I was wondering does anyone know a way to make some kind of shortcut under Ubuntu that when I click on it, it will open up multiple SSH sessions (or execute other actions) in a tabbed gnome-terminal?

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Use the following format: gnome-terminal --tab -e "cat /dev/urandom" --tab -e "top"

  • Good answer Christoffer I figured it out just shortly before seeing your post. Any idea how to make this a shortcut on the desktop? Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 11:55
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    Right-click -> Create Launcher: Type: Application, Command: gnome-terminal --tab -e "first_command" --tab -e "second_command" Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 12:01
  • Yea that's a good way of doing it I had forgotten about using a Launcher. Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 13:36

I think I have just about worked this out now.

gnome-terminal --tab -t htop -e htop --tab -t top -e top --maximize

Will open up a new tabbed gnome terminal with htop running in the first window and top in the second for this example.

To create the shortcut I just made a simple bash program to run the command.

gnome-terminal --tab -t htop -e htop --tab -t top -e top --maximize

Marking it as executable. Then it works by double clicking it. The only annoying thing about this is that it asks

Do you want to run "Terminal Session", or display its contents?

Is there someway to disable this?

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