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The machine has some problems:

  • I can not find the Gnome 3 applications permitting to browse installed programs.
  • Synaptic will not start (starting it opens the synaptic window, asking the password, and then immedatly quitting after typing the password).
  • I can not find any terminal application! (searching for "terminal" says "not found").

Any ideas how to repair this machine?

I could open gnome-terminal after updating to 12.10, but the other problems remain! Here is the output when trying to start synaptic from the terminal:

phajsi@phajsi-laptop:~$ sudo synaptic
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 14: Having multiple values in <test> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple <family> in <alias> isn't supported and may not works as expected

Another update: I have now reinstalled Ubuntu 12.10 over the previous installation, and all the problems remain!

What can be the reason for this?

  1. It was necessary to wipe the old installation and to do a completely new install, not reinstall.
  2. Problems caused because of my somewhat unusual situation? This is a Norwegian language version of Ubuntu, with a Spanish keyboard.
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closed as too broad by Eliah Kagan, Braiam, guntbert, Eric Carvalho, Sylvain Pineau Sep 15 at 6:49

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Though probably not the cause of the actual problems, the fontconfig warnings are probably due to this sort of fixable situation. –  Eliah Kagan Sep 14 at 15:02
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Could you ask a separated question for each issue. –  Braiam Sep 14 at 15:03

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Sorry to hear about your situation - I know that this can be a real pain...

So far as opening the terminal, as Abdillah has indicating you can use CTRL+ALT+T or you can also open it via command using ALT+F2 and typing the command directly: 'gnome-terminal'.

I would be interested to learn the output that is generated when you attempt to launch Synaptic from the terminal...

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Maybe this will help you on finding the terminal: Can't search for terminal in Unity dash

Have you try G. He last comment? (Inside the link) Ctrl+Alt+T or search terminal on installed apps.

Update : I have learn about bash executable script. Try this. 1. Make a text file like this on desktop :

#!/bin/bash
// call bash (terminal)
bash
exit 0
  1. Save it .sh
  2. RightClick > Options > Properties > Permission > Check 'allow executing file as program' > OK
  3. Open file > Run In Terminal
  4. Doing some reset to the unity (like unity --reset <= get more info about this command)

(o) Command listing package : dpkg --get-selections

[Just trying to help.]

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