gedit: cannot change edit window size with mouse.

Asked by Richard Blake on 2014-01-12

After working via ssh from a very small machine the screen size of gedit has reduced to a
wide but not tall patch. Cannot change this with mouse. Fullscreen mode works ok.

Question: which config file should I patch to fix? Has not this desktop become too complicated
for serious use? Smallest finger or click error can take an hour to repair. Over elaborate
tools actually reduce usability.


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Were you using gedit over SSH to edit a file and caused the issue?

What is the output of :

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy gedit


Richard Blake (blake-t) said : #2

Hi, Thanks for your request for more info. Yes, I was using gedit over ssh to edit a file.

The output of

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy gedit


No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux HP 3.2.0-58-generic #88-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 3 17:40:43 UTC 2013 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
  Installed: 3.4.1-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.4.1-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.4.1-0ubuntu1 0
        500 precise/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

My barely coherent post for help came right before closing down for the night. On restarting today the
problem had cleared. The window sizes were as for last night, but it was possible to resize them with the mouse.


Why not just use nano, doesnt need an x server at all and is default installed. Makes more sense than a GUI application and will be faster as it doesnt have to spawn any GUI stuff. You have all you need in the terminal.

Richard Blake (blake-t) said : #4

That seems to be the way to go. Thanks.