I have Ubuntu 12.04 and have tried a few desktop environments. I am currently testing out Xfce. It has a terminal emulator called "Terminal". When I launch it, I just get a black screen.

Xterm, UXTerm and Konsole all work normally

Where's my prompt?

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The prompt was there the whole time!

The problem was a color setting found in Edit->Profile Preferences where it said "Colors" and defaulted to "Use colors from system theme". This was making it Black on Black!

I changed it to White on Black because that's what I'm used to, but there are many options in there, and you can select from various pallets.

This came after checking to see that /etc/shells had the correct/bin/bash in it and making sure my /etc/passwd file had /bin/bash at the end of the listing for my user. Those were given as possible solutions in other threads in other forums.

  • By default when its in system theme, this is happening hilarious. Why by default they are not giving, this basic expectation and leaving us clueless.
    – buddy
    Jun 30, 2016 at 10:02
  • My GEUSS is that it's because xfce's default is more compatible with XUbuntu.
    – TecBrat
    Jun 30, 2016 at 10:05
  • 2016 and it's still defaulting to black on black...
    – Grant
    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:25

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