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How can I make a shortcut in the Unity taskbar (the one on the left side of the screen) that starts iotop in the terminal?

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You can create a shortcut and start a terminal with a command foocommand like that:

gnome-terminal -x foocommand

If you e.g. want to run iotop use:

gnome-terminal -x iotop
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Perhaps the best solution would be to add gnome-terminal to the launcher and then add a quicklist (right-click menu) to open a iotop terminal, like in this answer:

Things like this is obviously going to become much easier in the future. Let's hope the future comes quickly! :)

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