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I am trying to repair my daughters ubuntu machine 12.04. I am not very familiar with the gnome 3 system, using lubuntu myself.

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?

No I could open gnome-terminal (after updating to 12.10) 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 isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/65-ttf-sil-andika.conf", line 32: Having multiple in isn't supported and may not works as expected

Another update ... I have now reinstalled ubuntu 12.10 over the previous installation ... 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 becaiuse of my somewhat inusual situation /// This is a Norweg9an language version of ubuntu, with a spanish keyboard?

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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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