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I am using the i3 window manager on Debian Stretch and for some reason I can't open a terminal via Alt+Enter or dmenu. I have tried the default terminal and gnome-terminal. I have also tried removing and reinstalling i3. TTYs still work.

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That's because the "default" terminal in i3 isn't actually a terminal it includes, it calls one of a few commonly installed terminal emulators like xterm and urxvt, including gnome-terminal:

i3-sensible-terminal

What happens when you run i3-sensible-terminal from the command line?

Edit: you can't open ANY terminal at all via dmenu? As long as the binary is in your $PATH it should open, regardless.

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I fixed it by using the command sudo rm -R /etc/i3*

This caused problems with the status bar so it is not recommended

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