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Old 01-15-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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There was an error creating the child process for this terminal

ok so im definitely a newbie at this but im having a major problem w/ my gnome-terminal it was working fine then i stated to compile linux source so i could go on my way with aircrack-ng and the terminal stopped working it says ...'There was an error creating the child process for this terminal" i have installed it resintsalled it uninstalled it. googled it and found that it was bug 178164. im on ubuntu the "fix" i found didnt work i tried recopying the etc/fstab file editing it with the code it told me to. still nothing any help would be awesome
Old 08-07-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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Unhappy "error creating child process for this terminal" error msg

Did you ever get an answer to this question? I just started having the same problem myself. Disheartening to see no one has responded to your post. Is this a bad sign?
Old 08-04-2009, 08:34 AM   #3
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Hi. I had the same problem in Fedora 11 after latest updates. Try adding yourself to 'tty' group. Works for me.
Old 11-05-2010, 02:34 PM   #4
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Thanks! That was the solution for me on ubuntu too. I believe this actually relates to a permissions problem when using VNC. So for any user who wants to do vnc'ing you'll need to (as root) do

adduser theusername tty
...and the users will need to kill their existing vncservers. Log in with a new SSH session (to pick up the new 'tty' group) and start new vncservers.
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I get the messages "There was an error......" when it tries to update Flash Aid. Anyone else have that, or know what to do about it?


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