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How can I open a new terminal window from a terminal in linux?

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That's system specific. On KDE, just type konsole. On Gnome, it's gnome-terminal. What should work on nearly every x system is xterm. Or just call $TERM (environnement variable).

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I think what you want is:

CTRL + SHIFT + T    -> new tab


CTRL + SHIFT + N    -> new terminal
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+1 because it's a keyboard shortcut...which doesn't address the question asked (as I understand it), but sure helps me! :-) – jvriesem Sep 4 at 18:13

Press ALT + F2, then type-in gnome-terminal or xterm and Enter.

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If you just have command line access (via ssh, for example), you should research screen.

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I always do things like this with the disown command.

For example:

lxterminal &disown

And voila, we have a new lxterminal process that is not preoccupying your former terminal with debugging output. This can be used for most programs, not just terminals so I ended up using it a lot, especially good to know for scripting.

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I recommend using an external program such as pcmanfm to launch a new terminal. This way, your root permissions and login state remain in the new terminal.

  1. If you don't have it already, include the first line, otherwise skip this step (or don't, it won't reinstall):

    # apt-get install pcmanfm
  2. Start the filemanager pcmanfm

    # pcmanfm

    a file manager window will now open, showing your current working directory.

  3. Select this window and press F4. A new terminal window will now open with your current permissions (eg root).

  4. pcmanfm, the file manager, can now be closed.

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Thx bertieb, it looks a lot better like this. – Boomkop3 Aug 17 at 1:02
No problem, you may want to have a glance at the formatting help page - it's a bit different to what you might be used to but you should get up to speed pretty quick :) – bertieb Aug 17 at 1:07
@bertieb: You can still apply numbered formatting by using a period after each number instead. – Jamal Aug 17 at 1:23
@Jamal I was avoiding <ol> because (ironically) I couldn't remember how to make it respect multi-line content like code blocks! – bertieb Aug 17 at 8:21

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