I have a very interesting issue with xfce4-terminal and I don't know how to fix.

The geometry settings are scaled extremely small. By that, I mean I have a geometry of 80 cols by 40 cols and I get a window that is effectively 27x3 (see below), which I think is the very minimum it will open. If I specify 120x80, it's roughly the same.

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However, if I change the settings in preferences to something outrageous like 5000x750 I get a normal sized window that doesn't need to be resized to be workable in. This happens regardless if I set it in preferences or I launch it from CLI with the --geometry flag:

/usr/local/bin/xfce4-terminal --geometry 5000x750

I am using the Monospaced 12pt regular font, but I have tried changing to others to see if it had any effect, but nothing gives.

I don't have this issue in Xterm - I get an 80x40 window when I launch it. I also don't have this issue with any other application that I lauch; just xfce4-terminal.

If anyone knows how I can fix this, I would be greatly appreciative.

FreeBSD 11.1, Xfce 4.12.

  • This might be a bug nearly identical to sourceforge.net/p/roxterm/bugs/125 caused by GTK 3 changing how their APIs work
    – Ivan Kozik
    Dec 30, 2017 at 14:40
  • @IvanKozik- Wow...quite similar, though what's confusing is it's not using pixels as my resolution is 2560x1600. I have to specify a pixel (colxrow) size over nearly 2x my resolution for less than a 1/4 of my actual screen.
    – Allan
    Dec 30, 2017 at 15:11

1 Answer 1


I was able to solve the issue by uninstalling and reinstalling the software. Since it was originally installed via ports, I just issued the commands (as root)

# cd /usr/ports/x11/xfce4-terminal/
# make deinstall

Then reinstall

# make install clean

The interesting thing was it was a re-installation of the same version (not an upgrade) - v0.8.6.

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