My GUI is completely messed up and I need to get the gnome terminal working. Ctrl-Alt-T doesn't work because Unity or Gnome are broken. All I'm getting is a mouse and another program that I launched with other keys. I need to login into TTY (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and write a command that will open the gnome terminal in the GUI (Ctrl+Alt+F7). I already tried nohup and some other command I don't remember. I have also tried placing the terminal into startup but it didn't start at boot.


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From tty1 you can open the gnome-terminal in tty7 (where the GUI should be started) by running the following command:

env DISPLAY=:0 gnome-terminal

See some more explanations in this post.

  • Thanks, ok its good. If i have a question about restoring gnome, can i ask you if anything? Jul 8, 2014 at 19:19
  • @NickBailuc Then try to reinstall ubuntu-desktop package (sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop) if this is what you use as GUI... Jul 8, 2014 at 19:25
  • Ive done that, i reinstalled gnome, unity, xorg, ubuntudesktop. This was initially a driver issue. Jul 8, 2014 at 19:30

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