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I've seen this answer and this one. I think I've done what they say to do, but I'm still having trouble.

I've copied /usr/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop to ~/.local/share/applications/. I then edited that file to look like this

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Use the command line

[New Shortcut Group]
Name=New Terminal

[NewDev Shortcut Group]
Name=New Development Terminal
Exec=gnome-terminal --window-with-profile=Development

I then chowned the file to make me the owner instead of root. I closed all my terminals and removed the terminal icon from the launcher.

Now, if I open Terminal from the dash, I get a new launcher icon which has the new quicklist. But if I press Ctrl + Alt + T, it opens a different terminal icon, which doesn't have the quicklist.

What's worse is that if I keep the new icon in the launcher and then close all terminals, using the new quicklist opens a new terminal with the correct profile, but with a new icon without the quicklist.

I made a video here of some of the weird behavior.

I also tried editing the /usr/share/applications/ file directly, but that didn't work at all. I got no new quicklist, and clicking on the launcher icon wouldn't load a terminal at all.

What am I doing wrong in creating quicklists?

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There doesn't appear anything wrong with your .desktop. – doug Oct 27 '11 at 2:38
Sorry about 2 comments - don't get how they work here. Anyway - Try removing your current launcher icon, then log out/in. After that browse to ~/.local/share/applications & drag that .desktop you created on to the launcher. (All my terminal quicklists are controlled by the same icon, as is Crtl+Alt+T – doug Oct 27 '11 at 2:47
@doug Just tried this. When I use the quicklist to open a new profile Terminal it opens in a new launcher icon. Ctrl + Alt + T also opens in a new launcher icon. – Kris Harper Oct 27 '11 at 23:02
Can't dup that here, it sounds like you're getting a new process for each of your variations, this would give you new 'running' icons. Have you checked that? – doug Oct 28 '11 at 1:38
@doug I don't think it's spawning a new process, because the old icon never has anything running. All of the terminals get grouped into one icon. I made a video here showing some of the behavior. – Kris Harper Oct 28 '11 at 2:16
up vote 2 down vote accepted

What I think you should try is this -

Open your custom gnome-terminal.desktop in a text editor

Remove this line & it's space entirely, then save. You may want to then do a log out/in & try again

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I'll try this when I get home, but that line is there in the default .desktop file. The only lines I changed are X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=New;NewDev and the last five lines. – Kris Harper Oct 28 '11 at 20:55
Wow, this worked! Thank you very much. – Kris Harper Oct 28 '11 at 22:29
It's 'okay' for that line to be in the installed .desktop, not so when it's in an alternate location. This will also affect other modded .desktop, nautilus-home is another – doug Oct 29 '11 at 0:14

Its not a problem with quicklists, Ctrl + Alt + T appears to be hard coded to the gnome-terminal command. I confirmed this by creating a gnome-terminal symlink in my ~/bin and binding it to a different executable.

To work around this you can create your own short cut with your custom command in System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Custom Shortcuts, as the system commands cannot be edited save for changing the shortcut keys

This will disable the current Terminal Launcher shortcut, if you use the same command.

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It's more than that though. Once I have my quicklist working, if I use it to open a new profile terminal, it will open in another launcher icon. Strangely, this only happens if there aren't any terminal windows open, otherwise it'll just join the currently open terminal icon. – Kris Harper Oct 27 '11 at 1:11

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