My terminal doesn't even work. When ever I start it, the window does not show up. The tty terminals work.

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    Jan 26, 2017 at 2:01

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Try Ctrl-Alt-T. This is the default keyboard shortcut to open a terminal in Ubuntu.

If the terminal does open, try running gnome-terminal. This should just duplicate the terminal you're currently running; it is the default terminal.

Additionally, you can try:

  • Alt-F2. This allows you to run a command as if you are in a terminal. I recommend again attempting to run gnome-terminal or perhaps xterm.

  • Right-click the "terminal" icon to remove from the Unity sidebar. Then, try to re-add it (perhaps after logging out and back in). If this fixed it, then that means that the sidebar link was somehow corrupted.

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