i3-sensible-terminal - launches $TERMINAL with fallbacks

i3-sensible-terminal [arguments]

i3-sensible-terminal is invoked in the i3 default config to start a terminal. This wrapper script is necessary since there is no distribution-independent terminal launcher (but for example Debian has x-terminal-emulator). Distribution packagers are responsible for shipping this script in a way which is appropriate for the distribution.

It tries to start one of the following (in that order):

•$TERMINAL (this is a non-standard variable)
•x-terminal-emulator (only present on Debian and derivatives)

Please don’t complain about the order: If the user has any preference, they will have $TERMINAL set or modified their i3 configuration file.


Michael Stapelberg and contributors

05/01/2024 i3 4.23