I've recently installed Guake and like it a lot. I'd like to set it as my preferred terminal application. That is, when I right-click on a bash script file, click "Open", and choose "Run in Terminal", I want it to open in a new Guake tab.

I'm not sure where to set Guake as the preferred app for "Run in Terminal". And I'm guessing that I might need the command to be something like guake --new-tab=new --execute-command="COMMANDHERE", so how do I pass that parameter?

Ideally, I'd like a terminal invocation to open a new Guake tab, unless there is already one available. (Difficult to tell, what id there's already a command running in the existing tab?) Failing that, just opening a new Guake tab is ok. Also, is there an option to keep Guake hidden when this happens?

Already tried:

Based on How can I set default terminal used in Unity? I have already tried:

  • gconftool --type string --set /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec guake - this made Guake appear when I type Ctrl-Alt-T.

  • setting x-terminal-emulator to \usr\bin\guake in Alternatives Configurator - this made no difference (having already made the previous change).

  • Hey d3vid, does this solution not help your set your default terminal? askubuntu.com/questions/70540/… – Bruno Pereira Mar 12 '12 at 10:08
  • @BrunePereira thanks! that's given me partial success, but also highlighted that maybe I'm not asking for the right thing, so I've clarified my question – david.libremone Mar 13 '12 at 11:07
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    @EricCarvalho unfortunately still not solved - I'll see if I can contact Guake users/mailing list directly and post any response here as an answer – david.libremone Jun 18 '13 at 8:41

You could probably enjoy running gconf-editor — or maybe even dconf-editor since 12.04, — and navigate directly to the org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal key:

dconf screenshot

The exec-arg parameter must be changed to Guake's -e. For the lazy:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec 'guake --new-tab'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec-arg '-e'
  • adding guake allows me to open/display guake when I click on Open terminal here in nemo. But I'm still looking for a solution to open/display guake with a new tab with the correct location. – Nicolas Mar 16 '14 at 18:25
  • doesn't work. alt+ctrl+t still opens xfce-terminal for me – phil294 Mar 13 '16 at 20:07
  • @Blauhirn let me guess, org.__gnome__.desktop.default-applications.terminal setting isn't used by XFCE? Perhaps XFCE has it's own key. – ulidtko Mar 14 '16 at 12:35

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