Im trying to enable a Kernel-module in my Yocto image, as I have done this already before with an older installation where this works properly.

This is the command I'm running:

$ bitbake linux-variscite -c menuconfig

And then I've got this error:

$ ERROR: Unable to spawn terminal auto: ... ... (Translated to English) The option "--disable-factory" is not supported in this Version of gnome-terminal.

AFAIK yocto tries with "disable-factory" to open a new instance of a gnome-terminal.

My Host-System is a Debian Jessie with Mate-Desktop environment. I've also tried to run bitbake from a KDE-Konsole, bit then I've get the same error, so I assume yocto calls "gnome-terminal" direct.

What can I do? Any suggestions?


Regards, Thomas

2 Answers 2


Last time I had to do this I overrode the default gnome-terminal, which I don't have, with xterm. Assuming you have installed xterm then edit your local.conf file, eg with

echo 'OE_TERMINAL = "xterm"' >>conf/local.conf
  • Works for me on Exception: OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied; ERROR: Function failed: do_menuconfig
    – firo
    Mar 19, 2018 at 4:41

I faced a very close problem with Yocto. I use to configure and compile Linux kernels with a Yocto tool-chain through a ssh X forwarded session. The computer on which I run Yocto is installed with a regular Ubuntu-16.04. If I use the menuconfig command directly on this computer everything is going well and the menuconfig window comes up into a gnome-terminal.

    bitbake -c menuconfig -f virtual/kernel

But as soon as I use the same command line into a ssh session the same gnome-terminal never shows up:

ERROR: Unable to spawn terminal auto: Execution of '.../linux/0.1-r0/temp/run.do_terminal.13867' failed with exit code 1: Option "-t" is no longer supported in this version of gnome-terminal.

Error constructing proxy for org.gnome.Terminal:/org/gnome/Terminal/Factory0: Could not connect: Connection refused

My solution was to edit the terminal.py file into the poky directory as :

sources/poky/meta/lib/oe/terminal.py and add the dbus-lanch.

 line 56 : command = 'dbus-launch gnome-terminal -t "{title}" --disable-factory -x {command}'

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