My terminal is broken!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jdm111, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. jdm111 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    I'm having a problem with my I open it and all i get is a blinking cursor.


    I hope you can help, this problem just has me completely stuffed.

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  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Likely you edited a file such as .profile or .bash_profile, or you installed an application that did. These are hidden files inside your home directory (not everyone has them) so you will not be able to see them from Finder unless you have turned the visibility of hidden files one. Turning them on can be done with TinkerTool. It could also be done with Terminal, but that's currently decommissioned.

    Once you can see the file(s) you can open them in a text editor and fix what you changed, or if there's nothing important in them, just delete the files. Some text editors (like TextWrangler) can open hidden files from their interface so you don't have to worry about messing with the above app.
  4. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    When Terminal is running, go to your menu bar and pick Shell->New Window->Basic. See if you get anything beyond the blinking cursor you normally see in your current default "homebrew" themed terminal. If it works, then go back to terminal preferences and make basic your default for new terminal windows and you should never have to stare at the blinking green thing again.

    Now if you cannot get any text into terminal in any of its themes you might have a more serious problem. Let's hope this is simply a matter of a munged theme (homebrew).
  5. Denarius macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    Gironde, France
    Seconding Angelwatt here. Easiest way to reset them is to create a new user account on the machine and copy them over from one account to the other, being sure to change ownership on the files.
  6. jdm111 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008

    Thanks a lot for all the replies, i restarted my computer today and terminal is working again.
  7. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    beat me to it... you would be shocked at the number of computer problems that can be fixed by reboot.
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Rebooting as the first solution to fix problems should be a sticky.

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