gnome terminal does not save session

Bug #899755 reported by Teunis Peters on 2011-12-03
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Now this could be a feature request, it could be an upstream issue. The problem has been present since Hardy, but has taken on new form with the new session management of gnome3

This might indeed become a "feature request" rather than a bug considering how long this has gone.

On logout this is how it used to behave:
Currently running terminal sessions - the path and the location - were saved, and restored on login.

Many other applications (eg: chrome, thunderbird, firefox) do this, but this has been lost along the way. The reason I think it may be a feature request though - is gnome now does not seem to recover session for any application and I have to restart essential running programs (eg: ibus) every time I log in.

If there's any hints or pointers, please post. I'm a programmer who depends on this feature to manage several different operational trees.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: gnome-terminal 3.0.1-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-2.4-generic 3.2.0-rc3
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-2-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: i386
Date: Sat Dec 3 14:31:49 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-16 (48 days ago)

Teunis Peters (teunis) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
ixtos (ixtos) wrote :

Affects me and bothers me. Session saving didn't work for gnome-terminal when using Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) and still doesn't work now with Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon based on Ubuntu Precise (12.04).

In Lucid, my workaround was to use KDE's konsole instead. However, temporary kde files are not deleted by default in gnome. They were piling up to several GB in '/home/myusername/.kde/tmp-mycomputername' so I had to write my own script to occasionally delete the older ones. That's why I prefer not to bring KDE into my system again. The inability to save a session in gnome, however, is very inconvenient.

gnome-session-properties now only launch the startup applications, but no option to save the sessions.

I installed dconf-editor and went to org > gnome > gnome-sessions and checked auto-save-session. This config is remembered over several sessions. However, the session is not saved - or at least not restored at the next startup.

Teunis Peters (teunis) wrote :

konsole stopped saving sessions too.

A console of some kind = primary working app.

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