I have been a long-time xfce4-terminal user. However, I have recently enjoyed a few of the benefits of using terminator as my main terminal emulator. I have a keyboard shortcut to launch new terminal windows, ctrlaltt for launching the command terminator -m. However, every time I hit the keyboard shortcut a new terminator process starts. With xfce4-terminal I can hit this same keyboard shortcut (ctrlaltt for xfce4-terminal --maximize) multiple times to open multiple terminal windows, and it only uses one process. Is there a way to achieve this same functionality in Terminator. (I know I can click on an open terminal and hit ctrlshifti to launch a new window under the same pid, but I would like to achieve this functionality via a keyboard shortcut that I can launch no matter what program is in the foreground. If it is of any benefit, I am running Xfce on Debian 9. Thank you


Simply add --new-tab switch to the configured keyboard shortcut :

terminator --new-tab
  • I had tried this one. I have the DBus server option unchecked in Preferences because of a bug in Xfce. So, this flag does actually open a new window, but each new window has its own process as before. Thanks though. – jbrock Feb 26 '18 at 18:05
  • I think this is the only one solution if you want to use terminator. Can't you upgrade your OS ? Maybe the bug is fixed. – Gilles Quenot Feb 26 '18 at 18:21

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