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LilyTerm - A light and eazy-to-use terminal emulator for X.


lilyterm [-? | -h | --help] [-T TITLE | --title TITLE] [-R ROLE | --role ROLE] [-t NUMBER
| --tab NUMBER] [-n TAB NAMES | --tab_names TAB NAMES] [-d DIRECTORY |
--directory DIRECTORY] [-g GEOMETRY | --geometry GEOMETRY] [-l | -ls | --login]
[-ut] [-H | --hold] [-s | --separate] [-j | --join] [-p | --profile] [-u PROFILE
| --user_profile PROFILE] [-v | --version] [-e COMMAND | -x COMMAND | --execute


LilyTerm is a terminal emulator for the X Window System, based on the libvte library, and
aims to be fast and lightweight.


-? | -h | --help
Display a brief help message.

-T TITLE | --title TITLE
Specify the window title.

-R ROLE | --role ROLE
Specify the WM_WINDOW_ROLE string of window.

-t NUMBER | --tab NUMBER
Open multi tabs when starting up.

-n TAB NAMES | --tab_names TAB NAMES
Specify the tab names, separate with <Space>.

-d DIRECTORY | --directory DIRECTORY
Specify the init directory when starting up.

-g GEOMETRY | --geometry GEOMETRY
Specify the geometry of window when starting.
A reasonable example value is "80x24+0+0", witch means "width x height {+-} xoffset
{+-} yoffset" (without space).

-l | -ls | --login
Make the shell invoked as a login shell.

Disable recording the session in lastlog, utmp and wtmp.

-H | --hold
Hold the terminal window open when the command following -e/-x terminated.

-s | --separate
Run in separate process.

-j | --join
Integrate new created tabs to the last accessed window.
It may be useful for launching multi commands with LilyTerm in a shell script.

-p | --profile
Got a profile sample.

-u PROFILE | --user_profile PROFILE
Use a specified profile.

-v | --version
Show the version information.

-e COMMAND | -x COMMAND | --execute COMMAND
Run a command when starting up. Must be the final option.


The following key bindings may custom or disable by the right click menu [Set key

<Ctrl><`> Disable/Enable hyperlinks, function keys and right click menu for

<Ctrl><T> Add a New tab with current directory.

<Ctrl><PgUp/PgDn> Switch to Prev/Next tab.

<Ctrl><Home/End> Switch to First/Last tab.

<Ctrl><[/]> Move current tab Forward/Backward.

<Ctrl><Up/Down> Move current tab to First/Last.

<Ctrl><F1~F12> Switch to 1st ~ 12th tab.

<Ctrl><O> Select all the text in the Vte Terminal box.

<Ctrl><+/-/Enter> Increase/Decrease/Reset the font size of current tab.

<Alt><F11/Enter> Switch between fullwindow/unfullwindow and fullscreen/unfullscreen

<Shift><Left/Right> Emulate a mouse Scroll Up/Down event on Vte Terminal box.

<Shift><Up/Down> Asks to scroll Up/Down 1 line on Vte Terminal box.

<Shift><PgUp/PgDn> Asks to scroll Up/Down on Vte Terminal box.

Copy the text to clipboard / Paste the text in clipboard.

Copy the text to primary clipboard / Paste the text in primary
i.e. Emulate a middle button mouse click to copy/paste the text.

Some key bindings that disabled by default but maybe useful:

Close current tab.
Using <Ctrl><D> or 'exit' to close tabs is recommended.

Open a new window with current directory.

Rename the current tab.


/etc/xdg/lilyterm.conf System configure file

~/.config/lilyterm/default.conf User's profile.

Use [Save settings] in the right click menu to save the current tab's settings as default
to the specified profile.


Display UTF-8 character under C locale

Execute the following command under LilyTerm:

bind "set convert-meta off"
bind "set output-meta on"

And use the right click menu to set the text encoding to "UTF-8".

Launch LilyTerm under a chroot jail

Extract xauth info to a file (under X):

xauth extract /PathToChroot/tmp/display $DISPLAY

Mount the devpts device and /tmp (may not necessary) before chroot into a chroot jail:

mount /dev/pts /PathToChroot/dev/pts -t devpts
mount -o bind /tmp /PathToChroot/tmp (may not necessary)

Merge the extracted xauth info and set the DISPLAY environ after chroot into the
chroot jail:

xauth merge /tmp/display
export DISPLAY=:0

Launch LilyTerm directly, or run it under Xnest/Xephyr:

xinit ~/.xinitrc -- /usr/bin/Xnest :1 -ac -geometry 800x600


xinit ~/.xinitrc -- /usr/bin/Xephyr :1 -ac -screen 800x600

<Ctrl><S> and <Ctrl><Q> don't work under VIM:

Use the following command to turn off 'flow-Control' under LilyTerm:

stty raw


stty -ixon

BSD Users:

Please mount the procfs before launch LilyTerm:

mount -t procfs procfs /proc


TERM Sets what type of terminal attempts to emulate. Please always set to
"xterm" under LilyTerm.

VTE_CJK_WIDTH Controls the width of some ideographs should be "single width (narrow)" or
"double width (wide)" in a vte teminal.
This environment should be set before creating a vte widget.
In LilyTerm, you may set the VTE_CJK_WIDTH of a new tab to 'wide' with
right click menu 'New tab with specified locale' -> 'xx_XX.UTF-8 (Wide)' or
'UTF-8 (Wide)'.

PROMPT_COMMAND Customs the "Window Title" for shell.
The following is a reasonable example ~/.bashrc for bash:

case $TERM in
PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${HOSTNAME}: ${PWD}\007"'

The following is a reasonable example ~/.cshrc for csh/tcsh:

switch ($TERM)
case "xterm*":
setenv TITLE "%{\033]0;%m: %~\007%}"

set prompt = "${TITLE}%# "

Please visit http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Xterm-Title.html for more details.

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