Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 807103
*** VTE ***: Failed to load terminal capabilities from '/etc/termcap'
Last modified: 2012-04-02 22:15:20 EDT
Description of problem: Invoking another gnome-terminal window via <Button3>New Window, or <Button3>New Tab, gets the error message "*** VTE ***: Failed to load terminal capabilities from '/etc/termcap'" as the first line of the pane; and keyboard arrow keys <Up>, <Down>, <PageUp>, <PageDown> are not interpreted in that pane. <Up> and <Down> at bash prompt do not traverse the bash shell commandline history; <PageUp> and <PageDown> do not scroll in vi, etc. It is as if the keyboard cursor keys are ignored.
The first terminal pane Activities > Favorites > Terminal works OK: no complaint, and keyboard cursor keys act normally.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Invoke gnome-terminal via Activities > Favorites > Terminal.
2. Invoke a new terminal via <Button3>New Window, or <Button3>New Tab.
1. Keyboard cursor keys work.
2. The complaint "*** VTE ***: Failed to load terminal capabilities from '/etc/termcap'" appears as the first line of the new terminal pane, and keyboard cursor keys are not recognized.
Expected results: In the second and subsequent panes, then no complaint about terminal capabilities, and keyboard cursor keys work.
gresource list /usr/lib64/libvte2_90.so
Sorry, I upgraded all 3 of my test systems to gnome-3.4 over the weekend, and the problem no longer occurs. The new versions are:
[Note the file is now /usr/lib64/libvte2_90.so.9.3200.0
and the requested output is:
$ gresource list /usr/lib64/libvte2_90.so.9.3200.0
Downgrading only these packages:
Apr 02 19:00:36 Installed: gnome-shell-3.3.90-2.fc17.x86_64
Apr 02 19:00:45 Installed: gnome-terminal-3.3.0-1.fc17.x86_64
and logging out and logging back in gets "Oh no! Something has happened. Contact a sysadmin.". Rebooting does not fix this: still "Oh no! ..."
This is too much hassle, so I re-upgraded to current
and am moving on...