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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
11/04/2018 i3 4.16