Bug#746204: gnome-terminal: -t/--title command line ignored

Simon McVittie smcv at debian.org
Mon Jan 19 21:06:22 UTC 2015

Control: tags 746204 + upstream wontfix

On Mon, 28 Apr 2014 at 11:03:33 +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:
> since the step to 3.12 gnome-terminal ignores any
> 	-t
> 	--title
> option.

This appears to be a deliberate upstream change: setting the title via
configuration is no longer supported, because users complained that
the title from menu configuration or the command-line ("static title")
was in practice usually overwritten by the one set by the ESC]0;...\a
escape sequence ("dynamic title"). This changed between 3.10 and 3.12.

> According to the bug log it is fixed in git, but not in the 3.12
> branch.

The thing that was fixed between 3.12 and 3.14 is that the "Set title..."
user interface, which was present but non-functional in 3.12, was removed:

Comment 18 Christian Persch [gnome-terminal developer] 2014-04-23 07:56:03 UTC:
> Using the escape sequence now is the one and only way to set the
> terminal title (to sth else than the default "Terminal"), closing.

... so from a Debian BTS point of view this is either closed or wontfix,
depending how you look at it.

The suggested solution is to use the escape sequence in your shell prompt
(e.g. $PS1), or ensure that /etc/profile.d/vte-2.91.sh is sourced (it sets
up a PROMPT_COMMAND suitable for gnome-terminal's terminal emulation library).


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