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Updated Fri, 20 May 2022 14:21:27 GMT

Programmatically open tab in gnome-terminal, execute command, and have tab stay open

I am trying to write a command that will launch a few terminal tabs, execute something in each tab, and have each tab stay open after the command in finished, so I can look at the output and type more commands in each tab

something like this:

gnome-terminal --tab -e "ls -a" --tab -e "ls"

but the problem with this is that the tabs close as soon as the "ls" commands finish. Does anyone know how to make the tabs stay open?


Gnome-terminal can either execute a command or open a shell, but not both.

There is a workaround to do both by encapsulating the command and subsequent invocation of the shell into one command.

$ gnome-terminal -e "bash -c \"echo foo; echo bar; exec bash\""

For more alternatives read my answer to a similar question on stack overflow: