[Konsole-devel] [Bug 206888] New: wish: restore lost KDE3 konsole ability to function as controlled terminal emulator

John R MacMillan nba.xqr at weirdways.com
Wed Sep 9 17:20:15 UTC 2009


           Summary: wish: restore lost KDE3 konsole ability to function as
                    controlled terminal emulator
           Product: konsole
           Version: 2.2.2
          Platform: Ubuntu Packages
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: konsole-devel at kde.org
        ReportedBy: nba.xqr at weirdways.com

Version:           2.2.2 (using KDE 4.3.1)
OS:                Linux
Installed from:    Ubuntu Packages

Arguably this is a bug, as it represents a regression in behaviour, but
with the KDE4 makeover konsole is no longer able to function as a basic
terminal emulator for other tools / programs to use and control.

I work at a company that produces a Java GUI product that sometimes has to
launch console-based applications. It's cross platform, so we try to do this
in a console the user is familiar with. On Windows, they get an MS-DOS console,
on Gnome, a gnome-terminal, on KDE3 a konsole, and on KDE4...xterm (yuck).

The problem is that with KDE4 konsole no longer allows our application to
specify certain elements (eg. -vt_sz, -bg, -fg, --miniicon, -T, -geometry,

We use these to both control the look, size, and placement of the terminal
emulator, because we know reasonable values for these for the applications
we are launching in the terminal.

Essentially what we need is a way to create a one-off "profile" with
command-line options.

I know it might be possible to automatically craft up a profile to use,
but frankly, since all the other UNIX terminal emulators we support can
be controlled directly from the command-line, we would not bother, and we
will stick with xterm.

The KDE4 konsole changes possibly make for a better end-user experience
in the normal case of the user starting and using the konsole, but in the
case of other tools using it programmatically to display console-based
applications, it's definitely not as functional as in KDE3.

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