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Text is too near the edge of the screen, I'd like to allow a small 10 pixel padding on all sides to comfort my eyes. Is this possible? I'm using guake.

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guake is a python script so you can simply edit it.

  1. Open the guake script in your favorite text editor (gedit, or vim or whatever you use):

    sudo emacs /usr/bin/guake
  2. Find this line:

    width = 100

    It should be in the get_final_window_rect(self) function, on my guake it is line 821.

  3. Change that to :

    width = 99

    then save the file.

  4. Close and restart guake:

    guake -q && guake &

The best I could come up with for adding a padding was to add a border around the guake window, not exactly what you need but it might be a decent workaround. Edit the file /usr/share/guake/, go to the <widget class="GtkNotebook" id="notebook-teminals"> section and change this line (line 24 in my version):

<property name="show_border">False</property>


<property name="show_border">True</property>

This has the effect of adding a border around the glade window which acts kinda like adding padding. not perfect, but it might do for a workaround.

Another (uglier) option is to change

 <property name="decorated">False</property>


<property name="decorated">True</property>

on line 11, in <widget class="GtkWindow" id="window-root">. That will make guake look like a normal window so again, there will be space between the edge of the screen and glade. Of course, if you are willing to do that, you may as well use a normal terminal emulator and avoid this entire issue.

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As much as admire this quick hack, the overlay isn't applied to the whole window. I edited line 821. – Michelle May 16 '13 at 9:58
What overlay? On my system that simply makes the window smaller in all directions resulting in a space between he edge of the window and the endges of the screen. Isn't that what you wanted? – terdon May 16 '13 at 10:01
No, I just wanted a padding not a margin. – Michelle May 16 '13 at 10:22
@WearetheWorld updated my answer with a couple of (ugly) workarounds. – terdon May 16 '13 at 11:02
I would have raise an upvote army on this. Stupid world! – Sepehr Lajevardi Apr 22 '15 at 7:49

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