[Solved] Terminal not opening – Ubuntu

I was facing this problem on my PC yesterday (This is an updated post, this yesterday is long back :P). I had to use Xterm instead of Gnome Terminal. I searched a lot on Internet and finally got a solution.

Error details are pasted below:

Unable to access the Terminal session.

Accessed Xterm and executed the following command to access the Gnome Terminal manually.


I got the following error while doing so:

[email protected]:~# gnome-terminal

(process:2689): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
        Using the fallback 'C' locale.

Error constructing proxy for org.gnome.Terminal:/org/gnome/Terminal/Factory0: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.Terminal: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited: Process org.gnome.Terminal exited with status 9


I tried to update the Gnome Terminal. However, that didn’t work. Finally I had to purge “locale-gen” on the system to fix the problem with Gnome Terminal.

Executed the following command:

locale-gen --purge
[email protected]:~# locale-gen --purge
Generating locales (this might take a while)...
  en_AG.UTF-8... done
  en_AU.UTF-8... done
  en_BW.UTF-8... done
  en_CA.UTF-8... done
  en_DK.UTF-8... done
  en_GB.UTF-8... done
  en_HK.UTF-8... done
  en_IE.UTF-8... done
  en_IN.UTF-8... done
  en_NG.UTF-8... done
  en_NZ.UTF-8... done
  en_PH.UTF-8... done
  en_SG.UTF-8... done
  en_US.UTF-8... done
  en_ZA.UTF-8... done
  en_ZM.UTF-8... done
  en_ZW.UTF-8... done
Generation complete.

Yup, try to access the Gnome Terminal now!
Let me know if you have any questions.

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14 thoughts on “[Solved] Terminal not opening – Ubuntu

  1. i am click on terminal,but it will not open ,how can i fix this, i already try above command,can u suggest me how can i fix it.

  2. Hello Arunlal,
    I was getting python errors while opening the terminal using XTerm. I tried the fix you mentioned but unfortunately it could not fix the issue. The good news I could at last find solution and it’s given below.
    Recently I upgraded Python and I think that caused the issue. I upgraded it to Python 3.6 (here in the shebang line you should mention 3.5)
    I have modified the below file:

    sudo vim /usr/bin/gnome-terminal
    Modify the first line from #!/usr/bin/python to #!/usr/bin/python3.5

    Try to start the terminal now 🙂

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