I first discovered this when trying to install Retropie.
I found that calling retropie_setup.sh directly from Launcher does not work. It goes to the loading screen and then black and then back to Launcher.
I have since tested it on other similar curses-style interfaces such as alsamixer with similar results. It seems that in all cases I am not able to launch any of these terminal-based GUIs from the Launcher.
Any help or insight into what is happening would be appreciated.