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    No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Hi,

    I would appreciate some help please. I am using Ubuntu 12:04, but I am having a problem with the Terminal. I can open it up ok, but there's no cursor (terminal prompt). As you can guess, this is a real nuisance because it makes it impossible for me to type entries.

    Any help for a newbie would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    Decani.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Quote Originally Posted by Decani View Post
    Hi,

    I would appreciate some help please. I am using Ubuntu 12:04, but I am having a problem with the Terminal. I can open it up ok, but there's no cursor (terminal prompt). As you can guess, this is a real nuisance because it makes it impossible for me to type entries.

    Any help for a newbie would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    Decani.
    It's hard to say but it certainly is because of some "tweak" you have applied. If you let people know what mods you have made, someone may be able to help. Don't omit mods because you may think they aren't related to your problem.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    I have had the same problem and i had made no "tweaks" before it stopped working.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Bump, this really becoming a problem. I use terminal alot.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    What has happen to me in the past was a blank terminal screen. For some reason black on black was default and just needed to be changed.

    You could also create a new profile ( under edit>profiles) and see if that gets you anywhere.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Quote Originally Posted by tjacks View Post
    Bump, this really becoming a problem. I use terminal alot.
    There is a command to turn the cursor on or off, but it only works during the current session (until you quit the terminal). Still, you can try it to see if the cursor can be turned on:

    Start the terminal and enter the command

    Code:
    setterm -cursor on
    If by some chance this should work, the command could be placed in ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_aliases to automatcally insure it comes on.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
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    If by some chance this should work, the command could be placed in ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_aliases to automatcally insure it comes on.
    How would putting the command in ~/.bash_aliases help?
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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    How would putting the command in ~/.bash_aliases help?
    The terminal reads this file every time it starts up. It is intended for your alias definitions, but other commands can be placed there, such as altering $PATH


    Edit: It may need to be created by the user. Look at .bashrc and you see the reference to it. It is read only if present.
    Last edited by Dennis N; December 24th, 2012 at 05:45 PM.

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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    The terminal reads this file every time it starts up. It is intended for your alias definitions, but other commands can be placed there, such as altering $PATH
    Okay, thanks! Just tried it and it works perfectly. Learned something new
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    Re: No cursor in Terminal Ubuntu 12:04

    If the suggestion in post #6 does not work, I would suggest you try purging and reinstalling the terminal (probably gnome-terminal).

    Should that fail to correct the problem, another idea is to install a different terminal along with or in place of your existing one:

    try lxterminal or xfce4-terminal

    One of those might work for you.
    Last edited by Dennis N; December 24th, 2012 at 06:25 PM.

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