I have been using Mint 17.2 for over a month with no problems, but today for reasons I can't explain the terminal window won't open. When I launch it it immediately closes the window before initializing.

I did not do any upgrades or system modifications recently, I was just using the web & email today when the system froze (this has happened before and it's never been a big deal) but after reboot I have this problem with the terminal.

So far I've:

  • Rebooted a few more times
  • Ran pending updates (not much; installed fine but didn't help)
  • Installed xterm as an alternative, but it does the same thing
  • Tried the terminal built into my IDE - it too won't open
  • Searched the web for this scenario - found this post with the same reported symptom but otherwise doesn't seem related

Any recommendations for how to troubleshoot?

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  • Try switching to a VT (Ctrl-Alt-F3 will do it) and logging in with your username and password. – Tom Hunt Dec 1 '15 at 1:15
  • Thanks @TomHunt - logging in would flash the welcome message for an instant then return me to the login prompt. I eventually tracked the problem to my .bashrc file. – Coleman Dec 1 '15 at 1:32

I figured it out - an app I recently installed apparently had introduced a syntax error into my ~/.bashrc file. Reverting that fixed the problem.

  • what app are you referring to? – cremefraiche Dec 1 '15 at 2:24
  • Drush 8 - running the command drush init modifies the .bashrc file, haven't dug deeply enough to know what's wrong with the lines it adds, but they are definitely the ones that crashed my terminal. – Coleman Dec 1 '15 at 16:30

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