I'm trying to change my terminal emulator from xterm to eterm on Debian Jessie.

I can't seem to find the tty config files. I've ran: sudo find / -name tty*.conf but that doesn't yield any results.

Where are the config files, and how do I change the default terminal emulator?

  • Seeing how xterm/eterm are graphical applications, I'd look if any of these are helpful: ls /etc/alternatives/*term*, xdg-settings --list, or whatever preferences menu your desktop environment provides. (Sorry, I'm not a Debian person, but this might help until somebody with Debian expertise steps in.) Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 10:46
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    What exactly do you mean by changing emulator? If you want a different one, just launch it. What default emulator are you referring to? Default where? In what context? How do you launch it? Please edit your question and clarify.
    – terdon
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 11:29

2 Answers 2


In Debian, that is x-terminal-emulator:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

Further reading:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator
There are 8 choices for the alternative x-terminal-emulator (providing /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator).

  Selection    Path                  Priority   Status
  0            /usr/bin/lxterm        30        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/koi8rxterm    20        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/lxterm        30        manual mode
* 3            /usr/bin/lxterminal    20        manual mode
  4            /usr/bin/mlterm        20        manual mode
  5            /usr/bin/txiterm       20        manual mode
  6            /usr/bin/uxterm        20        manual mode
  7            /usr/bin/xiterm+thai   20        manual mode
  8            /usr/bin/xterm         20        manual mode

Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

The lxde installed as my gui ,so i select 3 /usr/bin/lxterminal.

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