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I've just completed a fresh install of Debian Stretch on a server that had previously been running Jessie, with /home preserved.

Now gnome-terminal fails to load. Here's syslog:

18:29:02 alan dbus-daemon[918]: Activating via systemd: service name='org.gnome.Terminal'     nome-terminal-server.service'
18:29:02 alan systemd[899]: Starting GNOME Terminal Server...
18:29:02 alan gnome-terminal-server[4714]: Non UTF-8 locale (ANSI_X3.4-1968) is not supported!
18:29:02 alan systemd[899]: gnome-terminal-server.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=8/     18:29:02 alan systemd[899]: Failed to start GNOME Terminal Server.
18:29:02 alan systemd[899]: gnome-terminal-server.service: Unit entered failed state.
18:29:02 alan systemd[899]: gnome-terminal-server.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
18:29:27 alan org.gnome.Shell.desktop[1003]: Error constructing proxy for org.gnome.Terminal:/org/    erminal/Factory0: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.Terminal: Timeout was reached
18:29:46 alan firefox-esr.desktop[1732]: Promise resolved while context is inactive
18:29:47 alan firefox-esr.desktop[1732]: Promise rejected after context unloaded: Message manager     ected
18:31:02 alan dbus-daemon[918]: Failed to activate service 'org.gnome.Terminal': timed out

I assumed that the non-UTF locale was the problem, and tried the following fixes based on googling:

Set /etc/environment to contain

LANG="en_GB.UTF-8"
LCALL="en_GB.UTF-8"

Set /etc/default/locale to

LANG=en_GB.UTF-8

and rebooted. Locale now returns

root@alan:/etc# locale
LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
LANGUAGE=
LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_TIME="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_COLLATE="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_MONETARY="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_MESSAGES="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_PAPER="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_NAME="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_ADDRESS="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_TELEPHONE="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_MEASUREMENT="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_GB.UTF-8"
LC_ALL=

but gnome-terminal still won't load.

Is this really a locale problem? Where would gnome-terminal be getting its locale from? What else could cause this?

  • LC_ALL= must maybe be defined as UTF-8 too .. ll you need to do to fix this is regenerate the broken locale files. just do sudo locale-gen and check if the file /etc/default/locale has the following 2 definitions LANG="en_US.UTF-8" LANGUAGE="en_US" or GB .... for you ... & this will be ok I think – francois P Jan 5 '18 at 20:25
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    I answered this once already at unix.stackexchange.com/questions/413880 . (-: – JdeBP Jan 5 '18 at 22:42
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Can you run (as root or sudo)...

dpkg-reconfigure locales

and see if that fixes the problem?

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  • Yes, I've tried that, no effect. – Dan Jan 6 '18 at 12:40

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