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I'm running Eclipse on a Linux server and I'm displaying it locally through xwindow forwarding using xming. Whenever I create something like a subwindow (like opening project properties or the Project Explorer when when pulled out of the main window), these windows are not resizable. When running natively on Linux, the resize is possible without a problem. As some of the subwindows are too small to be viewed properly, this can be quite problematic.

Any idea what might help?

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I have just same problem using Xming & Eclipse. To solve this problem, you can manually edit Workspace/.metadata/.plugins/*/dialog_settings.xml.

You can find problematic value doing like :

$ cd workspace/.metadata/.plugins
$ grep WIDTH */*.xml


$ grep HEIGHT */*.xml

Doing this, you can easily find too small/big values.

I think Xming is great work, but I have some personal reason to not to donate this.

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Thanks Hiroyoshi Kurohara - this is exactly what I needed. I am using Eclipse Kepler on Linux, via Xming. I edited workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.ui.workbench.texteditor/dialog_settings‌​.xml This has a section for "org.eclipse.ui.texteditor.FindReplaceDialog_dialogBounds" In that section there are values for DIALOG_WIDTH and DIALOG_HEIGHT. Edit these values, start eclipse, and you will find the Find/Replace dialog has been resized. – user322193 May 12 '14 at 9:45

The solution suggested below works!

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Donate 10 hard earned pounds.

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Start your eclipse and enjoy the sweet sweet satisfaction of being able to resize your child windows!

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That almost sounds like Shareware. I don't really intend to pay for something like "1 (or n) additional feature(s)" – private_meta Jun 24 '11 at 19:07
Then you will never fix this problem. I have used xming for 3 years, so I think it only fair that I contribute at least something. On the flip side I can understand that at this point you aren't willing to donate as you can't see a return of investment... Come back to this thread in 3 years :) – John Jun 29 '11 at 6:25

I seem to have found a better solution for it, there's an open alternative to Xming called VcXsrv, which seems to be active at the moment. And yes, its latest version allows resizing child windows without issue.

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In case edition of org.eclipse.ui.workbench.texteditor/dialog_settings.xml fil eis overriden by Eclipse again and again, the solution is to first close Eclipse, then edit the file and finally eliminate write permissions (as root) prior to restart Eclipse:

chmod -v a-w org.eclipse.ui.workbench.texteditor/dialog_settings.xml

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