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In Linux Mint (Debian-based) how can I edit what the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+t launches?

For example, I would like to issue gnome-terminal with the --maximize option, and to have it launch tmux instantly.

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You can modify the /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec key in GConf (using gconf-editor), which is described as "the default terminal application to use for applications that require a terminal".

Alternatively, I propose a little more flexible solution: if you use Compiz, you can use the Commands plugin to define keyboard shortcuts for your own commands. This way, you can keep the default shortcut to launch a windowed terminal, and define an other shortcut for a fullscreen terminal.

(Sidenote: in the Compiz configuration tool, you can change directly the terminal command and shortcut in the Gnome Compatibility plugin.)

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From your answer, I was able to do this also from the command line: gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec "gnome-terminal --maximize -e tmux". –  eoinoc Jul 6 '12 at 11:26
    
For Gnome 3-based installations, it seems gconf-editor is being phased out. User dconf-editor instead. askubuntu.com/questions/122039/dconf-editor-and-gconf-editor . And user gsettings instead of gconftool-2 at the command line. –  eoinoc Jan 23 '13 at 10:44
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