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Old 03-10-2006, 05:04 PM   #1
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using terminal

two quick questions I can't figure out:

seems like there would be a quick ctrl-? shortcut to open terminal, as this would be incredibly handy. I can't seem to find one anywhere. what is it, or how might I make one myself?

What is the terminal command for openoffice programs? is there a single command I could use for different openoffice documents, as in:

>openoffice spreadsheet.ods


>openoffice textfile.odt

I was frustrated with linux at first, but I think terminal is going to be what makes it better than windows for me. I type quickly enough that a ctrl-? shortcut and "firefox" is quicker than the mouse.
Old 03-10-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
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Whew! Good to see that someone apart from me still admires the console! For you, the best solution would be one of these apps:
Yakuake (, do a search....)- a kde app, pop-down console from the top of your screen upon pressing F12.
Tilda - about the same, but not kde-specific.
And the binding depends highly on your ditro and prefs.
Old 03-10-2006, 05:31 PM   #3
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I don't use OpenOffice but I have before and this *might* work.
soffice filename.ext
Old 03-10-2006, 06:05 PM   #4
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Since you're using Ubuntu, the OpenOffice cli command is indeed the one you indicated yourself; you just need to supply the exact path to a file. If you use the command without specifying a file name/path, it'll open a new text document.

I don't know a Ctrl+? shortcut to open a terminal, but apart from the solution BinJajer proposed, you can open a terminal and keep it open - you just need to send you processes to the background to keep it usable. In Ubuntu, you can also activate a GNOME taskbar applet called mini commander that gives you a limited cli to start programs from. A terminal to work in and mini commander to call stuff you'd just like to run turned out to be usable for me (I'm using this combination on my Debian system).

For YaKuake, do keep in mind that you'll need to install numerous packages if you're trying that on Ubuntu (in Debian, KDE's already there, but they don't have a YaKuake package for Sarge). 11 packages, 22 MB download, 75 MB disk space used - no small amount if you only use the libs for YaKuake.

btw. right click on your desktop - the topmost command to click is "open terminal"...


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