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How to make several console windows in one tab from task file? I want to make a grid 2x2 of consoles in one tab. I can do it by hands when create new consoles and select "To right" or "To bottom" options. But I want it to be created automatically on start up. Option "autosave/restore opened tasks" is unabled for some reason. So the only way is to create it in task. So, how can I create 2x2 grid in task?

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This is your task contents. Checked in ConEmu build 120909.

>cmd -cur_console:n
cmd -cur_console:s1TVn
cmd -cur_console:s1THn
cmd -cur_console:s2THn

This is an example. Splitting in ConEmu may be as complex as you want, any configurations with any proportions are possible. Read project wiki for more information about -new_console and -cur_console switches.

To run all that without creating new Task

There is /cmdlist ConEmu.exe's switch.

Usage example for shortcut contents (on desktop, for example):

ConEmu -cmdlist cmd -cur_console:fn ||| cmd -cur_console:s1TVn ||| cmd -cur_console:s1THn ||| cmd -cur_console:s2THn

Need to run that from another cmd file? Here is consoles.cmd example:

start ConEmu -cmdlist cmd -cur_console:fn ^|^|^| cmd -cur_console:s1TVn ^|^|^| cmd -cur_console:s1THn ^|^|^| cmd -cur_console:s2THn
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It worked, thank you. –  doom123 Sep 14 '12 at 8:14
    
Can you tell me how to execute this command? I have tried and this is what I get. I have the latest build. –  arin Feb 1 '13 at 19:38
    
The key word is "Task". Why you trying to run this from already started shell? Setup Tasks. –  Maximus Feb 1 '13 at 20:04
    
@Maximus I had the impression that this was a shell command. Thanks. –  arin Feb 4 '13 at 14:00
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@arin You may use this from shell too, but that need -new_console:... instead of -cur_console –  Maximus Feb 4 '13 at 16:03

I came up with the following implementation. I use it for web development projects. Consoles for task runners (ex: gulp), git, javascript compilers (ex: typescript), etc. The goal was to open 4 console windows and change directory to the directory where I executed the *.cmd. I did not want to have multiple copies of the batch script incase I had to change it. I did not want the shell to be batch and I wanted the shell to be bash. I'm on windows, so, cygwin is needed for bash shell.

I created an arbitrarily named .cmd file. I called mine 4 consoles.cmd. Cygwin is installed (the 64bit version in my case). Also the Cygwin chere package is installed and required.

4 consoles.cmd content:

start ConEmu64.exe -cmdlist ^
C:\cygwin64\bin\bash -c "/bin/xhere /bin/bash.exe" -cur_console:fn:t:"Gulp1":C:"C:\cygwin64\Cygwin.ico" ^|^|^| ^
C:\cygwin64\bin\bash -c "/bin/xhere /bin/bash.exe" -cur_console:s1TVn:t:"Gulp2":C:"C:\cygwin64\Cygwin.ico" ^|^|^| ^
C:\cygwin64\bin\bash -c "/bin/xhere /bin/bash.exe" -cur_console:s1THn:t:"Task":C:"C:\cygwin64\Cygwin.ico" ^|^|^| ^
C:\cygwin64\bin\bash -c "/bin/xhere /bin/bash.exe" -cur_console:s2THn:t:"Git":C:"C:\cygwin64\Cygwin.ico"

I put 4 consoles.cmd in a File hosting service for backup purposes incase my hard drive crashes. Also for some convenience when sharing between development machines.

The batch script will change directory for all 4 console windows to the directory where the .cmd exists. So I created Hard Symbolic links in the directory where I want all 4 console windows to change directory into. The symbolic links point back to the canonical 4 consoles.cmd.

Run a symbolic link and the 4 console shells working directories will be the location which the symbolic link is on the file system

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