6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2010 8:18 PM by BobHarris
Ireene Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm trying to delete a program which is perpetually "in use" and I read that I can do that with the Terminal program.
The problem is I can't find it. I've looked in Applications/Utilities and I swear it's not there. So where is it???
PS I have OS X 10.6.2 on a Macbook Pro.
Thanks!!

Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • timothy632 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Are you the administrator for the computer?

    It should be in Applications/Utilites...

    Have you tried a spotlight search...Top right on your screen..just type "Terminal"
  • Ireene Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Since I am the only user, I assume so. If it's possible I'm not, I don't know how to check. (and I greatly appreciate if someone could tell me how)
    I've tried using Spotlight and it doesn't show anything relating to the program.
  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,840 points)
    The Terminal application is normally located in the /Application/Utilities folder. You can also quit applications/processes with the *Activity Monitor* application, located in the same folder.
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,735 points)
    If the Terminal is missing, and you need another terminal quickly, open the program "X11", which will launch "xterm" by default. This is another Terminal program that comes with OS X. If the program goes to full screen, you can exit this mode by pressing options-command-A.
  • Ireene Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So if Terminal and X11 do the same thing, is X11 the replacement for Terminal or vice versa??

    PS I was able to delete the program, apparently Trash deleted all the files except one and when I restarted the computer the last file was no longer in use.
    Still wondering about the Terminal program though...
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,580 points)
    No, X11 and Terminal are not the same. Terminal is a character cell terminal emulator.

    X11 (aka X-Windows) is a remote window display system, which is the foundation for Unix/Linux windowing system.

    xterm is a character cell terminal emulator which uses X11 to display its window. There several versions of xterm, some with more features than others, as well as some other X-Windows based character cell terminal emulators. Mac OS X includes X11 and its version of xterm. The other X-Windows terminal emulators would need to be downloaded, and perhaps built from sources on your system.

    There is another popular Mac OS X terminal emulator, iTerm <http://iterm.sf.net> which is Mac OS X based.

    Terminal should not be dying on your, but as was suggested, if you have X11 installed, as a short term work around, you can use the xterm terminal emulator until you get Terminal working again. Or you could download iTerm and use that.