GNOME Terminal (often titled only "Terminal") is the default terminal emulator included in Ubuntu.

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su command + authentication failure

I am having problems with the su command. I know my password and I am typing it correctly but su indicates authentication failure. So I checked on the internet and then went into recovery mode and ...
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How do I deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings in gnome-terminal?

How can I turn off the F1 (help) and F10 (notifications menu) key bindings? First one I need for screen utility and second to exit mc in console. There are no such key bindings in the Keyboard ...
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Making Ctrl+C copy text in gnome-terminal?

Is it possible for me to make Ctrl+C perform a copy command if there is highlighted text in the terminal? Otherwise, it should retain its normal behavior. (If there is a terminal that can do this ...
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How to reset the terminal properties and preferences?

I fooled around with the colors and stuff, in the terminal, and now want to go back to the maroon and white default config of the the terminal. What files do I have to delete?
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How to change Gnome-Terminal title?

I have several instances of terminals running in my working environment, what I would like is to set a specific title for each one, in order to have a clear idea what purpose the specific terminal ...
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Can not paste into Gnome Terminal from Netbeans

When I copy something from another window then my terminal and want to paste it into my terminal (on the command line) the paste option in Edit is grayed out. Ctrl+V does not work in GNOME Terminal ...
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How to use commands with parameters that start with a dash “-”?

This may be a simple question, but how do I use files starting with "-" with command line programs? For example, I am trying to use pdfgrep on a file named -2013-01-01.pdf but it complains that ...
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How to set the terminal to open maximized

I want to tell compiz, metacity, the gnome-terminal or whoever is in charge to open the terminal window maximized by default. How can I do that?
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Setting nautilus-open-terminal to launch Terminator rather than gnome-terminal

The nautilus-open-terminal package adds a menu/right-click option to open a terminal in the current directory. I want to change this from opening gnome-terminal to opening terminator. There is some ...
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Is there a good mono-spaced font for Devanagari script in the Terminal?

All the terminal fonts I have tried result in inaccurate rendering of the Devanagari sript (and/or Roman script) in the Terminal In the Devanagari script, a vowel binds itself to a preceding ...
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Run simple bash script to start applications at login

I want to run a simple bash script automatically when I log in. For example #!/bin/bash echo "start spotify" gnome-terminal -e spotify --title spotify When I run this command, one gnome-terminal ...
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How to disable the alt-hotkey behavior on gnome terminal?

This is not just gnome terminal, but pretty much all gnome windows: When you hold the "alt" key, you can press the first letter of one of the menu items. This will let you scroll that menu without ...
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Backspace, Tab, Del and arrow keys not working in terminal (using ssh)

When I ssh into another Ubuntu machine with my account (with sudo permissions), my backspace key generates some awkward symbols on pressing. Also Tab, Del and Arrow keys don't work. On the other ...
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How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile". And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ ...
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Repeat a command every x interval of time in terminal?

How can I repeat a command every interval of time , so that it will allow me to run commands for checking or monitoring directories ? There is no need for a script, i need just a simple command ...
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Dynamic line wrapping in the GNOME Terminal

How can you get the lines in the GNOME Terminal to wrap dynamically when you resize the window?
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Terminal command autocomplete

I'm currently trying to switch from OpenSUSE to Ubuntu as my main OS. While most of opensuse features is there in ubuntu, there is one feature that doesn't. In Opensuse, I can always use Ctrl+Up to ...
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How to start a terminal with certain text already input on the command-line?

Rather than rephrasing my question, let me describe to you the desired user-case: I create a short shell-script to run command "gnome-terminal --someoptionflagname 'my text to be posted'", and ...
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Keyboard shortcut to focus on (idle) terminal

I would like to know, if there is possible to use keyboard shortcut to focus on first idle (non working) terminal window in unity (13.10)? Something like Ctr+Alt+T, but before opening the new instance ...
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How to automate starting terminal instances for specific tasks

I'm going through some programming tutorials and for every session, I have to start up at least 3 terminal windows (one for a log file tail, one for testing output, one for running various shell ...
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Command-line to switch between profiles in gnome-terminal

I created a new profile for gnome-terminal and I can switch between "Implicit" profile and the new created profile as you can see in the below image: Now I wonder how can I switch between profiles ...
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Show recent modified/created files using Terminal

Is there any command to display the recently modified/created files? Which one...?
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How can I make a list with most used commands in terminal?

How can I make a list with most used commands in terminal? I know that this question may be unuseful for any future proposals for some of us, but even like this, the list can be useful when we don't ...
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Where is 'open in terminal'?

I'm trying to figure out where is 'open in terminal' when right clicking inside a folder? Last time I used it was in Ubuntu 10.10 and since upgrading have no luck with it. I gave up on Unity and ...
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Add terminal session with network to login in screen

I want to add a terminal Xsession to the log in drop down screen. Can anyone let me know how to do this? No desktop, load only terminal with network support. Booting in recovering from grub lets me ...
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Remove a terminal command

Is it possible to remove a terminal command? For example, if there was a command call lookup (not an alias), how would I go about removing it?
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Merge split terminal tab back into one terminal

In a terminal window, I can use File > Open Tab to get two tabs in the same window. Then, if I move the terminal up to the top of the OS, those two tabs become two separated windows. How can I merge ...
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Open any file using terminal window [duplicate]

I just want to know some commands so that I can open some files using terminal window. for example: how to open pdf files using terminal?
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How to see the details which Ubuntu shows at the time of login anytime?

When I login to my ubuntu system, it show me this this message, How can I see it any time? I tried to run . .bashrc but it didn't worked. Welcome to Ubuntu 12.10 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-24-virtual ...
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Is there a way to left-click links in gnome-terminal or am I out of luck?

I'm using irssi hosted on a remote computer for IRC, and it'd be super helpful not to have to hold Control or right-click every single link (so I can avoid multiple clicks or multiple hands). At this ...
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How to update Ubuntu terminal?

How to update Ubuntu terminal?
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The fastest way to create a file from a terminal

What is the simplest way to create a file using a command-line? Usually I use: touch filename But is this the simplest/fastest way?
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Why does gnome-terminal $TERM display xterm

I'm trying to get the solarized color scheme in my terminal and am working through some tutorials online. I have run across the $TERM environment variable that from my understanding is the current ...
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Gedit Embedded Terminal Uses Incorrect Palette

I've followed the advice to turn off "use-theme-colors" and also set a custom background color in my embedded gedit terminal. But somehow, the palette setting is ignored and colors show as only black ...
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How to change the default graphical terminal from VT7? [closed]

The Gnome desktop environment starts in VT7 by dafault. How do I change it to start in VT12? I have already tried editing /etc/default/console-setup to specify active terminals as 1-11, and then ...
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Pasting paths into gnome-terminal

How can I paste the path to a file or folder into the terminal. When I try to do this, it pastes the path as file:///home/user/path/file. How can I make it paste as a normal path. Guake terminal does ...
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How to make selected tab in terminal more prominent

Something about the color scheme changed in 11.04, and now it's very difficult for me to tell which tab is the selected one. On my screen, the colors look more similar the further down I slouch in ...
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Write command in one terminal, see result on other one

I want to run a command foo on one terminal and pass the result to another terminal. Is it possible to do this ?
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Bash history handling with multiple terminals

I use mainly Terminator, and it's usually opened with 3 split terminal windows. I also use Gnome terminal for various reasons. I'm wondering how is bash history handled in this case as I sometimes ...
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Is there an alternative to gnome-terminal?

Are there any terminals that can serve as an alternative to gnome-terminal. Do these alternatives have other/extra features ?
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Opening a file from terminal only by typing its name

I know that xdg-open will open from terminal a file in the user's preferred application like this: xdg-open filename But I wonder how can I open a file from the current directory in its default ...
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Configure gnome-terminal to start bash as a login shell, doesn't read .bashrc

I'm trying to integrate RVM with gnome-terminal. Per default, gnome-terminal does not start bash as a login shell. I enabled run command as a login shell as suggested in this answer about the same ...
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How do you set the title of the active gnome-terminal from the command line? [duplicate]

Is there a way to set the gnome-terminal title from within the terminal itself without having to right click on the tab. Something like: active-terminal --title "Foo" There was a related question ...
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How to get out of “sudo -s” command in Terminal?

I entered sudo -s command in terminal, and the it changed from shameek@shameek-K55VD:~$ to root@shameek-K55VD:~#. Now when I click on the close terminal window icon it says, "There is still ...
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Set Ctrl+Alt+T to open a maximized terminal

I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to open a terminal, but I cannot see how I can get it maximized. When I start it manually, I can simply do a gnome-terminal --maximize, but that does not apply for the ...
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Gnome-Terminal reports $TERM to be `xterm`

On a clean install of Ubuntu 12.10, the default gnome-terminal is reporting $TERM to be xterm where it should really be reporting xterm-256color. What is the best way of changing this? I'm avoiding ...
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Adding timestamps to terminal prompts?

I was wondering if it was possible to add timestamps to terminal prompts, and if so, how could I achieve this?
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In Ubuntu, is there any terminal that allows for the position of the cursor to be moved with the mouse?

For example, if I find I miss one letter in a long command, currently I need to press ← to move the cursor, which is slow. Why can't we use mouse to put the cursor in the place we want?
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Change default width of gnome-terminal and terminator windows

Only a short question but is it possible to set the default width (and height) of terminal sessions in gnome-terminal and terminator? I find I always resize the window once it pops up so and given ...
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increase padding in gnome terminal

I'd like to increase the padding in the gnome terminal, because the default has no padding and hurts my eyes. (Padding as in: I want space between the window border and where the text input/output is ...