gnome-terminal failing to start

Avinash Sonawane rootkea at
Tue May 19 14:20:08 UTC 2015

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> In this case, install the regular xterm or rxvt (or their
> -unicode version, if you need) and use those for further
> testing. Start "xterm" using Gnome's "Run..." dialog and
> then start the "gnome-terminal" (I think that's the binary's
> name) from within xterm. You should then be able to see
> an error message.

I completely forgot about xterm! When I tried gnome-terminal from
xterm it produced an error message as: "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 8"

After searching on the web a bit regarding the above error it turned
out to be system locale issue (which is C and not UTF-8 by default).

But then I found out other gnome apps were crashing at random and I
personally found GNOME3 to be very unstable so I deinstalled gnome3
and installed xfce4 which is my current setup.

> You're probably using a recent FreeBSD 10 system, so you're
> affected by the switch from sc to vt. This should help:

I am sorry but I couldn't get what I should do to access virtual
terminals. From the given link it seems Newcons is a work in progress
and may be in the next few months devs will patch the vt issue. Am I
wrong in assuming this or should I take any explicit steps to access
virtual terminals?

Avinash Sonawane (RootKea)
PICT, Pune

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