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Dear Lazyweb: Mac Terminal Question [Apr. 23rd, 2010|10:49 am]
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I like to use the Bitstream Vera Sans Mono font at 14 points in my Terminal. It's the right size and is easy on my eyes. (Rhyme.)

I also like an 80 x 24 terminal. Many programs I use agree.

When I maximize the terminal with the little green button, and then minimize it again, it goes to 79 x 24 instead. This sets off my compulsive brain and I need to manually resize it. Plus, some software will bitch and say "need 80 columns at least!" or just look crummy.

I can change fonts or resize and the problem goes away. But I don't WANT to change fonts or resize.

Do any Mac wizards out there have a solution?

I remain always your faithful servant &c. &c.

[User Picture]From: darkuncle
2010-04-23 06:00 pm (UTC)

save a window group

I am similarly OCD about my terms. I have 9 desktops set in spaces, and desktops 4 and 5 are for terms. desktop 4 has 4 100x24 terms, and desktop 5 has 2 100x48 terms with 4 tabs a piece (lots of use of screen as well, etc.)

Once I got my font, transparency, colors, etc. all set the way I wanted, I saved those settings as a default (Terminal -> preferences). Then I opened up all the terms I typically use, in their proper sizes and locations, and when everything was set, did "terminal -> window -> save windows as group ..." and checked "use window group when terminal starts".

this doesn't exactly solve your resize-to-the-wrong-size issue, but I had the same problem myself initially, and solved it by simply having two sets of terms - an 80x25-ish set that stays that size, and a larger set that's suitable for writing code or scrolling logs, etc. I end up doing more of my work in the larger 100x48 set, now that I've discovered tabbed terminals.

you probably knew most of this already, but maybe the thought process will be helpful.
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From: jpeace
2010-04-23 06:33 pm (UTC)
Why don't you *quiver* file a bug report with Apple?



oh god *drops dead*
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[User Picture]From: n_by_nw
2010-04-23 08:54 pm (UTC)

Don't touch that!

Respected Sir,

I cannot answer your question. However, I will say this: the little green button is not a "maximize" button--on this point the Gods themselves agree. But what *is* it? No one knows. Don't use the little green button if you value your sanity, sir.

Yours, etc.

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[User Picture]From: substitute
2010-04-24 12:56 am (UTC)

Re: Don't touch that!

Dear LORD. I had no idea the thing had this terrible history. Why have I allowed it in my house?
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[User Picture]From: rpkrajewski
2010-04-24 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm, works fine for me here if I resize a window to 80x24, hit the green button twice, then I get 80x24 again.

Could it be the font? Try Menlo Regular, which is the Apple-tweaked version of Vera Sans Mono in Snow Leopard. I also like to tighten up the spacing a little: Character Spacing at 0.88, and Line Spacing at 0.96.
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