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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.

PS.: you can help too by following @isync suggestion at comments below!

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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 '14 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 '14 at 5:00
there is this experimental script to workaround that:… – Aquarius Power Jun 8 '14 at 23:34
interestingly enough! – Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 9 '14 at 1:23
Known bug. Please click "this bug affects me" there to convince devs of its urgency. (and upvote @darkhole 's answer here) – isync Nov 14 '14 at 14:53

This a Nautilus bug, you can check it here.

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Thanks for digging up the bug report. – isync Nov 14 '14 at 14:52
Seems to be fixed now :) – darkhole Mar 16 '15 at 14:03
Yes, it has been fixed a few weeks ago. – isync Mar 17 '15 at 19:03
Not, it's not. I use Ubuntu 15.04, and couldn't understand why when I copied files, the result was always random - not all files copied, some files becomes corrupted, the progress bar moves too quickly and the real process continues even after the window has already disappeared etc. Bottom line, the UI-based file management process in the latest Ubuntu 15.04 RTM is completely unreliable. – Mike B. May 15 '15 at 5:46

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 '14 at 20:32

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 '14 at 17:20
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 '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 '14 at 22:18
Move files (even between partitions): Hold Shift, Copy files: Hold Ctrl, Create Symlink: Hold Ctrl + Shift – Broco Aug 14 '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 '14 at 4:05

I'm using the file manger Nemo on Ubuntu 14.04 and got the same problem. Copy, Cut and Paste suddenly stopped working.

After closing all file manager windows and reopen them it worked again.

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that is still a problem; if nautilus/nemo had some simple option to start and open all tabs that were previously opened, it would be ok. so if I have 10+ open tabs, what will I do? will be troublesome mostly because the problem can simply happen again any moment :( – Aquarius Power Dec 27 '14 at 18:34

An interesting workaround can be found here.

It basically makes symlinks to nautilus tabs folders at a /tmp,
restarts nautilus at that backup folder,
select all folders symlinks,
and open them all as tabs with "ctrl+shift+t".

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