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 commandline shell that is defined as login shell for that user. On Gentoo the default shell is bash.

If an X environment has not been setup 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 setup, there are more than a few terminal emulator options available for the user to choose between.

Available software

Popular terminal emulators include:

Title Package Description
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.
GNOME Terminal x11-terms/gnome-terminal The default terminal emulator for GNOME.


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.