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Old 09-03-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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Where Did The Command Prompt Go?


Hey Everybody!

This has got me curious:

When I'm in terminal (Ubuntu 10.04) and do the "gksudo nautilus" command, all works fine- but when I am finished and ready to do another command (whether I close out Nautilus or not) there is just a flashing cursor in the terminal- i.e. no command prompt - no "ignatz@mrcomputer~$"

If I try and enter a command at the flashing cursor...nothing happens- and if I try using the arrow keys, etc. some weird symbols just appear on the screen.

So I have to end up closing the terminal, then restarting it in order to issue the next command.

Is something wrong here?....or am I supposed to do something to get back to a command prompt after using gksudo?
 
Old 09-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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(whether I close out Nautilus or not)
maybe the gksudo doesn't end that why closing the nautilus doesn't get you back the prompt. Run the command in background and see if it solves your issue. You can run a command in back ground by adding the "&" character at the end of the command. Of after having launching it, hit "^Z" (CTRL + z), you'll then have a prompt, then use "bg" command for your stopped command to resume.
 
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:31 AM   #3
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last command is already running: try to do a "CTRL+C" in the terminal window (this will finish the running process)
 
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Hi,

I don't use nautilus, but it looks like that this program generated some output that was send to the terminal. Depending on what was outputted the terminal can get messed up by that. I've seen this happen with other programs before.

Sometimes typing reset and pressing enter will solve the problem, sometimes you need to close the terminal and start a new one.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:21 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone!

I tried all the suggestions...and they ALL work!

Funny thing is....now after having done that, the command prompt is returning by itself (normally) even after I close the terminal and restart it.

So problem solved...to the extreme!

These are the great little tips that most of the tutorials and references don't teach you.

I devoted a few pages in a notebook to just keeping a reference of all the useful commands I'm learning.
 
Old 09-03-2010, 02:33 PM   #6
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Another suggestion. Press Alt+F2 to open the "execute command" window (not sure what it's called in an English language Ubuntu) and enter the command there.
 
  


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