sending to an xterm

Kent Tenney ktenney at
Fri Aug 8 23:21:40 CEST 2008

Derek Martin <code <at>> writes:

> On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 08:25:19PM +0000, Kent Tenney wrote:
> > Howdy,
> > 
> > I want to open an xterm, send it a command and have it execute it.
> You can't do that.  xterm doesn't execute shell commands passed on
> stdin...  It can, however, execute one passed on the command line.
> Instead of just running xterm, you can run "xterm -e 'cmd foo bar'"
> where cmd is the program to run and foo and bar are its arguments.
> The problem is that as soon as the program exits, xterm will exit
> also.

Sorry to reply before getting googly

This appears to be a solution;

xterm -e "ls; bash"

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