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I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and sometimes Nautilus icons stop being displayed and it looks like this:

broken stuff

Is there a way to fix this without rebooting?

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It seems that something crashes. You can know what has crashed looking at the oputpu of dmesg | tail and then launch that program again. – dadexix86 Mar 25 '12 at 11:26
As I can see in the image, this situation may be caused because Nautilus can't access both /usr/share/themes and /usr/share/icons (probably it can't access any superuser directory). I don't know why it might caused, but I think that this is the problem. – Alfredo Hernández Mar 25 '12 at 11:27
@dadexix86, I couldn't find anything related there - perhaps because it happened a while ago and was overwritten – Fluffy Mar 25 '12 at 11:31
@Alfredo Hernández, but it works properly after I restart the PC - how could this be permission related? – Fluffy Mar 25 '12 at 11:32
Is this only happening to Nautilus, or with any GTK+ application? – Alfredo Hernández Mar 25 '12 at 11:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I had the same problem (Ubuntu 11.10 oneiric).

I installed GNOME Tweak Tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

It showed up as "Advanced Settings" in the menu (Dash home). I ran the tool and I started playing with some options, most likely the one that did the trick was: Theme-> Buttons Have Icons.

Hope this helps.


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