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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

•uxterm

•xterm

•gnome-terminal

•roxterm

•xfce4-terminal

•termite

•lxterminal

•mate-terminal

•terminology

•st

•qterminal

•lilyterm

•tilix

•terminix

•konsole

•kitty

•guake

•tilda

•alacritty

•hyper

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

i3(1)

Michael Stapelberg and contributors
01/28/2019 i3 4.16.1