[arch-general] Emacs 23 window resize on startup

Christian Himpel chressie at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 30 10:34:25 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 15:37, <andre.ramaciotti at gmail.com> wrote:
> At Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:15:46 +0200,
> Edgar Kalkowski wrote:
>> Hello list!
>> I know this is not an Arch specific question but I thought maybe something similar occurred to someone here and he knows a solution.
>> I just updated to Emacs 23 which has new fancy font code with antialiasing etc. However the default font of 12pt is way too big for my taste. So I changed it to 10pt and saved the configuration to my ~/.emacs file.
>> Everything works fine -- the font is smaller now -- but: Every time I start Emacs now the window first resizes to the dimensions that would be needed by the old (bigger) font. The (yet empty) window is then displayed and layouted by the window manager (KDE 4’s kwin). I configured it to center all new windows by default because I like it that way. Then the Emacs window resizes itself to match the new (smaller) font and the window is no longer centered!
>> This may seem like a minor issue and I know it is. But it nevertheless annoys me and I did not find a way to change this behaviour! Is there a way to do so? Emacs should just first resize the window to match the font size the user has actually configured and then display the window!
>> Greetings!
>> Edgar
> I have a similar problem, but it's the opposite: I use a tiling WM, so Emacs starts maximized and then, when it changes the font, it grows beyond the screen border. I'd like to hear if someone knows a solution.
> Greetings,
> Andre


as a workaround, until someone comes up with a nice lisp solution, you
can set the font for emacs in your ~/.Xresources (or whatever you call

For example:

$ cat >> .Xresources << EOF
Emacs*font: Terminus 10
$ xrdb -merge .Xresources

At least it works for me (and my tiling wm).


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