obligatory cliché: “ You learn something new, every day! ”
Updated xterm Launcher
command: (includes scrollbar, custom "window" size, and custom colours)
xterm -sb -bd "#000000" -fg "#eeeeee" -bg "#330055" -geometry 150x50
Note: This differs from the command, above, only in the -sb
option, which enables the "scrollbar"-- for quickly viewing any previous commands entered, and other terminal output which may no longer be visible in the current portion of the screen view.
If the reader finds affinity for xterm
, but yet early in acquiring skill with the environment, he or she might do well to do as I did-- realizing the benefit of trial and error
; to learn by experience
: open [whatever] terminal, for executing commands from the command line
, and execute
The lengthy set of options, as returned via --help
, is a fine reference, from which a trial-and-error
study might begin.
What properties are affected by the several options listed? It may be difficult to determine, as options
of the CLI executable
range anywhere from a single-character, to whole or hyphenated-words. Experimenting with the options, as listed via --help
, may be an intimidating endeavour, for the uncertainty of the outcome. However, just digging-in, getting-the-feet-wet, and doing something with it
, the User will experience results quickly, as manipulation of basic xterm options (such as -bg , -fg
, for background and foreground colours) can be immediately visible in the new
xterm window which should
For example, having a terminal
open, try invoking xterm, while appending one or more of various options, such as -fg "#hexval", -sb
(foreground colour, scrollbar), to experience in real-time how these options affect the xterm environment.
A user unfamiliar with CLI operations, or Linux in general, may find "xterm" less friendly than, for example, gnome-terminal. However, xterm
does afford the User a vast array of options, that the User might /create/ his or her own customized terminal / command line (CLI) environment. Indeed, likewise, so it may be with other "terminal" apps: i simply prefer xterm (for whatever reason).
For a complete listing, and extensive explanation of each of the xterm options, simply execute (instead of xterm --help
(NOTE: while viewing documentation via info (appname)
, pressing "s" should invoke a Search
dialogue, at the very last line of the current terminal view, where-- entering a search-expression-- any desired text within the documentation may be located most expeditiously.
(this User's system... generalized:
Xubuntu v.'K', upgraded to 'L',
operates in Gnome
-session [Gnome window manager defaults]
XFCE desktop, and [all] other window managers, purged [hence this Terminal issue did arise, and decided to share]