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I want to use Guake at right monitor.

So I added this ppa by sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cberner/guake, and sudo apt-get update.

https://launchpad.net/~cberner/+archive/guake/+index?field.series_filter=raring

Instruction says that I can set monitor_index somehow. But I couldn't find how to configure.

Does someone know about this?

10 Answers 10

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I use two monitors and wanted Guake to be displayed on the right one (where by default it is displayed on the left one).

What I did was to edit my /usr/bin/guake/ file replacing the get_final_window_rect method with this:

def get_final_window_rect(self):
    """Gets the final size of the main window of guake. The height
    is the window_height property, width is window_width and the
    horizontal alignment is given by window_alignment.
    """
    screen = self.window.get_screen()
    height = self.client.get_int(KEY('/general/window_height'))
    width = 100
    halignment = self.client.get_int(KEY('/general/window_halignment'))

    # get the rectangle just from the first/default monitor in the
    # future we might create a field to select which monitor you
    # wanna use
    monitor = 1 # use the right most monitor
    window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(monitor)
    # see if we don't have another screen, and if so, use the first one
    if window_rect.width == 0:
        monitor = 0
        window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(monitor)
    total_width = window_rect.width
    window_rect.height = window_rect.height * height / 100
    window_rect.width = window_rect.width * width / 100

    if width < total_width:
        if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
            window_rect.x = (total_width - window_rect.width) / 2
            if monitor == 1:
                    right_window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(0)
                    window_rect.x += right_window_rect.width
        elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
            window_rect.x = 0
        elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
            window_rect.x = total_width - window_rect.width
    window_rect.y = 0
    return window_rect

Basically, it uses 1 as the monitor index and later on, adds the right screen width to the start point display of the guake window

hope this helps!

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  • How did you open that file in order to edit it? I did it via xdg-open $file but it opens as read-only.
    – kevin
    Nov 25 '14 at 16:58
  • Any text editor will do, use sudo at the beginning of the command to have admin privileges
    – wilfo
    Nov 25 '14 at 17:02
  • Oddly, this alternates between left and right every time I open it when I set 'Launcher placement' for the left monitor only. Setting it to the right one gets it to work every time.
    – rmobis
    May 19 '15 at 17:32
  • 3
    It's true. Your comment made my install the latest version of Guake (from this ppa: https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+archive/ubuntu/unstable and it seems that they've made it so now that you can choose between the terminal appearing on the screen the mouse is at, or locking it to a specific screen, which I guess is a good enough solution in my opinion
    – wilfo
    May 20 '15 at 11:28
  • @wilfo's comment identifying the updates from the original developers provides the simplest solution. The built in features of Guake 0.7.2 add the ability to set the display as well as many other useful settings. Jun 23 '15 at 14:10
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Good news!

On version 0.8.5, Guake will be displayed on the active monitor, so you don't have to tweak the Guake code anymore.

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  • version 0.5.0 (the one in ubuntu repo) supports it as well: apt-get install --only-upgrade guake
    – Klesun
    Dec 7 '16 at 13:57
2

The solution is very simple, as you want to align your Guake screen to your right hand side monitor so in starting position (x, y) of screen, y co-ordinate is going to be same i.e. it will start from 0 but x coordinate will change and it should be equal to width of you left side monitor. To be able to do this you need to do 2 things.

I. Change monitor number to 1, as suggested above. In line

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(0)

Replace 0 by 1.

II. Add first screen width in x position of starting co-ordinate. to do this.

Replace

if width < total_width:
    if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
        window_rect.x = (total_width - window_rect.width) / 2
    elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
        window_rect.x = 0
    elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
        window_rect.x = total_width - window_rect.width
window_rect.y = 0
return window_rect

By

if width < total_width:
     if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
         window_rect.x += (total_width - window_rect.width) / 2
     elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
         window_rect.x += 0
     elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
         window_rect.x += total_width - window_rect.width
window_rect.y = 0
return window_rect

Once you do these changes and restart guake (Quit and start again), You should get the desired alignment of Guake screen.

Hope this helps :)

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I also made this a question: guake at right side monitor in dual display environment - Ubuntu 15.10(Wily Werewolf))

In Ubuntu 15.10 guake has changed a little bit. To change your terminal to the right monitor you have to edit:

sudo vim /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/guake/guake_app.py

then change in line 831:

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(monitor)

by:

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(1)

kill and restart guake

Anyone knows a way to do this less hacky?

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As lalit said, the best way I found to do this on ubuntu 14.04LTS was changing

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(0)

to

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(0)

but changing

    if width < total_width:
    if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
        window_rect.x = (total_width - window_rect.width) / 2
    elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
        window_rect.x = 0
    elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
        window_rect.x = total_width - window_rect.width
window_rect.y = 0
return window_rect

to

 if width < total_width:
     if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
         window_rect.x += total_width + (total_width - window_rect.width) / 2
     elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
         window_rect.x += 0
     elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
         window_rect.x += total_width - window_rect.width
window_rect.y = 0
return window_rect

The only difference its in the first "if", without adding "total_width" to "window_rect.x" guake appears in the middle of my left monitor.

P.S: Sorry Lalit but I cannot add a comment to your post since I have no points yet =(

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The solution by wilfo doesn't work to me. In my case i solved on Linux Mint with the following code:

def get_final_window_rect(self):
    """Gets the final size of the main window of guake. The height
    is the window_height property, width is window_width and the
    horizontal alignment is given by window_alignment.
    """
    screen = self.window.get_screen()
    height = self.client.get_int(KEY('/general/window_height'))
    width = 100
    halignment = self.client.get_int(KEY('/general/window_halignment'))

    # future we might create a field to select which monitor you
    # wanna use
    #monitor = 0 # use the left most monitor
    monitor = screen.get_n_monitors() - 1 # use the right most monitor

    monitor_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(monitor)
    window_rect = monitor_rect.copy()
    window_rect.height = window_rect.height * height / 100
    window_rect.width = window_rect.width * width / 100

    if width < monitor_rect.width:
        if halignment == ALIGN_CENTER:
            window_rect.x = monitor_rect.x + (monitor_rect.width - window_rect.width) / 2
        elif halignment == ALIGN_LEFT:
            window_rect.x = monitor_rect.x
        elif halignment == ALIGN_RIGHT:
            window_rect.x = monitor_rect.x + monitor_rect.width - window_rect.width

    window_rect.y = monitor_rect.y
    return window_rect

I take it from here, but i changed 80 to 100.

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I haven't tested this but I think you can just edit /usr/bin/guake since it is a python script.

Find

window_rect = screen.get_monitor_geometry(0) #line 824 on my machine

and change the 0 to the index of the monitor you want guake to display in.

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    I edited the line 0 to 1 in /usr/lib/guake/guake.py. And restart guake, but nothing changes.
    – ironsand
    Apr 8 '14 at 23:45
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Just to add to smartmouse and wilfo's answers, once you make the change to /usr/bin/guake you then have to to a hard restart. Logging out of the guake session does not end the Guake process.

Open system monitor and kill the guake application process then restart

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I had to change this on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with 2 monitors.

I was trying the above methods but realized the code had changed since. I went into ~/.gconf/apps/guake/general and edited %gconf.xml and changed display_n (int) from 0 to 1 for my 2nd monitor.

Hope this helps :)

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I try in Ubuntu 14.04, I found you just need to click "Preferences" at guake icon (right top screen) in either monitor, then click "Show" in the same monitor, then you can see guake terminal pop out at the monitor you are using !!!

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  • It's not clear (at least to me) how this approach will "set monitor_index" Could you edit this answer to clarify how it answers the question? Thank you!
    – Elder Geek
    Feb 8 '17 at 14:19

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