When I'm developing software I normally have one terminal with various tabs open running different things, as an example one of them is running foo

whilst the other running boo

This is fine until I power down my PC and the layout is lost. This leads me to have a daily fumble around as I try to get to get everything setup. Is there a way to automate this?

  • I would recommend you install terminator. Check this askubuntu.com/questions/158159/…
    – Katu
    Dec 21, 2016 at 10:13
  • @JacobVlijm Thats about terminal size not about the tabs it has open.
    – Dr Goat
    Dec 21, 2016 at 10:16
  • Ah, you mean specifically tabs, my bad. Dec 21, 2016 at 10:24
  • I'm not totall sure, what you are up to, but it sounds as if devilspie could be helpful.. Dec 21, 2016 at 17:57
  • Hi, @DrGoat , posted an answer, please see. Let me know if you have any additional questions or edits that you'd like me to make. Dec 21, 2016 at 18:34

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Yes, there is a way to automate it via -t and -e flags to gnome-terminal.

For instance, here's a script I've used quite recently for this question:

gnome-terminal --tab -e "bash -c 'printf \"\033]0;TEST1\007\"; sleep 7'" \
               --tab -e "bash -c 'printf \"\033]0;TEST2\007\"; ping -c 4'"

What happens there is that there will be launched gnome-terminal window with two tabs , and each will run its own command. The rest is simple - open Startup Applications and add that script as one of the commands to be launched upon logging-in. Remember to make the script executable and give full path to script as a command.

  • The tabs automatically close after the command is done :/
    – Dr Goat
    Dec 21, 2016 at 20:32
  • @DrGoat you want to keep the tabs open ? In that case make it `-e "bash -c 'foo; bash'" That way once command is done, it will drop to new instance of shell. Unlike other terminals, gnome-terminal doesn't have "hold window" option, so you have to use a bit of trickery to keep it open Dec 21, 2016 at 20:59
  • @serg gnome-terminal has a "hold window" option. Go to Edit -> Profile Preferences -> Title and Command -> When command exits -> set to "Hold the terminal open".
    – wjandrea
    Dec 22, 2016 at 5:09
  • @wjandrea That causes often unintended side effects though, e.g. you can no longer close a terminal window by exiting the shell with exit or CTRL+D.
    – Byte Commander
    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:56

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