On Ubuntu 18.04 I can setup custom keyboard shortcuts to run terminal commands via:

Settings > Devices > Keyboard > +

Name: htop keyboard shortcut
Command: htop
ShortCut: Ctrl+Super+Delete

This usually works without issue when I've created shortcuts for other terminal commands, other than htop. When I try and issue the htop to Ctrl+Super+Delete it just doesn't work.

I press Ctrl+Super+Delete and the htop system monitor doesn't initiate on my system. What's wrong? All the other keyboard shortcuts I've created in this manner are working fine.

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    Hello, have you tried to use another combination? Please review this topic: Custom shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc doesn't fire the event
    – pa4080
    Oct 22, 2019 at 14:59
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    @pa4080 Thanks for that recommendation. I tried the recommended safe Ctrl+Alt+Z combination in that answer and that didn't work either. Perhaps it's a problem with the htop command? Oct 22, 2019 at 15:10
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    I tried a few other combinations. They too didn't work in Ubuntu 18.04. Ctrl+Super+Del does work to launch htop in Kubuntu 18.04. So rather than it being "a problem with the htop command", I guess it's a GNOME issue.
    – DK Bose
    Oct 22, 2019 at 16:32

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use the command gnome-terminal -- htop instead of htop

Verified on Ubuntu 18.04

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    Thank you! Any idea why some terminal commands require the gnome-terminal -- prefix? Oct 22, 2019 at 21:39
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    I have tried different combinations of shortcut keys other than ctrl+super+del and nothing worked for htop command.. but when I type htop in terminal it worked.. so the workaround is to open gnome-terminal and then run htop command.. the prefix opens terminal and then runs the command..
    – UnKNOWn
    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:14

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