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Is there a terminal emulator which works well in an Ubuntu desktop and provides the following features which Mac OS X's Terminal application has?

  • Rewrapping text when the window is resized.
  • A “Clear” command which clears scrollback (as the shell clear does not) and does not clear the cursor's line (typically containing a prompt).
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Have you tried Terminator? It's cross-platform I used it under OS X for a good while before switching to iTerm and remember reflowing.

The standard answer to 'what is a better terminal' under X11 is rxvt-unicode (available via sudo aptitude install rxvt-unicode) aka urxvt. However, rxvt-unicode doesn't have a GUI for configuration or anything –– it's definitely slanted to the power user.

Another solution might be to run screen inside your current terminal.

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“Sadly, we don't have the resources to support two implementations, so reflowing is no longer an option; it's gone from the code.” — Terminator's site. rxvt-unicode seems to be destructive on resize — do you know an option? I find that screen does rewrap, surprisingly. I will look into whether I can tweak it into doing what I want. –  Kevin Reid Mar 29 '11 at 22:09
    
I've accepted this answer for the screen part. –  Kevin Reid Apr 17 '11 at 0:24
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I'm making great progress in implementing rewrapping in VTE (gnome-terminal etc.). Please see the upstream bug at https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=336238 , feel free to try my patch if you're a hacker kind. In case of any technical feedback, please comment in that upstream bug, thanks! Hopefully my work will soon end up in mainstream VTE.

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