I have simple goal of creating script to open terminal, run command and then keep terminal open.

Here is what I tried:


xterm -e -hold ls

It generates the following error:

xterm: Can't execvp -hold: No such file or directory

Then I also tried


   konsole -e --noclose ls

This simple does not do anything, when I double-click it. (I made sure that script file is executable)

I do not want to use gnome-terminal as it requires creating profile for gnome-terminal first.

Would it be easier to do in python?

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    In your first command I think hold is considered as a file or directory. – Rahul Jun 23 '17 at 17:45
  • @Rahul thank you, do you know how to fix it? – user1700890 Jun 23 '17 at 17:47

The argument after -e is taken as a command to be executed. So for xterm, this works:

xterm -hold -e ls

I don't have Konsole installed, but this should work:

konsole --noclose -e ls
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    I know it's been a while, and I've started my own thread here, but this does not make the terminal interactive. No further commands can be run after the terminal opens. How can you make the terminal interactive? – Douglas James Bock Feb 13 '20 at 10:08

From man xterm

The  -ls  flag and the loginShell resource are ignored if -e is
               also given

That's why you got error in your first command.

This command worked for me.

xterm -hold ls

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