-width and -height options ignored




Startup and Profile System
17 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: sairuh (rarely reading bugmail), Unassigned)


(Depends on: 1 bug, {helpwanted})


Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: bugday0420)



17 years ago
couldn't find an existing [open] bug on this, so...

i've tried the following command-line options, all of which do nothing to change 
the size of the browser window (which maintains the same size from its previous 

mozilla -height 200
mozilla -width 200
mozilla -height 200 -width 200

am using today's 2000.08.24.08 opt bits on Win98. i don't have access to the 
linux bits today --timeless, pavlov or jrgm, could you see whether these options 
work at all on linux? my guess is that they won't, but ya never know.

so, like if these commands aren't supposed to work as i've issued 'em, pls let 
me know if

1. they ain't implemented. then we should either implement 'em, or pull 'em out.
2. i'm somehow issuing the commands incorrectly. strange, but lemme know the 
correct way. thx!

Comment 1

17 years ago
with gramps on sabbatical, who should be the lucky owner of this bug?
Keywords: nsbeta3

Comment 2

17 years ago
Solaris8Intel build from tuesday's tip doesn't seem to use these params either.

Comment 3

17 years ago
thx, timeless.
Hardware: PC → All

Comment 4

17 years ago
Nav triage team: [nsbeta3-], leaving assigned to Don for the time being.
Whiteboard: [nsbeta3-]

Comment 5

17 years ago
methinks the fix to this might be dependent on fixes for bug 20573...
Depends on: 20573
Since Don has left, Vishy is taking his bugs in bulk, pending reassignment.
Assignee: don → vishy
Netscape Nav triage team: this is not a Netscape beta stopper.
Keywords: helpwanted, nsbeta1-

Comment 8

17 years ago
Could this be implemented anytime soon?  The company I work for is planning to
use mozilla & XUL under Linux for our core borwser component, and it would be
very desirable to have geometry ability from the command line.

Comment 9

17 years ago
-> law
Assignee: vishy → law
Keywords: nsbeta3
Whiteboard: [nsbeta3-]

Comment 10

17 years ago
Marking nsbeta1- bugs as future to get off the radar.
Target Milestone: --- → Future

Comment 11

14 years ago
Since this does not seem to get resolved soon, could someone please change the
reference webpage
accordingly, i.e. deleted the lines involving -height and -width? (And on that
occasion rename Win32 in the Unix/Linux section to Unix/Linux?)
Or should I open a new bug for this?

Comment 12

13 years ago
It's interesting to note that in Debian, the -width and -height arguments
work in the 1.0.0 package and in the 1.5-3 package, but not in the 1.6-5

Comment 13

13 years ago
This bug applies to latest 1.7.6 on WinXP and Linux GTK2+XFT trunk as well.

Note that the following:

mozilla -P profilename -height 768 -width 1024 -browser http://www.google.com

will bring up a Google window 1024px wide and 768px high, but it will be
chromeless in which no keyboard functions for controls, such as ctrl++, ctrl+- &
ctrl+h, do anything at all.
OS: Windows 98 → All

Comment 14

13 years ago
*** Bug 238607 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 15

12 years ago
fwiw, a hack to force mozilla to have a specifc geometry 
(via a mozilla/init.d pluggable shell script) can be find 
at ftp://noc.hep.wisc.edu/pub/src/mozilla

Comment 16

12 years ago
*** Bug 323128 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 17

11 years ago
This bug exists in the Firefox/ (OpenSuSE Linux):

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686 (x86_64); en-GB; rv: Gecko/20060527 SUSE/ Firefox/

My tests show that MOST commandline options are ignored, -width, -height, -ProfileManager, -P <profile>.  This occurs when calling firefix and also when calling firefox-bin directly.

When firefox exits, the following content gets written to localstore.rdf :

<RDF:Description RDF:about="chrome://browser/content/browser.xul#main-window"
                   sizemode="maximized" />

(I hope I copied the correct portion out of the file!)

This is irrespective of the current window geometry.

Hope this helps,


Comment 18

11 years ago
This is, at least in part, related to Bugzilla Bug 317903.  There it is explained that profile commandline options are ignored unless the environment variable MOZ_NO_REMOTE is set to 1 (tcsh: "setenv MOZ_NO_REMOTE 1", bash: "export MOZ_NO_REMOTE=1").  This might also affect other commandline options.

Setting MOZ_NO_REMOTE to 1 has helped in my case to display and enable profiles.

Personally, I think that a warning message should appear to explain that commandline options were ignored and what to do so that they are not!

*** Bug 352328 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


11 years ago
Assignee: law → nobody

Comment 20

11 years ago
*** Bug 364729 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


10 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 388419

Comment 22

10 years ago
MOZ_NO_REMOTE=1 has no effect
MOZ_NO_REMOTE=1 firefox -height 500 -width 400

has no effect.

Comment 23

9 years ago
I confirm that:

  export MOZ_NO_REMOTE=1
  firefox -height 800 -width  600 

...has not effect.

Build identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008072820 Firefox/3.0.1

Comment 24

9 years ago
per bug 444319, turning this into a seamonkey bug.
Component: Cmd-line Features → MailNews: General
Priority: P3 → --
Product: Core → SeaMonkey
QA Contact: bugzilla
Target Milestone: Future → ---
Assignee: nobody → general
Component: MailNews: General → General
QA Contact: general

Comment 25

8 years ago
suggest combining with #20573 per discussion there.


7 years ago
Assignee: general → nobody
Component: General → Startup and Profile System
Product: SeaMonkey → Toolkit
QA Contact: general → startup


7 years ago
Whiteboard: bugday0420

Comment 26

7 years ago
Has this been fixed? It's working for me now, but is undocumented as far as I can tell, and doesn't show up in "firefox --help." So is it working by accident or by design?

Comment 27

7 years ago
I can confirm that it is working in Mozilla Firefox 4.0b6 and that it does not show up in the -help output. This is on a 32-bit Linux system.

Comment 28

5 years ago
Yeah they aren't shown anywhere anymore, so no reason to believe they would work either. 
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME

Comment 29

5 years ago
Whops, indeed they are working. Just not documented.
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