I am familiar with Gnome terminal and Konsole, but choose Xfce terminal because I feel it is a closer match to my needs.
Opening Terminal with a fixed geometry:
( Geometry in this context means the number of rows and columns )
The geometry I have given looks good on a 24" screen but smaller screen sizes might want to experiment with any of the following:
Or for something that is more generic*, perhaps...
*Depending on your Linux system, xfce4-terminal might alternatively be in
*The single quoting (') in command launchers, is something I see in Xfce, but do not recall seeing elsewhere.
Opening Terminal with fixed location:
xfce4-terminal, I was able to set a default position by editing
MiscDefaultGeometryin the file
~/.config/Terminal/terminalrcas shown in this diff:
xfce4-terminalto have a default geometry of
160x50and a default position of 150 pixels from the left, and 0 pixels from the top use:
Xfce Program Launchers:
In Xfce adding a 'New Item' to a panel brings up a selection list with 'Launcher' as the first entry.
Selecting 'Launcher' will bring up a screen like the following:
Here is one that my system has (and it uses exo-open):
The Command field contains:
exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
...and there is no mention of xfce4-terminal (explanation later)
Here is the Launcher that I created for the Midori web browser:
Use startup notification (quoted directly from Xfce manual):
... means that the window manager can show an hourglass while the program is loading( You might want to tick 'Use startup notification' on older systems with significant startup times )
What is this
Xfce has a 'preferred applications' system. It allows you to select your preferred application in 3 categories WebBrowser, MailReader, TerminalEmulator
I repeat again directly from the manpage for clarity:
This preferred applications system is a bit like Debian--launch category parameters...Launch the preferred application for the given category with the optional parameters..., where category is either WebBrowser, MailReader or TerminalEmulator.
update-alternativesbut specifically for desktop preferences. Here is the control screen if you want to have a tinker with it:
...and the 'Utilities' tab now:
If you have not bothered setting your preferences, or want to bypass the preferences and simply call a particular browser, then there is no need then to bother with
Mnemonics - convenient or not - you decide:
If you find that commands/menu are being selected by mistake in your Terminal, it could be, that you have Mnemonics in GTK enabled and might prefer to switch them off.
To read more about GTK and Mnemonics try this link.
~/.config/Terminal/terminalrcis where you would set
(This is an xfce4-terminal specific configuration option, I am sure there are ways of achieving the same in Gnome Terminal or similar )
Making changes to ~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc and future upgrades:
When upgrading your system to a new Linux release, it may be that a newer version of xfce4-terminal chokes on your terminalrc file ( It has happened to me in upgrading Ubuntu desktops )
Symptom: clicking xfce4-terminal launcher briefly flashes up the terminal but then it disappears
Solution: remove ~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc and retry
Gnome Terminal and Konsole:
Both of these terminal programs work well, and it may be that these are your favourite programs.
The great thing about weblogs is that anyone can write an article expounding their favourite Terminal program.
Rather than tell me how much better Gnome Terminal or Konsole are in your eyes, please instead write an article yourself and if you link to this article in it's comments, then I will happily reciprocate :)
Further reading and links:
Xfce4 manual section on Launchers (version 4.0 of Xfce)
Final tip for people who are wanting to remove Preferred Applications they may have set:
Setting a MailReader in Preferred Applications generates a file at...
If you no longer want any Preferred Application set for MailReader then perhaps...