One application that has been updated in Mac OS X Lion is the venerable
terminal.app which finally supports 256 colours. While playing around with emoji characters, I realised they were quite useful to mark different terminals. I typically have multiple windows open with local and remote shells, along with a python interpreter. Previously I used the background colour of the terminal to distinguish the various contexts, but now I also add a relevant emoji in the title. Among the useful characters for this use
- Shell 🐚
- Snake (Python) 🐍
- Camel 🐫
- Computer 💻
- Bug 🐛
- Ant 🐜
To add the character to a terminal’s title, just go into
Terminal/Preferences, select the
Settings Icon and the
Window tab. In the
Title item, you can enter the emoticon in the title text.
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Fun mais c est quoi le truc pour assigner d’un titre a ton terminal? Ca manque un peu d’explications.
J’ai ajouté des explications…
Nice trick. For those who use a lot of tabs, you can also use the emoji in your bash PROMPT_COMMAND. E.g.
PROMPT_COMMAND=’echo -ne “33]0;
hmm, the comment system ate all of the special characters. Just search this for PROMPT_COMMAND to get the correct syntax:
Very interesting. I noticed that your home directory is not in your terminal titlebar. Did you get rid of it? I’d love to do that.
Ah, all I did was comment out the PROMPT_COMMAND line in /etc/bashrc and the cwd in the Terminal title bar is gone.