Terminal emulator

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A terminal emulator, terminal application, term, or tty emulates a video terminal within another display architecture (usually X). It starts up with the default shell that is defined as login shell for given user. On Gentoo the default shell is bash.

If an X environment has not been set up in Gentoo, the system will boot to the first tty interface. Under most circumstances it is possible to access different terminal interfaces by pressing the Alt+F1 through Alt+F6 keys on the keyboard.

If an X environment has been set up, there are more than a few terminal emulator options available for the user to choose among.

Available software

Popular terminal emulators include:

Title Package Description
Alacritty x11-terms/alacritty GPU-accelerated terminal emulator.
XTerm x11-terms/xterm The default terminal emulator for X.org.
lxterminal lxde-base/lxterminal The standard terminal emulator of LXDE.
rxvt-unicode x11-terms/rxvt-unicode Light in resource usage, fast, and more feature-rich (tabs, transparency, Unicode, etc.).
st x11-terms/st simple terminal implementation for X .
xfce4-terminal x11-terms/xfce4-terminal The default terminal emulator for the Xfce desktop environment.
terminology x11-terms/terminology The default terminal emulator for Enlightenment.
Konsole kde-apps/konsole The default terminal emulator for KDE / Plasma.
Yakuake kde-apps/yakuake Quake-style (drop-down) terminal emulator based on Konsole for KDE / Plasma.
GNOME Terminal x11-terms/gnome-terminal The default terminal emulator for GNOME.
Guake x11-terms/guake Drop-down terminal emulator for GNOME.

Additional terminal emulators can be found in the x11-terms category.


Display garbled after binary output

On occasion the text in the terminal emulator will become garbled. This generally happens if binary output is displayed to standard out. This can easily be fixed by typing the reset command.