Default terminal in GNOME 3

Dagan McGregor ardrigh at
Thu Jun 23 22:16:37 UTC 2011

 On Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:10:28 +0200, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> I wondered how to set the default terminal in GNOME 3. The internet
> revealed
> gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec 
> <terminal>
> gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal 
> exec-arg "'-e'"
> This raises 2 questions:
>      1. Will it be possible to set the default terminal again in 
>         3.2?
>      2. Where is 'exec-arg' arg coming from? In the past we had the 
> xml
>         files in /usr/share/gnome-control-center/default-apps/ which
>         contained an 'exec-flag'. How can I as a maintainer of 
> several
>         terminal applications let people know the proper
>         exec-flag/exec-arg?

  I am not sure the exec-arg is required. At least it's not from my 
 experience. I set the 'Open Terminal' keybind to find the default 
 terminal was not configured, and had to use the first command above for 
 terminal to open.

  I am also curious if anyone can advise, is it possible to get terminal 
 apps to appear in the ALT-TAB window switch view, seperate from Gnome 
 Terminal. For users of irssi or mutt, etc.

  At the moment my irssi terminal profile is grouped under Gnome 
 Terminal, even when opening from a .desktop file of my own making.
  So I guess I am possibly missing an option.


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