Can't Open on MAC

John Ralls jralls at
Tue May 5 23:22:18 EDT 2015

> On May 5, 2015, at 2:14 PM, Paul Carini <paulcarini at> wrote:
> Hey, I hate to keep bothering you.  My Terminal window does not have a prompt or flashing cursor.  If I double click at the end of the second line, a blue line, like a text block, appears.  If I hit return, it duplicates the last line, so it looks like this:
> Last login: Tue May  5 16:55:13 on ttys001
> paul-carinis-macbook-2:~ pcarini$ 
> paul-carinis-macbook-2:~ pcarini$ 
> If I double click below the existing text, and copy in your phrase hoping it will appear as a separate line, it instead adds the phrase to the end of the existing second line, looking like this:
> Last login: Tue May  5 16:58:08 on ttys000
> paul-carinis-macbook-2:~ pcarini$  /Applications/ --debug --logto=stderr 
> My Terminal window, before I attempt any changes, has a cylindrical "tower" at the end of the second line which does not show up when I copy and paste the contents.  This black quarter inch tower is where I have placed a red X on the copy below.  (I don't know if this has any significance or is interfering with my trying to follow your instructions.)
>> Last login: Tue May  5 17:00:03 on ttys000
>> paul-carinis-macbook-2:~ pcarini$ X
> Sorry, this is the best I can explain what is going on.  Very frustrating!  thanks again for your patience.

“paul-carinis-macbook2:~ pcarini$” *is* the prompt. The “black tower” is probably the cursor (mine’s gray, but that’s probably because I’ve messed with some stuff. You’ll notice my prompt is different in the attached screenshots), which indicates where the insert point is for typing.

On the “picture’s worth a thousand words” principle, here are some screen shots. First, the Terminal window with nothing typed in:

Next, with the command typed in but before hitting “return”:

Last, the *top* of the output after hitting return. Since GnuCash didn’t crash for me and —debug generates a lot of output, I had to scroll back many page, which is why the cursor isn’t visible.

John Ralls

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