When I try and open the gnome terminal, by clicking the 'terminal' icon in apps, I get a loading and then nothing happens. Is there some way of seeing the background output of trying to open it to try an ddebug it?


So I was able to open xterminal and tried starting the gnome terminal like this: gnome-terminal

This resulted in this output, sorry if it is slightly wrong I had to manually copy it since I couldn't work out how to copy and paste in xterminal:

Error constructing proxy for org.gnome.Terminal:/org/gnome/Terminal/Factory0: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.Terminal: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited: Process org.gnome.Terminal exited with status 8


So I got it working again by using google fu to find this thread which got me to enter: locale-gen and reboot which seemed to fix it.

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    open another terminal (xterm, rxvt, ...) , and try to run gnome-terminal from there Sep 21, 2016 at 9:32

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As Ipor Sircer suggests, if you can open another terminal, you can run gnome-terminal from there.

Alternatively, you can dump gnome-terminal's output to a file: assuming you're running GNOME, press AltF2 and enter

sh -c "gnome-terminal > ~/gnome-terminal.log 2>&1"

Then you'll find all the output in ~/gnome-terminal.log.

  • Thanks this got me on the right path, because I was able to search the internet for the answer, since I had the error message
    – Cjen1
    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:56

In Ubuntu 18.04 after installing Google Chrome gnome-terminal doesn't work. Wait to log and then timeout.

Please check - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-terminal/+bug/1772259

Run in xterm or other terminal the following commands:

# This works for me
dbus-launch gnome-terminal

# Fix
dbus-update-activation-environment --systemd --all
gnome-terminal &

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