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I had a bit of rough time with Ubuntu yesterday when the home screen went blank and no program icons or sidebars were visible. Today after recovering from it and saving the essential data, I have found that the terminal applications packed with Ubuntu has erased itself from applications and instead new terminal applications called UXTerm and xTerm have appeared in its place.

They do almost the same job but have many limitation such as not being able to copy and paste from terminal screen. I really want to get back my old terminal application :(

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Can you tell us what was the old terminal emulator you used? – NlightNFotis Aug 23 '13 at 6:01
Most likely that was gnome-terminal? Maybe check if it's still there by typing gnome-terminal in one of the terminals you mentioned. If it's not installed you can easily reinstall it with sudo apt-get install gnome-terminal. Most likely triggers will reconfigure it as the default afterwards... – On a eu. Aug 23 '13 at 6:20
i tried puting in sudo apt-get gnome-terminal ... i get -> E: Invalid operation gnome-terminal – Altanai Bisht Aug 23 '13 at 9:00
oh no wao i forgot putting in install between apt-get and gnome-terminal .... teriific it worked i hav my terminal now !!! thanks illuminE – Altanai Bisht Aug 23 '13 at 9:03
And just for the record, xterm does have cut and paste, it uses 'Ctrl-Insert' to implicitly copy (selecting something auto-copies) and 'Shift-Insert' to paste (UXTerm may be the same, I've never used it). – Drav Sloan Aug 23 '13 at 9:53
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Maybe it's not the best solution, but may I suggest that you install Terminator.

It's a very well suggested terminal emulator (see lifehacker article and linux and life) that among many things, has the capability to split the terminal screen into many more terminals.

If you are interested, installing it is as easy as an apt-get install terminator and setting it as the system default in ubuntu can be done with gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec 'terminator'

If you do install it you can read more about it how to effectively use it here and here (this one is an old guide, but it still holds for the most part)

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heyy thanks for suggesting terminator .. it works fine too.. i see it also has better options such as splitting horizontal, vertical etc . – Altanai Bisht Aug 23 '13 at 9:04
Hey @AltanaiBisht glad you liked it. :) – NlightNFotis Aug 23 '13 at 11:26

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