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This started to happen immediately after I had rebooted the first time after doing a system upgrade. It first starts with a dialogue that says "System program problem detected". Then when I try to hit 'report problem' not much happens. I am led through a dialogue that always ends up the problem cannot be solved.

I am aware this is not a lot of information, however I'm not sure which information I need to publish and how should I obtain it to debug this problem.

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Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type:

sudo rm /var/crash/*

Then hit Enter.

This will remove any old crashes, that might still be reported (in error). After a reboot/re-starting, any further pop-ups still need to be investigated.

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Disabling error-reporting is not a desirable solution!

Ubuntu has an error reporting system called apport which tries to catch all program crashes in the background and report them to help the developers.

It seems that after a dist-upgrade there are stuck some reports that are tried to be resubmitted somehow, but disabling apport is not a desirable solution.

Remove old crash-reports

Open a terminal and remove all old crash-reports that might exist in the crash-report directory:

sudo rm /var/crash/*

After a reboot the popups are gone.

If you don't want to reboot, you can close all open popups with:

killall system-crash-notification

(Any further new pop-ups still should be investigated. If you want to see the details,
look in /var/crash/ for any new reports)

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Open your terminal and type:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport

And hit Enter.

Change enabled=1 to enabled=0, then save and exit.

To solve this problem, you can watch this YouTube video.

See also: How do I enable or disable Apport?

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I have had the same problem when upgrading from 12.04 to a higher version. As it turns out, Ubuntu has an error reporting system called "apport", which was deactivated in stabled releases of Ubuntu until 12.04 and is reactivated now.

Manuel Jose has made an excellent quick-guide how to turn off the error reporting in apport

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