I am running Xubuntu 14.04 and the default Terminal Emulator (xfterm I think). The terminal itself is fine but I want to change the cursor to a blinking underline rather than a solid block. How do I do this? Can't see anything in the settings.

  • It would be great, if the cursor shape would change according to overwrite-mode of Bash shell.
    – jarno
    Jan 9, 2020 at 21:21
  • The overwrite-mode is shell specific, but the cursor setting is application specific, so it seems to be impossible to have this, if you use several windows/tabs.
    – jarno
    Jan 10, 2020 at 16:03

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You can change the cursor shape in XFCE terminal by editing ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-$HOME/.config}/xfce4/terminal/terminalrc (expressed partly as shell parameter expansion), just find the MiscCursorShapevariable and change it from TERMINAL_CURSOR_SHAPE_BLOCK to TERMINAL_CURSOR_SHAPE_UNDERLINE. In order to have a blinking cursor (any shape you defined) you must have MiscCursorBlinks=TRUE too.

System-wide defaults can be found under some of the colon separated directories ${XDG_CONFIG_DIRS:-/etc/xgd}, respectively.

See XDG Base Directory Specification for more information about which directories are used and in which order.

For details and additional options on available in the graphical configuration tool, see http://docs.xfce.org/apps/terminal/advanced

  • This did not work for me, I have already tried it. In my case I didn't even have a ~/.config/Terminal folder, never mind any file called terminalrc. I tried creating it but it did not work.
    – SamuelH
    Jul 8, 2014 at 17:35
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    Found it! The file in question was in ~/.config/xfce4/terminal
    – SamuelH
    Jul 8, 2014 at 17:40

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