I've been having this issue for a while where I come to open the Terminal and I'm met with this screen Terminal Error Terminal Error

I've already deleted the com.apple.terminal.plist to no avail. The really interesting thing is that SOMETIMES it works, maybe 1 in 50 times. I litrally have no idea what might be causing it and after searching the web for the better part of half a day it seems everyone elses issues are fixed when they delete the plist file.

Has anyone any ideas of how I might sort this out. I've tried running different shells (bash and zsh), but I still get this log in screen.

Also when I use Activity Monitor, I can see there is no shell running just the login.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Terminal Error

  • Have you tried clicking Default login shell - when terminal start no login sheall has run yet - OSX is nt the same as many other Unices here – user151019 Dec 30 '18 at 12:10

What worked for me was:

  1. Completely close all terminal windows.
  2. Open Finder from the Dock.
  3. Press Control+Shift+G and type in ~/Library/Preferences/, then press enter.
  4. Locate the file called com.apple.Terminal.plist and rename it (using highlight and then single click) to com.apple.Terminal.OLD.plist.
  5. Re-open the terminal app.

Note that the file might also show up in Finder as com.apple.Terminal if you do not show extensions by default.

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    I believe it's Command+Shift+G And for the record, clearing terminal preferences (.plist file) doesn't solve the issue. It's believed to be an issue with user account authentication in general rather than the terminal app. – Mohammad Badrah Jul 20 '18 at 12:56

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