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I installed xdotool by running sudo apt-get install xdotool and throw xdotool key ctrl+alt+t command to open a new terminal window from the current one.But it was not working.

What was the command to open a new terminal window from the current gnome-terminal?

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ctrl + shift + n – wim Jan 6 '14 at 17:57

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Just this command will do:


Normally if you want a command to open from the terminal and separate (so it returns to the prompt without having to close the opened program), you have to use something like this:

gnome-terminal & disown

However the parent terminal seems to detect that the same command is being used so you don't need to do that and gnome-terminal will suffice. This also seems to happen when running xfce4-terminal from Xfce's terminal, konsole from KDE's as well (doesn't seem to work when running xterm from xterm - Running konsole from Gnome/Unity & Xfce's terminal works as well, but for Xfce's terminal in gnome terminal you need xfce4-terminal & disown).

For more visit gnome-terminal's manual page:

 gnome-terminal  [-e,  --command=STRING]   [-x, --execute ]  [--window-with-profile=PROFILENAME]  [--tab-with-profile=PRO‐
       FILENAME]    [--window-with-profile-internal-id=PROFILEID]    [--tab-with-profile-internal-id=PROFILEID]    [--role=ROLE]
       [--show-menubar]   [--hide-menubar]   [--geometry=GEOMETRY]   [--disable-factory]  [-t, --title=TITLE]  [--working-direc‐
       tory=DIRNAME]  [--usage]  [-?, --help]
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You probably want to run it in the background, like that: gnome-terminal &. Otherwise the current terminal will be unusable, as it will be busy running that other one - so you end up with just one usable terminal, which may be missing the point. – Rafał Cieślak Jan 6 '14 at 19:59
On my Ubuntu 13.10 install, that did not appear to be a problem @RafałCieślak - I did think about that :-) – Wilf Jan 6 '14 at 20:02
Interesting. You are apparently right, however, I am not wrong neither :) I've just checked that in details. If I run gnome-terminal while another instance of it is already running (it may be the one I'm using to launch this command) - it indeed finishes immediately, because instead of running a new instance gnome-terminal, it tells that currently running one to open a new window. Tricky. But if I run gnome-terminal from anything else, and there are no other instances of gnome-terminal running, it does as I explained in the previous comment, blocking the terminal used to launch it. – Rafał Cieślak Jan 6 '14 at 20:25
@RafałCieślak - anyway, konsole doesn't seem to need at all... weird. I have no idea why this question/answer is so popular :) – Wilf Apr 22 at 14:34
Thanks very much, if you want to open a terminal with the same directory you could do this, gnome-terminal . – kisanme Jul 7 at 4:58

Command to open new terminal window from the current terminal,

xdotool key ctrl+shift+n

To install xdotool,

sudo apt-get install xdotool
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Ctrl+Shift+T will open a new terminal tab. – GabrielF Jan 6 '14 at 15:15
It is a new terminal... but in a new tab rather than new window. – GabrielF Jan 6 '14 at 15:18
I don't see any reason to use xdotool key ctrl+shift+n while using gnome-terminal you have many other options; see man gnome-terminal in this sense. – Radu Rădeanu Jan 6 '14 at 15:47
Ctrl+Shift+N will open a new terminal window. – Siddhartha Apr 15 at 3:07

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