Mock-up of what a terminal lens could look like

I have been googling for a terminal lens, i.e. a Unity lens that integrates the terminal into the usual dash replaces the current Alt+F2 functionality.

For instance one could have a line of icons as it currently is, with command history sensitive to the typed word, and below that terminal output. All I could find on this were stale old posts in the Ubuntu Forums and an old brainstorm.

Does anyone know of a working terminal lens for Unity, like my mock-up above?


There is currently nothing that does exactly what it pictured above since, at the moment, a lens cannot define a content area like the one pictured in order to display (and update) the output of a command.

It is possible to press ALT+F2 and run commands from the overlay which appears. However, it is not possible to observe terminal output from commands run from this overlay.

Another option is to use CTRL+ALT+T as a shortcut to open a terminal window.

  • Which gives me the idea that sort of lens could fully replace the <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>F2</kbd> functuonality. One could have one line of command history/search results (same style as currently displayed when pressing the key combination) and full blown terminal output a little bit below (as in my picture). – con-f-use Feb 21 '13 at 17:01

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