The GNOME Terminal maintainer asked me to make some changes to get it accepted.
In response, I wrote a new patch for GNOME Terminal 2.26.
Then last Friday, we had a "Hackathon" day at work, a day where we get to work on any project we like.
I figured I'd improve on this work and also display a desktop notification after seeing how cool they look in Ubuntu 9.04 [video].
There's now another patch that you should apply on top of the other patch that will make it look something like this.
Hopefully it's coming to a distribution near you!
Until then, you can install it manually.
You'll need VTE version 0.20 or higher, plus some other development libraries. (Ubuntu 9.04 is recommended, but not required: it will work in Ubuntu 8.10 provided you download VTE from SVN.)
Steps to install:
- Run these commands
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-devel libvte-dev libnotify-dev
$ mkdir gnome-terminal
$ cd gnome-terminal
$ svn co -r 3419 http://svn.gnome.org/svn/gnome-terminal/trunk
$ cd trunk
$ wget -O ~/patch1.diff http://bugzilla.gnome.org/attachment.cgi?id=133862
$ wget -O ~/patch2.diff http://bugzilla.gnome.org/attachment.cgi?id=134686
$ patch -p0 < ~/patch1.diff
$ patch -p1 < ~/patch2.diff
$ sudo make install
$ echo -E 'PS1="\\007$PS1"' >> ~/.bashrc # or ~/.zshrc or whatever
- Close all GNOME Terminal windows
- Open GNOME Terminal
- Go to Profile->Profile Preferences
- Flash the window list icon and bold the tab title when the terminal rings the bell
- Show a desktop notification when the terminal rings the bell
- Run a long command (e.g. sleep 15)
- Switch to another program window (e.g. Firefox, Evolution, etc.) while you're waiting