View Full Version : [ubuntu] Terminal closes immediately upon opening

February 10th, 2011, 04:20 AM
I really can't say what I did that may have triggered this problem. I've been trying to setup remote access through SSH but that's about it. Haven't changed any settings in a bit though. I downloaded Konsole and it closes immediately as well. IDeas?

February 10th, 2011, 06:02 AM
Is it just when you ssh? Does it happen when you open a gnome-terminal (local graphical terminal)?

Here's a similar thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1578473).


February 10th, 2011, 04:30 PM
happens regardless of ssh. Happens on multiple users. I'm pretty sure the application is labeled as just gnome-terminal.

I've only been messing around with linux for a couple weeks and have already found a way to break it,....I'm pretty good right ;)

February 10th, 2011, 05:10 PM
Here's a trick to force a different shell instead of bash. Hit Alt-F2 to bring up the run dialog, and enter

env SHELL=/bin/sh gnome-terminal
Hopefully that will at least get a window open so you can search for the problem.

February 11th, 2011, 03:15 AM
ok yea that got it working at least. So ideas what I should start looking for?

Copper Bezel
February 11th, 2011, 06:21 AM
Sorry, posted, then answered my own question. So weird.

February 11th, 2011, 11:05 PM
Have you customized your .bashrc? If so maybe there's the problem. Recover the last backup of that file or undo your changes.

After that, my guess would be on the completion scripts. If you installed recently any software that uses a new "extension" for files, it have also may have installed a completion script (for example, if you install unrar, as a result you'll have a unrar completion script added to /etc/bash_completion.d).

Although helpful, some of those scripts do not work well in a non standard installation (different system paths for example).

BTW, since you maybe running sh on your gnome-terminal as suggested by gmargo, you can call bash like this:

$ bash
that way you can test if it's working or not.