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    Question I can't input code into command terminal

    Recently I input commands to run tor and popilo and ever since my command terminal opens but I can't input any code as it's just a blank black screen. Any help would be much appreciated as google could not.
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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    Which terminal program? Does xterm work (alt-f2 for run dialog, enter 'xterm')?

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    I'm using gnome terminal and byobu neither of which will let me input codes.
    When I press alt f2 the dash pops up. Ctrl alt f2 brings up a full screen terminal, xterm brings up lots of codes??
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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    Quote Originally Posted by muggs13 View Post
    I'm using gnome terminal and byobu neither of which will let me input codes.
    When I press alt f2 the dash pops up. Ctrl alt f2 brings up a full screen terminal which asks me to login and password. Is this xterm?
    No, it is not xterm, but a text screen, that you can log in to an run 'any' command lines.

    ctrl + alt + F7

    will usually bring you back to the graphics screen.
    --
    Did you launch the commands with that particular terminal?
    Can you open a new terminal that works with

    ctrl + alt + t

    Try to log out and log in again!
    Reboot and see what happens!

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    Yes I used byobu and logging out and rebooting didn't change a thing.

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    What results from the key combination ctl+alt+t ???

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    ctrl -alt -t brings up gnome terminal and like byobu, I can't input any codes.

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    Go to a text screen with

    ctrl + alt + F2

    Purge gnome-terminal
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge gnome-terminal
    and reinstall it
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-terminal
    Go to the graphics screen again and see if gnome-terminal will work. If not try after rebooting.

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    It could be that you simply have black text on a black background. Open the preferences of your terminal and check the colours.

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    Re: I can't input code into command terminal

    Definitely not black text

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