Debugging Programmatically Opened Terminals in Gnome

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If you are building something that is opening a terminal, perhaps a fancy URL handler or something similar but there are errors causing the terminal to instantly close, then this is the solution for you.

It’s actually really simple!

Create a new profile

Select the “Title and Command” tab

at the bottom there is an option “when command exits”

You can switch this to “Hold Terminal Open” which will keep the terminal open so you can see the error message and then fix it

You need to add the following flag to your gnome-terminal launcher:

gnome_terminal --window-with-profile={profile_name}