I created a custom shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T that calls x-terminal-emulator. For some reason, it does not work (nothing happens when hitting the mapping).

When I remove the shortcut, the built-in Launch terminal shortcut (which is also set to the same mapping) opens the terminal window as expected.

The problem is when I restart my session after deleting the shortcut, it is recreated in the custom shortcut window.

Do you have any idea why this shortcut is always recreated automatically after restarting a session? Do you have any idea how to fix this?

I can't find a configuration file in my home that contains the x-terminal-emulator string. I am running 12.04 Desktop.

  • I can see no difference between them, because my default terminal is precisely this x-terminal-emulator. Jan 12 '13 at 1:39

You can't do it well because your idea is wrong.

You don't have to create a new short-cut or assign it or nothing (even when it could work), you must change your default terminal.

To set x-terminal-emulator as your default terminal, so it will open when you enter Ctrl+Alt+T, you must open the terminal (it sounds recursive) and enter the following command:

gconftool --type string --set /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec x-terminal-emulator

If you have problems trying to delete your custom shortcut, I can tell you that after remove the shortcut you must restart your computer to take effect. But if it doesn't work you should see this question where you will find information related.

  • This does not answer my question. I know gconftool is the proper way to define the default terminal. But before knowing it, I tried to use a custom shortcut that I now want to remove. My problem is when I remove it, it always reappears.
    – greydet
    Jan 12 '13 at 9:27
  • Oh, so you are saying that right now you are opening x-terminal-emulator with Ctrl+Alt+T or with other short-cut? Are you saying that you want to open what terminal with what command? I can't understand you..
    – Lucio
    Jan 12 '13 at 20:48
  • I am saying that when I remove the custom shortcut I added before knowing the gconftool way of updating the default terminal, the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut works. But when I close my session and reopen it, the custom shortcut reappears. I want to know why this shortcut reappears automatically and how to stop this.
    – greydet
    Jan 13 '13 at 14:47
  • why this shortcut reappears automatically Are you referring to Ctrl+Alt+T or to your custom short-cut created?
    – Lucio
    Jan 13 '13 at 22:15
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    I tried to remove the keybinding using the gconf-editor as described in the other question you referred but it does not work either
    – greydet
    Jan 19 '13 at 20:53

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