Posts Tagged ‘terminal’

[windows 10] Display accented characters correctly in the terminal

February 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Under Windows 10, in the terminal (cmd), accented characters are not displayed correctly. How to solve this problem?

In Windows 10 (build 1809) go to the system’s Language settings, select Administrative language settings, click on Change system locale… and check the Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language support box and then restart Windows.

(In Hungarian Windows: Gépház, Idő és nyelv, Nyelv, Felügyeleti nyelvi beállítások (jobb oldalt), Területi beállítások módosítása…, Béta: … bekapcsolása).

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use tmux as a “GUI” interface

November 16, 2019 Leave a comment

I have a console application that clears the screen, draws a table and updates it every second in an infinite loop (let’s call it Part A). If this application is started with a specific command-line parameter, then it starts in interactive mode (Part B). From Part B I can give some commands that control Part A. How could I display both Part A and Part B in the terminal?

You can do it with tmux. With tmuxp, it’s even simpler. Here is a config file called sample.yaml that you can load with “tmuxp load sample.yaml“.

session_name: main-pane-height
- layout: main-horizontal
    main-pane-height: 35
  - shell_command:
    - echo top pane
  - shell_command:
    - echo bottom pane
  window_name: Title Comes Here

This creates two panes and executes the specified commands in the panes. With this I could start Part A in the top pane, and Part B in the bottom pane.

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number of lines and columns of your terminal

November 16, 2018 Leave a comment
$ tput lines
$ tput cols

Of course, the values depend on your own settings.

I found it in the script, which adds snowflakes to your terminal. Really cool.

Related animated short film: Operation White Widow (2011).

In Nim, there are functions for these in the module terminal. See terminalWidth and terminalHeight.

reddit from the terminal

September 7, 2015 Leave a comment

There is a command line interface for Reddit called “rtv” (reddit terminal viewer). It’s written in Python, so you can install it with pip.

Here is a short youtube video on how to use it.

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open a terminal in a specified folder

From a script I want to launch a terminal that opens in a specified folder.

Thanks to #linux, I got two solutions:

A1) I use konsole, which has an option for this:

konsole --workdir /tmp

It will open a terminal in the /tmp directory.

A2) Change directory to the specified folder and launch the terminal:

cd /tmp; konsole

If you want to do it from a script, the idea remains the same.

B) If you want to execute a command automatically in the opening terminal, use this:

konsole -e mc

C) Set the title of Konsole to a specified text:

konsole -p tabtitle='NVIM server'

Find more info here.

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Hide the cursor in terminal

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

You want to hide the cursor in terminal.


setterm -cursor off

Bring it back:

setterm -cursor on

Found here.

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Terminator: a cross-platform terminal emulator with advanced features

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Terminator is a cross-platform GPL terminal emulator with advanced features.

I’ve been using konsole for years but I think I will switch to terminator.


  • Arrange terminals in a grid (see screenshot below)
  • Tabs
  • Highly configurable
  • Drag and drop re-ordering of terminals
  • Lots of keyboard shortcuts (see the keybindings section)
  • Save multiple layouts and profiles via GUI preferences editor



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-terminator
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terminator

My config file:

See my config file here. Its location is $HOME/.config/terminator/config (rename it to “config“).


Update (20110511)
I was using terminator for a month but today I switched back to konsole. Terminator is not bad but I find some things annoying. I also sent two questions / feature requests to the developers and got no answers, so I don’t know if it’s still developed. Konsole is not that fancy but works just fine.

/ discussion /

Install ncurses

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment
sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev

If you want to compile a source code and you get the “curses.h: No such file or directory” error, then these are the packages you need to install.

Tip from here.

Open Konsole from Nautilus

March 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The following entry is based on the post “Nautilus Script to Launch a Terminal” by Linerd.


For navigating in the file system, I usually use Midnight Commander. However, sometimes it’s useful to switch to a graphical file manager, which is Nautilus under Gnome. For instance, browsing images with Nautilus is easier since it shows thumbnails. After using Nautilus for a while, I want to continue my work in a terminal (my favorite is konsole) in the current directory. How to do that?

Related work

There is a plugin in the repositories called “nautilus-open-terminal”. By default, the plugin calls gnome-terminal and it seems konsole is not supported :(


In this post, I found a simple and working solution. Here is the script:

#  Nautilus script - terminal-here
#  This script will open a GNOME Terminal in the current directory.
#  Written by Linerd in August, 2009 -
#  Modification:
#  * konsole-here
#  * Open the Konsole terminal emulator in the current directory.
#  Save this script under $HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/terminal-here. Make sure that
#  you give this file executable permission. { chmod +x terminal-here }
#  This program is free software.  It is distributed in the hope
#  that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even
#  PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

if [ "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI" == "x-nautilus-desktop:///" ]; then
        DIR=`echo $NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI | sed 's/^file:\/\///' | sed 's/%20/ /g'`

# gnome-terminal --working-directory="$DIR"
konsole --workdir "$DIR"

exit 0

The konsole modification was suggested by James in a comment in the previously referred post.

Installation: Save it in the directory $HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts under the name konsole-here.

Usage: Right click in Nautilus, then choose Scripts -> konsole-here.

Launch Nautilus from terminal

When I want to launch Nautilus from the terminal, I use the alias “nh”, which stands for “nautilus here”, i.e. open Nautilus in the current directory:

alias nh='nautilus . 2>/dev/null'

Simply put this line in your ~/.bashrc file.

With this alias and with the script above, you can easily switch back and forth between Konsole and Nautilus.


  • Linerd, original script with gnome-terminal support
  • James, konsole patch


There is one thing that troubles me. If I open a konsole from Nautilus, the newly opened konsole gets no focus :( That is, you cannot type immediately, first you need to click on its window. However, if you call the script from the Desktop, konsole gets the focus… If someone has a solution for this, please let me know.

Update (20110304): I think I have a solution for the problem. After switching off the visual effects, konsole gets the focus. Damn… Here is how to get rid of the eyecandy: right click on Desktop -> Change Desktop Background -> Visual Effects tab, select None.