Terminal Not Working

angelwatt

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Aug 16, 2005
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It sounds like the .bash_rc or .profile files got screwy, which would cause this type of issue. You may have installed an app that messed with these or other files. You can check if these files are present by entering,
Code:
/bin/ls -a
If they're there you can back them up (in case they contain something you need),
Code:
/bin/mv .bash_rc bash_rc
/bin/mv .profile profile
Then restart Terminal and see if it starts normally. If it does you'll know one of those files contains some bad syntax.
 

ceezy3000

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 10, 2009
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The Valley!!
It sounds like the .bash_rc or .profile files got screwy, which would cause this type of issue. You may have installed an app that messed with these or other files. You can check if these files are present by entering,
Code:
/bin/ls -a
If they're there you can back them up (in case they contain something you need),
Code:
/bin/mv .bash_rc bash_rc
/bin/mv .profile profile
Then restart Terminal and see if it starts normally. If it does you'll know one of those files contains some bad syntax.
I haven't installed anything new in 4 days or so and terminal was working fine yesterday. i entered the first code and got no response =[. It won't even recognize commands!
 

aesir911

macrumors member
Aug 11, 2010
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I am having the same problems, did you ever figure it out? does anyone know how to solve this issue?
 

MacHelper1

macrumors newbie
Jan 3, 2014
1
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for some odd reason terminal isn't working. It's not accepting any of my commands or even recognizing them as such. And it just opens up to a blank terminal window. Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't it supposed to open usr/bin/login?
I was getting the same problem and I did not know how to fix it. But then I decided to restart my mac. Trying doing so, it worked for me. It may or may not work for you though. Try it! :D
 
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