Cooking with Linux - Tricked-Out Terminals

Command-line users get some GUI toys with these windows that save screen space, add backgrounds and even start multiple terminals with one command.


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Terminator allows multiple

Anonymous's picture

Terminator allows multiple panes in Gnome Terminal, tabs then hide/show them all.

Since you seem to like Tabs

Eldorel's picture

Since you seem to like Tabs so much, I think you'll enjoy this little known feature of Eterm.

A Screen compatible theme!

Eterm -t Escreen

Yep, it basically uses some really neat features to tie into screen, allowing you to use Eterm as a frontend.
You get all of the advantages of screen, and the pretty themes of Eterm.


Eldorel's picture

Just checked my shortcut, turns out that i use

Eterm -U "/" to start a session

and Eterm -U "/-x" to resume

(i use 2 or 3 terms all looking into the same session, makes moving things around really easy)

Warning, if your hardstatus line has time and date on it set in your screenrc, you might have problems with the hardstatus in Eterm. (at least on ubuntu, and a few others i've used)

RXVT + Tabs + unicode = Mrxvt (previously called materm)

markstinson's picture

Marcel, nice introductary article to Tabbed terminals. I've always enjoyed KTerm for that very reason. But I'm surprised you didn't find or mention Mrxvt (previously called materm). Since you appear to prefer using Rxvt like I do, you should give Mrxvt a try, found at

  • It has all the eye candy and creature comforts you need, want and more - all while using standard X11 headers when compiling - no dependency on Gnome, KDE, etc. if you don't want it.
  • It compiles very easily, even under cygwin !! Compile it as lean or heavy as you want. Don't forget to `strip` it to make it even smaller.
  • Offers Unicode for Chinese.
  • You can send terminal ESC sequences to control the tabs and create new ones. ("input broadcasting for all tabs"). For example, I've aliased "newtab" so open another tab without leaving the keyboard.
  • Recognizes Ctrl+Tab to switch between tabs
  • It has been actively developed for almost a year. The current release is version 0.4.1 on 2005/05/02

Since finding mrxvt, I don't use KTerm or any other tabbed terminal. I think you'll enjoy mrxvt as much as I do. I wish I was more up to date in C programming (and had more time) to help out. I think this is very worthwhile project - particularly for smaller, leaner linux systems and distros like DSL.

mrxvt does not support

Anonymous's picture

mrxvt does not support unicode, unfortunately.

However, I just found out that urxvt has basic tab support through a perl module.
urxvt -pe tabbed
URxvt.perl-ext-common: default,tabbed

too bad, i was looking to

Anonymous's picture

too bad, i was looking to trick out the real shell, i know theres something for it, every live distro is using it but i dunno what the hell it is called

Your looking for...

jastreich's picture

It's all framebuffer magic and what you want to find is stuff like
fbsplash, fblogo, fbi and fbcon