I just installed Ubuntu 18 on my desktop PC alongside Windows 10 and have been using Ubuntu without any problems for a couple of days. Today, when I booted up my computer, I am no longer able to open the terminal at all. I've tried restarting it multiple times, but it still won't work. If I click the terminal icon on my task bar, nothing happens. If I try opening the terminal with CTRL+ALT+t, it still doesn't work.

How can I resolve this?

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    No, the terminal doesn't show when I Alt+Tab – John Seed Oct 23 '18 at 19:42
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    When I run gnome-terminal from xterm, nothing happens.. – John Seed Oct 23 '18 at 23:30
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    After doing a fresh install of Ubuntu, once again the terminal is not showing when I open it. When I look in the System Monitor is shows that gnome-terminal is running, but there is no terminal visible whatsoever... – John Seed Oct 24 '18 at 23:37
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    Same here. And that's crazy. One of the most important features of linux - running a console window - is broken. In a LTS release! (We're not talking about a dev version here!) – Regis May Mar 22 '19 at 14:48
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    @FaustoR. I just created an answer to a similar question with a solution for this issue: askubuntu.com/a/1143596/167115 – mchid May 15 '19 at 23:52

I had the same problem. After updating python to version 3.7 some applications like jupyter notebook, meld and the terminal did not launch.

The solution: Symbolic link to python3.4" was lost: sudo apt-get --reinstall install python3-minimal


You can use ctrl+alt+F1 up to F6 to open multiple terminals in text mode. If you want to return to GUI press ctrl+alt+F7.

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