I would like to switch from Kubuntu to Ubuntu but so far I couldn't find a terminal emulator for Gnome which had history support like Konsole does. In Konsole you can set the history to be unlimited and you can have highlighted search results almost instantly.

Is there such a terminal emulator which would provide the same features in Gnome? This would be very essential for me.

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    Why not use Konsole in Unity? – Bruno Pereira Jan 31 '13 at 11:22
  • Well that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid. I wouldn't want to pull in half of KDE just for Konsole. – abalint21 Jan 31 '13 at 19:41
  • Well, 68MB on 12.10 and 140MB after install... Besides that is half ways for getting kate also ;) (I do know that one does not want to install all of that just for konsole, just teasing a bit). Dont forget to mark any solutions bellow as an answer if they work for you. – Bruno Pereira Jan 31 '13 at 20:25

For unlimited history, you'll have to edit ~/.bashrc. The default configuration is as

# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)

You can edit above variables to a large number for unlimited history.

Also, you can use konsole itself in unity. To install,

sudo apt-get install konsole
  • That's neat. Didn't know that you can configure bash to keep more. Is it possible also to enable some instant highlight feature in Terminator or something similar? See example – abalint21 Jan 31 '13 at 19:46
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    I think the feature he is looking for is the text search in the scrollback. The shell histoty contains only very few lines of that. – Volker Siegel May 22 '15 at 19:41

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