a ~/.devilspie folder if it doesn't already exist, and create a profile for gummi, so that when gummi runs, it will trigger devilspie to maximise the window. Name the file gummi.ds and place this in it:

; gummi maximise

(if (is (window_class) "Gummi") (maximize) )

However, devilspie must be added to startup applications, as it needs to be running.

It is worth trying devilspie as it is a very useful application for manipulating chosen windows, but may not work if you are running compiz.

  • no dice. set mainwindow_w/h to my max. (and current) resolution, also set mainwindow_x/y to 0. any further ideas? was it a good idea setting mainwindow_x/y to 0? Mar 31, 2013 at 5:00
  • or - does it require a reboot? (or logout-log-back-in) Mar 31, 2013 at 5:01
  • @nuttyaboutnatty I edited it- the mainwindow_x, y weren't supposed to be 0. It does work for me- just put your current resolution for the mainwindow w and h and save the file. Then relaunch gummi. Perhaps you have a different window manager than me; I'm on Xfce using xfwm4.
    – user76204
    Mar 31, 2013 at 10:56
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    @nuttyaboutnatty You can leave it as it is, and remember you can delete it in the future if you ever encounter any problems.
    – user76204
    Mar 31, 2013 at 11:37
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    @nuttyaboutnatty In my edit I mention devilspie, which is worth trying.
    – user76204
    Apr 6, 2013 at 0:11

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