[openbox] Border Behavior and Maximized Windows

dcarroll dennis at rubgrp.com
Mon Jan 4 09:30:56 EST 2010

On 01/02/2010 03:25 PM, Dana Jansens wrote:
> 2009/12/30 dcarroll<dennis at rubgrp.com>:
>> Happy New Year everybody,
>> I am trying - out of idle curiosity - to rationalize Openbox's behavior of
>> drawing borders under different combinations of windows being maximized
>> horizontally, vertically, or both.
>> The behavior doesn't seem to be consistent. If it's correct, I'd be
>> interested in learning why. (Or perhaps I've stumbled upon a bug.)
>> FWIW, I'm running a fully-updated Openbox 3.4.9 under Arch linux. In my
>> Openbox theme, I specify a 1 pixel border width. In my rc.xml, I'm leaving a
>> 5-pixel margin on all sides of the monitor to make sure I don't miss
>> anything.
>> Here's what I've found:
>> 1. Horizontally-maximized window:
>> - loses its left and right borders
>> - perfectly plausible I guess
>> 2. Fully-maximized window:
>> - loses its left, right and bottom borders
>> - again, makes sense.
>> 3. Vertically-maximized window:
>> - doesn't lose its bottom border,
>> - which somehow doesn't seem consistent with the other cases.
>> - can anybody suggest an explanation?
> It's because the bottom border is different from the side borders - it
> has a handle, which is used to resize the window horizontally as well
> as vertically.  At one time that was the only part of the frame that
> could be used for resizing, so maybe it is historical really now, but
> that is why.

Ahhhh. That makes sense. I'll stop obsessing now. I completely forgot 
about the Handle because I never use it anymore, thanks to a certain 
window manager with its really cool custom keybindings and mousebindings.


-- Dennis

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