Guake – Annoying feature of renaming tabs

I am a huge fan of guake terminal and after having used it for quite a while, I am literally addicted to it.

Recently, I encountered a very annoying feature which is when I rename a tab and perform any operation on that tab, the name I gave disappears and the absolute path is shown.

This was very painful because I am used to work with multiple tabs open and naming helps navigation.

After some googling, I found a solution which I present below.

Install gconf-editor.

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

Start gcong-editor

gconf-editor

Browse to apps/general/guake/general.

On the right hand side, uncheck the “use_vte_titles” item and close it and restart guake.

All tabs would be named “Terminal” and renaming would preserve it.

The technical reason for doing this is the following piece of code:

def on_terminal_title_changed(self, vte, box):
    use_them = self.client.get_bool(KEY("/general/use_vte_titles"))
    if not use_them:
        return
    page = self.notebook.page_num(box)
    self.tabs.get_children()[page].set_label(vte.get_window_title())

As we can see ‘use_vte_titles' key prevents the autorenaming feature

Hope this helps and enjoy using guake.

5 responses to “Guake – Annoying feature of renaming tabs

  1. yeah.. it was so irritating… gr8 post….
    also u can try this :-
    gconftool-2 –set /apps/guake/general/use_vte_titles –type boolean false

  2. You can also just edit ~/.gconf/apps/guake/general/%gconf.xml and add a line. This will help anyone using a none gnome environment like f.i. LXDE

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