View Full Version : [gnome] How to get a Terminal window in Gnome?

April 5th, 2012, 04:56 AM
I'm fairly new to Ubuntu. I have Ubuntu Desktop, on which I installed Virtual Box, and created a VM where I have installed Ubuntu Server. In an effort to get a GUI, I installed Gnome. Now, the VM will only boot to Gnome, and there is no Terminal option in the menu. I tried to add my own, but I can't find "gnome-terminal" and it seems no matter what I do, I can't get any of the commands I find throughout the file system to open a shell window. If I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 thru F7, it switches the terminals on the host machine, not on the VM. I don't want to have to wipe the VM and reinstall, there's got to be a way to get it to launch a command line window.

Alternatively, if I do start over, I am thinking my steps would be to install Ubuntu, then install gnome-desktop, gdm, and gnome-terminal before running gdm, right?

April 5th, 2012, 05:07 AM
BTW, I found a blog that said how to install Gnome, here's the link: http://cduu.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/install-gnome-on-ubuntu-11-10-server

April 5th, 2012, 05:22 AM
Dang, figured it out. I rebooted the VM, and during the boot menu booted into recovery mode, at which point I did the sudo apt-get install gnome-terminal. Bummer that wasn't included in the base package!

April 5th, 2012, 05:30 AM
Server is not meant to have a GUI, and if you choose to add one then Gnome is a poor choice as it is really heavy.

And to access terminal


should work in all flavours if you cant find the shortcut to terminal.

April 5th, 2012, 02:20 PM
If you are using VirtualBox then HOSTKEY+F1 - HOSTKEY+F7 will switch virtual terminals on your VM.

If you haven't changed it then HOSTKEY is the CTRL key on the right by default.