gnome-terminal crashes with "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" immediately after start

Bug #1474927 reported by Karl-Philipp Richter on 2015-07-15
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This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

gnome-terminal crashes with "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" immediately after start

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: gnome-terminal 3.16.2-1ubuntu1
Uname: Linux 4.1.1-040101-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.17.3-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Wed Jul 15 17:38:31 2015
JournalErrors:
 Error: command ['journalctl', '-b', '--priority', 'warning'] failed with exit code 1: No journal files were found.
 Failed to get journal fields: Die angeforderte Adresse kann nicht zugewiesen werden
ProcEnviron:
 TERM=xterm
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set>
 LANG=de_DE.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Cerin (chrisspen) wrote :

Over a year old and no update? Is there any work around?

I received this error shortly after upgraded Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04. Then I had a hard drive failure and had to reinstall Ubuntu 16.04 from scratch, and the error went away. Then, after the first apt-get upgrade and reboot, the problem came back.

Google shows some people have fixed this by reconfiguring the locales package.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/608330/probelm-with-gnome-terminal-on-gnome-3-12-2

However, this solution seems to be hit or miss.

Mason Loring Bliss (y-mason) wrote :

Note: 1474927, 1578830, and 1652451 all seem to refer to the same issue. The
error code noted is documented here:

    https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Terminal/FAQ#Exit_status_8

This followed by a reboot or logging back in ought to resolve the issue:

    sudo localectl set-locale LANG=en_US.utf8

If you've done something invasive with locales, you might need to do something
more invasive to resolve the issue, as noted here:

    https://askubuntu.com/questions/608330/problem-with-gnome-terminal-on-gnome-3-12-2/651169#651169

Thanks to timeless on Freenode for the link to the exit status.

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