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I want to open my terminal with some commands executed in it on bootup. So I wrote a script with following line in it:

gnome-terminal --tab -t "MyPC" -e "sh -c 'firefox &;exec bash'" --tab -t "MYPC2" -e "sh -c 'ls;exec bash'"

In this firefox & is not executing, however if I write only firefox it executes. So only the second tab is opening not the first one

I know it's some spacing issue. If I write just ls that also executes.

What is the correct syntax? Why is it not taking spacing??

  • How do you invoke this at boot up of the computer? How do wait for X to start? – Anthon Dec 15 '14 at 7:23
  • +1 to make up for the uncommented downvote. Don't see anything wrong with the question. – Minix Dec 15 '14 at 8:17
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Putting a ; after a & does not work. & is already a command separator, specifying, that the command should be run in the background, so ; is not required.

Try removing the ; and report back.

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  • It worked after removing ;. Thanks – Siddharth Trikha Dec 15 '14 at 8:12
  • @SiddharthTrikha Glad I could help and welcome to Unix&Linux SE. – Minix Dec 15 '14 at 8:16

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