I followed this answer to install termite. Now my Gnome terminal is not starting at all and I only get this error when launching it from termite:

Error constructing proxy for org.gnome.Terminal:/org/gnome/Terminal/Factory0: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.Terminal: Timeout was reached

I tried to purge and install again but I still have the same problem.

Even removing the symlink that answer indicated to create has not helped. How can I restore it?


  • did you intend for termite to replace gnome terminal? why are you attempting to launch gnome terminal from within termite? Are you having any problems with the shell in termite? What version of Ubuntu are you running? Do you have a desktop? What happens when you launch gnome terminal using the DE or thru CTRL + ALT + T? – Nmath Jun 6 at 3:42
  • I did not intent to replace it. I am launching it from there because from dash is not starting and I wanted to see the error output. No matter where I launch it from, it never starts. – b-fg Jun 6 at 3:44
  • Please let them (at the linked answer) know that their instuctions are broken! – egmont Jun 6 at 7:57
  • Just added a comment there, thanks. – b-fg Jun 6 at 9:14

It looks like installing an old version of vte-ng is incompatible with the the version gnome-terminal requires. This is a known bug as posted here.



I had to run make uninstall from the vtg-ng folder I downloaded from GitHub to recover my gnome-terminal.

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    Installing vte-ng, per se, does not break gnome-terminal. What breaks gnome-terminal is if you install an older version of vte-ng than the system vte, in a way that gnome-terminal will try to load this older vte-ng. – egmont Jun 6 at 7:58
  • Thanks for the clarification. – b-fg Jun 6 at 9:11

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