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I use ubuntu 14.04. As copy/paste for no reason suddenly fails, since nautilus on ubuntu 12.10, I am looking for a workaround.

The workaround can be any trick you came by. I have several (10+) tabs opened and there is NO WAY to close and open nautilus with all them back opened? if there is, this would be a workaround! I, at least, could find no way even with qdbus (may be I dont know how to use it very well).

In case you know what causes this problem, I would like to know too, but not required.

I was thinking, if I could collect all tab locations thru, may be, qdbus, I could create a script to re-open them on a new nautilus window; but I cant find a way to do that...

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what did it say when failed? Do you have free space enough for copying certain data? Is the copying source local or remote? –  Ruslan Gerasimov May 31 at 2:01
    
it did not had a fail message! you just try "ctrl+c" and "ctrl+v" and nothing happens; nothing happens also if you use context menu and select copy or paste... the only way is to select the files and drag, that is the only thing that works; after begin dragging hold alt to choose what to do, that is the only way I found to move files when nautilus bugs out :(, so if nautilus is restarted it works again, but I loose all the 10+ tabs I was working on!!! the copying source is local and I have enough space. –  Aquarius Power May 31 at 5:00
    
there is this experimental script to workaround that: sourceforge.net/p/scriptechocolor/git/ci/master/tree/… –  Aquarius Power Jun 8 at 23:34
    
interestingly enough! –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 9 at 1:23

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I'm still missing the reputation to comment so sorry for posting this as an answer.

You shouldn't try a "workaround" if you would have to mess with config files. This is clearly a bug and it has been filed already.

Can you copy files if you drag them with the mouse while holding CTRL (a little "+" should appear beside the icon of the file you are dragging)?

Also try to start nautilus from a terminal (by writing nautilus) to see if it writes any error messages. Also try starting nautilus with sudo from a terminal: sudo nautilus and try if it works then (can be a permission issue if it does). However, NEVER use sudo nautilus for your regular work, even if it works as it is a security risk.

As a last resort because you will have to wait for the bug to be fixed you can try another file manager, e.g. Nemo which is a fork of Nautilus or Thunar.

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nautilus is too handy, I am looking for a workaround because I dont want to use another :). Btw, indeed using keyboard+mouse may work fine, that is a good tip; but actually try this: drag files with the mouse, after that hold alt keyboard key, then after that release the mouse key while holding the Alt key; it will show options for everything! if it works for you, update you question so I can upvote you; but I am still looking for a way to force nautilus work correctly :), check also the experimental script on one of my comment on my own OP. –  Aquarius Power Aug 14 at 17:20
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Uhm. I wrote that so you can try if just the copy/paste command fails or if nautilus is completely unable to create copies. I know the shortcuts ;-) –  Broco Aug 14 at 17:24
    
after it bugs out, it still can create copies but only when I hold ctrl or alt; I meant alt being more powerful as it can do more things, but some ppl dont know it like I didnt for a long time! ctrl+shift for symlinks but there was no option to move files "between two different partitions" other than the alt mode afaik (the default is to copy dragged files between 2 partitions); so your answer could be a complete workaround if it had that info :) –  Aquarius Power Aug 14 at 22:18
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Move files (even between partitions): Hold Shift, Copy files: Hold Ctrl, Create Symlink: Hold Ctrl + Shift –  Broco Aug 14 at 22:55
    
worked! holding these keys are less practical than ctrl+{c,x,v} but helps when we don't want to close 10+ tabs; I saw there, so it is really a bug; the intended workaround is still a way to "live with the bug"; the point is, if nautilus simply had an history of last opened folders that we could re-open on its restart, it would be easier to deal with this bug and any other bug that requires it to be restarted; also after reboot the machine we are unable to continue from where we were; so I miss that feature, and such a workaround could make that work (as that script does, with limitations tho). –  Aquarius Power Aug 15 at 4:05

A workaround i found is to restart nautilus

nautilus -q

Then open Files and now copy/paste should work.

I have checked this in Ubuntu 14.04 and it's working.

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but then I would loose all my 10+ open tabs :( –  Aquarius Power Jun 29 at 20:32

This a Nautilus bug, you can check it here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/1322925

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