Terminator is my choice of terminal in debian. I seem to have broken it while playing with its profile preferences.

I can't open it normally as other applications. However after becoming root I can access it through gnome-terminal. When it opens, the following warning pops up:

An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for terminator. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly.

Details :

No D-BUS daemon running

4 Answers 4


Have you tried purging the package and then reinstalling it?

apt-get purge terminator

Then delete configuration files located in your home directory

rm -rfvI /home/your_user_name/.config/terminator

This should remove all the config files. Now reinstall.

apt-get install terminator
  • Yes I did. But the problem prevails!!
    – Amit Raj
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:44
  • Do you have the ~/.config/terminator/config file? If so you might have to manually delete it.
    – 111---
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:46
  • Yes did it, but still not working.
    – Amit Raj
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:50
  • Ok so just to make sure, you purged the package with apt-get purge terminator then deleted all config files from your user's directory (not root's home directory by accident). I suggest specifying your user's home directory rather than using ~ like rm -rfvI /home/your_user_name/.config/terminator. Then reinstall terminator. If this does not do the trick then I'm stumped.
    – 111---
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:55
  • I had deleted the config files from the root directory. Sorry, my bad!! Problem solved :D thanks to you :)
    – Amit Raj
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:02

Instead of removing entire Terminator, just purge its configuration file and restart. This hack work for me

sudo rm ~/.config/terminator/* -rfv

I didn't face this issue in ubuntu normal flavor, but with ubuntu-gnome, I had to install python-psutil to run it.

sudo apt-get install python-psutil

and then try opening terminator


Instead of purging entire Terminator, just purge its configuration file and restart. It will work for sure.

sudo rm ~/.config/terminator/config

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