Terminal will not launch :O

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  1. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    Blimey!

    Only 2 weeks and I've already messed up OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger).
    I've installed XCode that comes with this OS and Terminal launched successfully. A few days later I tried to install iPhone SDK for Leopard (hey I tried) and it failed; giving me some kind of error that the my system didn't support it and that some components (library?) would install.

    This is my very first Mac and I need your help, please.
    OS X 10.4.11 on TiBook PPC 667Mhz G4.
     
  2. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    Lend a hand?

    Anybody?

    I tried launching Terminal in Finder - I get the zoom effect but nothing loads.
    I tried from SpotLight - same symptom & results.
    I tried launching from the Dock - Terminal bounces 1 time, same results nothing loads. Its not showing as running.

    Any ideas on how to fix this?
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    It's only been 2 hours since you posted, chill. People don't live here.

    Try deleting the Terminal preference file, ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist

    You can also check Console just after trying to open Terminal and see if it has any error messages that may allow you to diagnose the problem further.
     
  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    In addition to the above, check the logs. I am sure you will be able to gather something from there. Chances are it is indeed the plist.
     
  5. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    Sorry about that ... got anxious and impatient. My apologies.

    I tried your second suggestion, and launched Console - didn't even know what that was for. Then launched Terminal which again failed.

    Console shows:
    Logs for Terminal shows:
    Is this a plist situation? I'm not even aware of what a plist is.
     
  6. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    I tried deleting (Option+Delete Key) the terminal plist file and kept it in Trash, tried to launch Terminal again ... same sympton, same result as before.

    Console reports:
     
  7. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    I've Booted up form the DVD and launched Disk Utility. Checked for permissions, a few errors but repaired successfully - nothing related to terminal listed in the permission errors. Checked the disk (HDD) and seems to be ok listed.

    I was able to launch terminal from the DVD without issue - no commands entered. Rebooted. Still, Terminal crashes.
     
  8. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502

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    Put your installer disk in while running, and go into the installer disk's Applications folder, then Utilities and just drag that Terminal to your hard drive Applications folder.
     
  9. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    Weeee! Thanks dude. That did the trick! Finder prompted me to replace stating "are you sure you wish to replace with an older version" I selected yup and ejected OS X DVD. Tested worked.

    I'm still very curious what the plist file is all about. Gotta to read more. OS X is really deep ~ much more than what I thought.
     
  10. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    What happened there is that you somehow got a version of Terminal intended for a different OS version, so it was looking for pieces of the system frameworks that either don't yet exist in 10.4, or don't exist anymore in 10.4.
     
  11. DeepIn2U thread starter macrumors 68040

    DeepIn2U

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    Thanks for the reply. I got a lot to read on OS X, and it'll take time to learn.

    Thank you everyone for lending the time and hand to help out. MUCH MUCH Appreciated.
     

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