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Is it possible to set a custom icon for gnome-terminal, maybe dependent on the profile. I often have many terminal windows open and it gets a bit tricky to distinguish between them.

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No. The icon for gnome-terminal is set at the C level and does not provide for any customization. You will need to use xseticon to change it externally.

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This was possible in the past. But Gnome developers it was a bug to allow this as the main theme should define the icon, not the terminal profile. See https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=126081

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