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I suddenly cannot open a gnome-terminal window in Linux Mint. I installed xterm and guake too now looking for a replacement, but none of them will open either.

When I do try to open gnome-terminal by any method, the window will flash on the screen, but then it instantly closes before I can really see anything. My .xsession-error file is completely full of different messages, but the following is an example of what seems to be triggered directly when I try to open gnome-terminal.

Window manager warning: Log level 16: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.36.0/./gobject/gsignal.c:2593: instance `0xacf1710' has no handler with id `17056'
Window manager warning: Log level 16: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.36.0/./gobject/gsignal.c:2593: instance `0xacf1710' has no handler with id `17057'
Window manager warning: Log level 16: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.36.0/./gobject/gsignal.c:2593: instance `0xaa1ae80' has no handler with id `17102'
Window manager warning: Log level 16: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.36.0/./gobject/gsignal.c:2593: instance `0xaa1ae80' has no handler with id `17103'
    JS ERROR: !!!   Exception was: Error: got a _calcWindowNumber callback but this._appButton is undefined
    JS ERROR: !!!   Exception was a String
      JS LOG: AppTrackerError: get_window_app returned null and there was no record of metaWindow in internal database 

Guake behaves similarly. With xterm, I see nothing at all... no window and no new error messages. The eshell inside emacs and the command executer associated with Alt+F2 both seem to be working fine.

  • "My .xsession-error file is completely full of different messages" ... How big is it? If you're just a normal user, it shouldn't be more than a few lines. – user15760 Dec 16 '13 at 4:11
  • At the moment it has 1088 lines! – Brian Z Dec 16 '13 at 18:02
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I eventually found the answer on my own. I had done something to my /etc/passwd/ file, without really understanding what I was doing. Restoring that seems to have fixed the problem.

  • let's just say lol – Kiwy Dec 18 '13 at 16:01
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    Hey... you were a n00b once too. – Brian Z Dec 18 '13 at 16:05
  • that's true and I'm still is in fact :D – Kiwy Dec 18 '13 at 23:07

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