I am trying to make my desktop larger than my screen, thus making my screen a "viewport". When I run:

xrandr --output LVDS --mode 1280x800 --fb 1600x1600 --panning 800x600

My desktop increases in size when I run this command, but my screen does not pan when I move the mouse to the edge

What is wrong and how can I fix it?

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It seems like the default window manager in ubuntu 11.10 is compiz and that it doesnt support panning viewports. Because its interaction model is tied to workspaces and switching between them I think.


It's probably because your panning area is smaller than the actual physical screen. Try something like:

xrandr --output LVDS --mode 1280x800 --fb 1600x1600 --panning 1600x1600

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