Friday, January 1, 2010

Change the Default Terminal Emulator

Changing the default Terminal Emulator or tty is something that is easy to do, but most people never need to. One of the reasons that you may need to change the terminal is because some programs may not work with your systems default.
So in order to do this on Debian based systems open a shell and use the update-alternatives command.
root@dorkbox:# update-alternatives –-config x-terminal-emulator
This will return the following:
There are 7 alternatives which provide `x-terminal-emulator’.

Selection Alternative
1 /usr/bin/xterm
2 /usr/bin/uxterm
3 /usr/bin/koi8rxterm
4 /usr/bin/lxterm
*+ 5 /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper
6 /usr/bin/konsole
7 /usr/bin/xfce4-terminal.wrapper

Press enter to keep the default[*], or type selection number:
So as you can see the * represents the current default terminal and entering a number from the list above will change to the one you want.
Make a note of your current one so that you can change back if you later need to.

Well that's it. Not hard to do.

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