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.desktop and the Ctrl-Alt-T shortcut all launch x-terminal-emulator , which is a symlink to /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator , which in turn is a symlink to /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper. In short, gnome-terminal aka Terminal is the default terminal emulator on Ubuntu. If you want to use xterm for just one .desktop file , follow muru's suggestion in ...


Bash still exists - it's not the terminal emulator. gnome-terminal is the one the versions are supposed to use for Ubuntu, however when that gets removed or such it's possible that xterm is used in place. Make sure that gnome-terminal is installed.

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