Good day,

I installed Arch Linux with Gnome Classic as desktop environment. The problem now is that the Terminal doesn't work. When I click on the Terminal the mouse cursor indicates busy and then nothing happens. Can anybody tell me how I can stop the X-Server with a keyboard shortcut or how I can fix this? Arch Linux is pretty useless without a Terminal.

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    alt-ctr-backslash - instant exit from xorg Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 19:08

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This is a known issue. Due to missing 'DISPLAY' variable in D-Bus session services system cannot start gnome-terminal and default file manager nautilus. You need to properly configure ~/.initrc and ~/.bashrc. You can take the following steps

  1. First configure your ~/.initrc file. Arch provides a default configuration in '/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d' file. Copy the content of this file to ~/.initrc to get the primary configuration.
  2. Append the following line at the bottom of ~/.bashrc

    dbus-update-activation-environment --all

  3. Do a reboot


The following worked for me: If you don't have a working terminal, enter a virtual console (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+f1), type

sudo locale-gen

and reboot.

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