I want to write piece of bash script that open a gnome-terminal tab and execute some commands in it after finishing execution terminal will close , i would like the make bash recognize if this terminal is closed or still open cause i will make some action if it has been closed and make my script waits if it is still opened

can anyone help ?

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You can run gnome-terminal disabling the factory mode. This will prevent it from starting a terminal connected to an existing terminal, so that the command does not return immediately:

gnome-terminal --disable-factory
echo Done. # Will only run after the terminal opened above has been closed

From man gnome-terminal:

             Do not register with the activation name server, do  not  re-
             use an active terminal.

Most applications start a new process independent of any previously running processes when run. Some applications (like Firefox, GNOME Terminal, etc.) do not open a completely new process when run. They start a session tied to an existing process. So if you have a Firefox window open, and you run:


in a terminal, it will open a new window connected to the existing process and return immediately. In the case of GNOME Terminal, you can disable this behaviour using the above option. With --disable-factory, the new window opened is tied to this command, so the command waits until the window is closed.

  • it works fine and great but i don't understand how actually , i will appreciate it so much if u explain more pls :) Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 15:05
  • @AhmedZainElDein updated with an explanation.
    – muru
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 15:11
  • When u say "so the command waits until the window is closed." ,so if i wrote those command that will be execute in terminal in for loop that means like this : for (( ; ; )) do gnome-terminal -- disable-factory line 1 gnome-terminal -- disable-factory line 2 done he will not execute line line2 until line1 is closed? Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 15:21
  • @AhmedZainElDein yes, the second gnome-terminal will not be executed until the first is ended.
    – muru
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 16:48

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