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on windows I have command

title new title name

is it possible on Ubuntu?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

In 10.04 go to Edit > Profile Preferences and select the "Title and Command" tab and change:

Initial title: any_title_you_like

When title commands set their own titles: Keep initial title enter image description here

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+1 for "Keep Initial Title" – theTuxRacer May 2 '11 at 13:46

Use xtitle (not installed by default):

xtitle new title name
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That did not work on Ubuntu 10.04. – theTuxRacer May 2 '11 at 12:56
Works here on 10.04 after installing xtitle – Florian Diesch May 2 '11 at 14:21
will it work with lxterminal? – dsaint May 11 '11 at 15:17
I guess so. It uses a control sequence introduced by xterm and works with most terminal emulators I used so far - but I've never used lxterminal so I don't know for sure. – Florian Diesch May 11 '11 at 16:08
This is the one I want but it doesn't seem to be working, at least under 11.04 - see… – paxdiablo Jan 6 '12 at 1:25

Just click Terminal > Set Title in your Terminal.

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  • Assuming that by title you mean the text shown in the Titlebar: If you use the gnome-terminal, you can goto Menu > Terminal > Title. It will ask you to set the title for the terminal. However, the name will be lost after you close the terminal.

  • Assuming you want to change the name@hosts:~$ bit because of a mis-spelling. Well, thats a wee lil' bit complicated. There are three parts to it, your username, your hostname, and the current directory. You can change the username by executing

    usermod --login NewUserName

    You can change the hostname by editing the contents of the /etc/hostname. Just type

    sudo nano --nonewlines /etc/hostname

    And third, your current directory environment variable will keep changing according to the well, current directory :p

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