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Posted on 2002-06-18
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Hi everybody,

when I open new terminal or xterminal window (SunOs 5.8, CDE 1.4) I have any default name, defined by comopany sys. admin. Usualy I have the are many open windows in my desk. When I minimize them all of them looks a same.

My question is:
How I can change a name of existed/opened terminal or xterminal ?

Thank you in advance.
Kug :))
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by:ahoffmann
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echo -n "^[]0;new title^G"
# depending on OS, xterm and shell you may have to use
echo -n "^[]0;new title^G" > `tty`

# where ^[  is ESC  and  ^G  is bell
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by:kug
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Ahoffmann,

I tried to run your commands in command in different shells (tcsh, csh, sh) it did nothing :((

Any other suggestions ?
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by:ahoffmann
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shell doesn't matter, usually.
The trick is to write the ESC and bell character.

Which terminal do you have? xterm? suncmd?
check with echo $TERM
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I use two type of terminals: dtterm & xterm
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my suggestion works for xterm, xter, linux, xwsh, iris-ansi
so I guess you didn't write the ESC correctly. How did you do it?
On the shell command line you have to write
   Ctrl-V key    followed by     ESC key
   Ctrl-V key    followed by     Ctrl-G key
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by:kug
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I think my problem to find a bell button.
I dont sure where is it on my keyboard( I have very strange, UK, one).

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there is no bell button, usually.
It's  Ctrl-G, means hit Ctrl and G
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Ahffman,

Thank you - right now it work !

Kug :)))))))))
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