Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut runs the gnome-terminal by default. I have installed byobu, and I want this shortcut to open the latest used byobu session. When pressed multiple times, I should still have just one window.

I tried to map this shortcut to gnome-terminal, but this open multiple windows, with the same session.

The behavior I want is the same as clicking on the terminal icon in the dash. After the above map I have a behavior of "New terminal" which can be accessed by the right click on this icon. It's probably about some gnome-terminal parameter, but I don't see any related one.

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    Ctrl+Alt+T, not Ctrl+Shift+T, shortcut runs the gnome-terminal!!! Jul 14, 2013 at 7:49

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Just add next line at the end of ~/.bashrc file (you can open it with gedit ~/.bashrc command from terminal):



  • This opens the same session, but still opens multiple windows when opening with ctrl+shift+T shortcut. Furthermore, I get the session nesting warrning error.
    – takeshin
    Jul 14, 2013 at 7:23
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    @takeshin Normally, Ctrl+Shift+T shortcut open a new tab, not a window and in no case more windows. Ctrl+Alt+T is for open a new window. Also, I don't get any warning. So this is sound like a bug. See askubuntu.com/questions/5121/how-do-i-report-a-bug in this sense. Jul 14, 2013 at 7:43
  • I had a different shortcut for gnome-terminal, changed it, session warnings are gone, but I have still multiple windows opened.
    – takeshin
    Jul 14, 2013 at 9:50
  • As I said, this sound like a bug. This doesn't happen if you have the original shortcuts for gnome-terminal. Jul 14, 2013 at 10:07
  • if byobu-enable didn`t work for you > askubuntu.com/questions/866115/… Nov 5, 2018 at 14:28

You can create a custom keyboard shorcut and add the following command:

gnome-terminal --app-id us.kirkland.terminals.byobu -e byobu

I copied the command from the application desktop icon in:


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