Yet Another Terminal Emulator thread

I am on the hunt for another terminal. I just switched from Xfce4 to Sakura, but what I really want in a terminal emulator is:

As light as possible while still having a GUI color selector (Sakura has only pre-defined palettes, and no option to set starting size, it is always 80x24). Oh and GTK based; as much as I like konsole it pulls down three quarters of Plasma on Cinnamon.

Have you tried Alacritty? After Konsole, it is my favourite.

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I think alacritty is one of the heavier terminals so I am not sure it meets the lightweight requirement.

Alternatively, even the heaviest of terminals is pretty lightweight so I am not sure it makes all that much difference.

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The problem with alacritty is the lack of gui settings.

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“As light as possible while still having a GUI color selector”

Config files I have to edit by hand every time I change theme is a pain.

Edit: Ok I bite… anyone have a good config file?

There may be an easier way:

It’s in the repos: https://www.archlinux.org/packages/community/any/python-pywal/

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Speaking of: Is there a generic command to launch a terminal or should I make an alias?
Example: %terminal% to launch preferred terminal?

Edit: I just created an alias called terminal that launches whatever terminal I edit it to.

Hmmm it does not seem to actually work with terminal based apps such as nnn or ranger, at least not in alacritty. Maybe it’s because i use fish?

Even if I start ranger from within a terminal with a custom color scheme it reverts back to default until I quit ranger. Same with nnn.

OT pywal thing

Not sure, it works OK for me with ZSH and Terminator.

what drawbacks made you switch away from xfce4-terminal?
is it features? performance? does it also pull xfce?

@dalto - alacritty is not heavy!

psmem  | grep -i  alacritty
 19.5 MiB +  24.0 MiB =  43.5 MiB       alacritty

psmem  | grep -i  konsole
 15.7 MiB +  27.2 MiB =  42.9 MiB       konsole
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@xircon
hmm xfce4-terminal is even lighter and as far as I can see it’s also light on dependencies (it doesn’t pull xfce).
Anyway the dropdown feature is something hard to beat on a non-tiling DE.

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(General tip: you can save 730KB of space on the server if you copy+paste text output as text. :wink:)

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suckless st:

 2.8 MiB +   3.8 MiB =   6.6 MiB       st

:wink:

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wow so we’re talking that slim… at some point that slendernes will sacrifice some features though, right?

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Yeh, it is pretty featureless and changes need to be recompiled, needs tmux/screen to make it usable.

st-luke allows some config via .Xresources though :smiley:

Well I just wanted as few dependencies as possible plus try something new.
Edit: I think I’ll give up on alacritty tho. Just like with urxvt it’s just not practical for any other purpose than cred on unixporn.

(Last post on this: I think it’s a Cinnamon problem: No matter what you specify as default terminal, unless it’s Gnome Terminal no terminal apps with icons in the menu works. Not htop, not ranger, not gtop…)

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Would this be YATE, not to be confused with YAST starting with the same letters. :slight_smile: The latter is owned by Suse.