Desktop launchers launch applications in xterm instead of x-terminal-emulator

Bug #1238964 reported by Peter Berry
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Linux Mint
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Bug Description

Version: Mint 14, MATE 64-bit

When you create a launcher on the desktop and set its type to "Application in Terminal", the terminal it runs the application in should be x-terminal-emulator, which by default is set to mate-terminal. However, it actually ignores x-terminal-emulator and uses xterm instead.

A potential workaround (which I haven't tried) would be to uninstall xterm and add a symlink at /usr/bin/xterm to /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator. Unfortunately this breaks the dependencies of the Debian package for Steam, which depends on xterm | gnome-terminal | konsole.

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abdullahc (sneetsher) wrote :

mate-terminal does not have a xterm wrapper, try install gnome-terminal which has one. See

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Peter Berry (pwberry) wrote :

Actually, it apparently does have one, or at least did have one:

Changed in linuxmint:
status: New → Confirmed
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abdullahc (sneetsher) wrote :

I could confirm that Mint 16 contains mate-terminal.wrapper. thank you Peter.

For earlier releases:

    - mate-terminal.wrapper could be downloaded from source repository of mate-terminal, set it up using update-alternatives.

    - just install other alternative desktops terminal which have a wrapper like gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal,.. . Any of them will configure the x-terminal-emulator to its own wrapper.

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Peter Berry (pwberry) wrote :

Confirmed in Mint 17 as of now. Steps to reproduce:

1. Right click on the desktop and select "Create Launcher..."
2. Select type "Application in Terminal". Type "bash" in both name and command, then press OK. After the dialogue closes, a launcher icon named bash should appear on the desktop.
3. Double click the launcher.

Expected result: x-terminal-emulator starts, running bash.

Actual result: xterm starts, running bash. You can confirm that it's xterm by running the command "pstree | grep bash".

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Raphaël Halimi (raph) wrote :

It's actually a Glib bug, see: (last comment from gpolitis, thanks to him/her for spotting the origin of this).

I opened a bug in the Debian BTS, and submitted a patch:

I'm attaching the patch here as well.


Raphaël Halimi

Changed in linuxmint:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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Oliver Joos (oliver-joos) wrote :

Thank you very much for fixing this long-lasting bug!
I see it fixed in Linux Mint MATE since February 2018.

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