Opening Konsole with Multiple Pre-loaded Tabs
jerome at supernet.ab.ca
Mon Jul 22 18:02:27 BST 2013
While pursuing how to rename KDE's Konsole terminal emulator tabs
programmatically I came across many people wanting to open and preload
multiple Konsole tabs, the most-popular example being multiple SSH
There is a way to do this with D-Bus, described in this Linux Journal
I have wanted to open Konsole with multiple tabs after logging in, as part
of an alternative to KWin's all-or-nothing approach to resuming sessions
But for some years Konsole has had a built-in method to open with multiple
preloaded tabs, without using DBUS at all. Problem is, there are only
hints at how to do this on the web and I only had a cobbled-together idea
of how to use it and it only partly worked for me.
I finally got it to work correctly after reading the Konsole source 
for the function and would like to share how I use it to help fill in a
little empty spot in the KDE documentation space.
I have a K Menu item configured to execute this command:
konsole --tabs-from-file /home/jerome/bin/konsole_Work
where /home/jerome/bin/konsole_Work is a text file that looks like this:
title: Work;; workdir: ~/work;; command: vi _desk
title: root;; command: sudo -i sysfiles
title: bss-gate;; command: sshto gateway
When Konsole starts it will open 3 tabs doing 3 different things:
in Work I edit a file after cd-ing to a directory,
in root I run a script which edits a file, and
in bss-gate I run a script to ssh to my gateway server.
Each line of konsole_Work specifies a tab to open using up to 4 fields
specifying how it is to open. Fields are delimited with ';;' and a field
name must have a ':' appended.
title: a name for this tab, tab default if blank
workdir: working directory, ~ if blank
profile: a Konsole profile to use, the default if blank
command: a command to run
You must have one of profile or command. I only use one Konsole profile so
I don't have experience with that option.
This article is at http://blogs.bss.ab.ca/clippings.htm and any updates I
make will be there.
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