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I love Guake drop-down terminal, but it has an annoying issue. When I use many tabs, I hate when the tab names rename each time I execute a command or navigate in one of them. I want to rename any tab and maintain the name in all sessions. For instance, when I use Midnight Commander and I enter in a long path folder, the tab expands and it's horrible. I see tab name mc [user@machine_name]:/weird/long/infinite/path when I navigate to /weird/long/infinite/path folder.

Can I have always the same name for each tab, even when renaming it manually?

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just run

gconftool-2 --set /apps/guake/general/use_vte_titles --type boolean false

and restart your terminal,

easy as pie(3.14)

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I have found a way to disable the annoying renaming. I found in my guake Python script (in version 0.4.3-3) in lines 996 to 1002:

def on_terminal_title_changed(self, vte, box):
    use_them = self.client.get_bool(KEY("/general/use_vte_titles"))
    if not use_them:
    page = self.notebook.page_num(box)

As the script shows, /general/use_vte_titles key prevents the autorenaming feature. It is Guake uses GConf to configure his options (explanation). I had to install gconf-editor package to edit Guake options executing sudo apt-get install gconf-editor. Then I executed gconf-editor, I browsed to /apps/guake/general and unmarked use_vte_titles key. Closed the editor. Next time I executed Guake the autorenaming feature was disabled.

Now, all the tabs are named Terminal and if I rename one, it still named all the session with the same name. It would be helpful to add this key into the Guake preferences dialogue. But this solution worked anyway.

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Is it possible to do it with gsettings on the commandline? – qed Nov 8 '14 at 21:21
@qed should work like that: gconftool --set /apps/guake/general/use_vte_titles --type boolean true – chsymann May 13 '15 at 9:02

On the command line:

vim ~/.gconf/apps/guake/general/%gconf.xml

There should be an entry something like this:

<entry name="use_vte_titles" mtime="1404143215" type="bool" value="true"/>

Just change it to:

<entry name="use_vte_titles" mtime="1404143215" type="bool" value="false"/>

Save the file and restart guake.

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Consider simply shortening the terminal title. The algorithm is defined in .bashrc, the terminal title will be respected by Guake as you have noticed:

My .bashrc contains the following:

# If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir
case "$TERM" in
    PROMPT_COMMAND='PS1X=$(pwd | sed -r "s-^$HOME/--;s-^$HOME-~-;s-^(.[^/]*)/.*/-\1/.../-")'

The host name is not shown anymore, and only the first and the last path component is shown:

$HOME -> ~

$HOME/some/deep/sub/dir -> some/.../dir

/usr/local/deeply/inside/there -> /usr/.../there

With this setting, the tab buttons are narrow enough but still contain useful information.

See also:

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It is a good option, but my question was 'Can I have always the same name for each tab, even when renaming it manually?'. It can be achieved with my approach. – logoff Jun 3 '13 at 12:49

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