I recently uninstalled mono packages and may have removed something else I shouldn't have. I tried using apt-get to remove gnome-terminal and reinstall it, but I still see no text in terminal. I'm using xterm for now, which works fine, but I would rather have the option of using terminal.

  • try typing "reset" in terminal. – Francisco Tapia Aug 10 '15 at 20:08
  • It was the font color being the same and the background color. :| Not sure how it got that way. – Josh Aug 10 '15 at 21:54

this answer could help more to the OP, with a step-by-step guide to provide the solution.

Use colors from your system theme

  1. Select Edit ▸ Profile Preferences ▸ Colours.

  2. Check Use colors from system theme. The changes will be applied automatically.


Built-in schemes

  1. Make sure that Use colors from system theme is unchecked. Choose the desired color scheme from Built-in schemes, or select your desired color using Palette. Color scheme choicesvare applied automatically.

Editing Gnome Terminal Profile

Documentation Here

If doesn't help you should do a terminal initialization using reset command.

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