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I'm seeing an issue launching gnome-terminal as a regular user. When in a Gnome desktop, clicking on the terminal in the program list menu, nothing happens. Interestingly, I do not see this issue when running as root (gnome-terminal launches as expected). Another thing is xterm launches fine, but a program like terminator will launch and immediately pend in error "Unable to start shell:/bin/bash". I feel like it is a permission issue somewhere and I tried comparing a diff of a root strace vs a regular user strace and didn't see anything. Any help would be appreciated on a good place to look.

Fresh install of CentOS 7

[root@localhost ~]# uname -r
3.10.0-957.21.3.el7.x86_64
[root@localhost ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core)
[root@localhost ~]# rpm -qa|grep gnome-terminal
gnome-terminal-3.28.2-2.el7.x86_64
gnome-terminal-nautilus-3.28.2-2.el7.x86_64
[root@localhost ~]# ls -l /bin/bash
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 964608 Oct 30  2018 /bin/bash
[root@localhost ~]# cat /etc/locale.conf
LANG="en_US.UTF-8"
  • what does strace gnome-terminal say? Add it to the question for readability. – SHawarden Jul 1 at 21:25
  • Try to start gnome-terminal from the command line in xterm, see what it says. I suspect that your gnome-terminal profile has a bad start command. – stolenmoment Jul 2 at 9:56

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