i3-sensible-terminal man page

i3-sensible-terminal — launches $TERMINAL with fallbacks


i3-sensible-terminal [arguments]


i3-sensible-terminal is invoked in the i3 default config to start a terminal. This wrapper script is necessary since there is no distribution-independent terminal launcher (but for example Debian has x-terminal-emulator). Distribution packagers are responsible for shipping this script in a way which is appropriate for the distribution.

It tries to start one of the following (in that order):

· $TERMINAL (this is a non-standard variable)

· x-terminal-emulator (only present on Debian and derivatives)

· urxvt

· rxvt

· termit

· terminator

· Eterm

· aterm

· xterm

· gnome-terminal

· roxterm

· xfce4-terminal

· termite

· lxterminal

· mate-terminal

· terminology

· st

Please don’t complain about the order: If the user has any preference, they will have $TERMINAL set or modified their i3 configuration file.

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Michael Stapelberg and contributors

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i3 4.12 03/06/2016