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Power your command line with Terminator

By   |  March 16, 2008

Linux: If you’re a heavy command line user then you probably find that on most days your desktop quickly disappears under multiple terminal windows. Or your one terminal window has tons of tabs open and you can no longer tell which is which. Sound like your desktop? Then take a look at Terminator, a terminal window that can be split up into multiple windows that sit side-by-side. It makes it pretty easy to manage a number of different running processes without ever having to switch away from your primary terminal window. And easy-to-remember keyboard commands mean there is no need to lift your hands from the keyboard.

To install Terminator, head over to the Terminator launchpad page and grab the latest version. If you’re on Ubuntu its even easier. If you’re already running an Ubuntu Hardy Heron beta alpha then simply use the following command:

sudo apt-get install terminator

If you’re still running Gutsy Gibbon then you’ll need to download a copy from Ubuntu’s packages repository.

Once installed, Terminator can be started from the applications->accessories-terminator menu in Ubuntu or by running terminator from the command line.

Terminator can be controlled either with the mouse (right click->split window) or by using the following keyboard commands:

  • Ctrl-Shift-E: split vertically
  • Ctrl-Shift-O: split horizontally
  • Ctrl-Shift-N: focus to next
  • Ctrl-Shift-P: focus to previous
  • Ctrl-Shift-W: close

[Via Tombuntu]



8 Responses to “Power your command line with Terminator”

  1. Lee Jarratt
    March 16th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    “If you’re already on Gutsy Gibbon Beta”
    “If you’re still running Hardy Heron”

    WTF! You need to gain more knowledge of Ubuntu me thinks..

  2. Alastair Otter
    March 16th, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

    Lee Jarratt »
    My mistake. Not thinking straight. But all fixed now. Thanks.

  3. Al
    March 17th, 2008 @ 2:41 am

    Would be interesting if you would compare functionality with ‘screen’ which has been around since forever and doesn’t need a GUI.

  4. Alastair Otter
    March 17th, 2008 @ 8:32 am

    Al »
    I’ll have a look at Screen. But for many of us having a GUI is part of our daily work. So Terminator is a nice alternative to bridge both worlds.

  5. Loris
    March 17th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    It’s going to be so useful for me, that I am wondering why this feature had never been incorporated before !

    Thanks a lot for the tip

  6. Morgan Collett
    March 17th, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    Is this a post from the future? Hardy beta’s not out yet :)

    After last week’s libc fiasco, I hope everyone is “still” running Gutsy where it counts…

  7. Alastair Otter
    March 17th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    Morgan Collett »
    Tectonic: All the news before it happens!!

    My mistake. Obviously I meant to write “alpha” but wrote “beta” because the two words are so similar. :-)

  8. James
    March 20th, 2008 @ 6:59 am

    This is like the 4.3-BSD and greater window command which splits a window but doesn’t rely on X

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