reflecting names of running applications in terminal-names

Christian V. J. Brüssow cvjb at
Wed Sep 4 16:06:45 CEST 2002

On Wed, 04 Sep 2002 08:08:20 +0100
David Wijnants <dwijnants at> wrote:

> I tried this shell script version of the same thing:
>   #!/bin/sh
>   # changes the terminal title
>   printf "\x1b]0;$1\007"
> Works fine with rxvt, but not with xterm =(

I use a shell script with PROMTP_COMMAND (bash) to set the title of my
xterm to the cwd. To do this, I use something like:

echo -n "^[]2; YOUR TITLE GOES HERE ^G"

I also set the icon title with:

echo -n "^[]1; YOUR ICON TITLE GOES HERE ^G"

^[ is one(!) Escape character, and ^G is one (!) CTRL-G. Use an editor
that can insert these kind of characters correctly. Dont't forget the

This works fine for me with xterm, gnome-terminal, and


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