Multixterm creates multiple xterms that can be driven together or separately.

In its simplest form, multixterm is run with no arguments and commands are interactively entered in the first entry field. Press return (or click the "new xterm" button) to create a new xterm running that command.

To open terminals in all Argos computers run the following command:

multixterm -xc "ssh -X argos@%n" argos-dx-lalas argos-sx-lalas argos-dx-lgsw argos-sx-lgsw

Keystrokes in the "stdin window" are redirected to all xterms started by multixterm. xterms may be driven separately simply by focusing on them.

The stdin window must have the focus for keystrokes to be sent to the xterms. When it has the focus, the color changes to aquamarine. As characters are entered, the color changes to green for a second. This provides feedback since characters are not echoed in the stdin window.

Typing in the stdin window while holding down the alt or meta keys sends an escape character before the typed characters. This provides support for programs such as emacs.



The optional -xa argument indicates arguments to pass to xterm.


The optional -xc argument indicates a command to be run in each named xterm (see -xn). With no -xc argument, the command is the current shell.


The optional -xd argument indicates a directory to search for files that will appear in the Files menu. By default, the directory is: ~/lib/multixterm


The optional -xf argument indicates a file to be read at startup. See FILES below for more info.


The optional -xn argument indicates a name for each xterm. This name will also be substituted for any %n in the command argument (see -xc).
Topic revision: r2 - 31 Jul 2018, AndrewColson
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