i3-sensible-terminal(1) 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

• xterm

• gnome-terminal

• roxterm

• xfce4-terminal

• termite

• lxterminal

• mate-terminal

• terminology

• st

Please don't complain about the order: If the user has any preference, they will have $TERMINAL set or modified their i3 configuration file.


Michael Stapelberg and contributors