Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 29 hours ago

#338 closed usability (Invalid)

Snow Leopard X11 (2.3.4) doesn't pass geometry information for non-standard windows

Reported by: sarahbmost@… Owned by: jeremyhu@…
Priority: Important Milestone: OSX
Component: X11.pkg Version: 2.3.4 (xserver-1.4.2-apple45)
Keywords: Cc: sarahbmost@…, sscanner@…


I just upgraded to Snow Leopard (late to the party, I know). The new X11 included a pretty annoying bug: it doesn't pass the correct geometry information to new ssh sessions.

For example, I use the following command every day to open a window into my linux box:

xterm -sb -leftbar -bg lightgoldenrod -fg black -geometry 120x50+40+40 -e ssh -2 -Y &

Under Leopard, this correctly generated a 120x50 session. Under Snow Leopard, however, the geometry information never makes it to the remote machine, which thinks it's an 80x25 session instead of a 120x50 session.

There is also weirdness with reattaching 'screen' sessions -- they always default to 80x25.

I have found discussion of this problem in a few places:

But no solutions have been posted. I searched x11-users and the bug reports here but found nothing.

Given how much I use X11, I may have to downgrade back to Leopard, which would be a terrible sadness.

Thanks for any help you can provide.


Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by sarahbmost@…

  • Cc sarahbmost@… added

Cc Me!

comment:2 follow-up: Changed 5 years ago by jeremyhu@…

This is not an X11 bug. Please report it at

comment:3 in reply to: ↑ 2 Changed 5 years ago by sarahbmost@…

Replying to jeremyhu@…:

This is not an X11 bug. Please report it at

Are you sure? It turns out I get this on x11 xterms into my own computer, not just remote sessions. If I open a new xterm which is bigger than 80x25, and then type "pico foo", I get the following:

Which is obviously wrong! Before Snow Leopard, I would get a pico session that correctly took up the whole window.

If this is an Apple bug and not an X11 bug, it may go uncaught as I tried to use the bug reporter you note above and was told I didn't have access to it.

Thanks for any help you can provide.


comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by jeremyhu@…

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Yes, I am certain it is not an X11 bug.

The same binaries run on Leopard do not exhibit this problem.

Search the xquartz-dev or x11-users mailing list for the workaround.

comment:5 Changed 29 hours ago by sscanner@…

  • Cc sscanner@… added

Cc Me!

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