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I am on Ubuntu 11.04. And Nautilus is very slow. It opens directories for 3-5 seconds even if a directory contains just a few small files. Even selecting of a file or directory with narrow keys is extremely slow and it rises my CPU usage up to 100%. It makes it almost unusable.

But I noticed that if I start my nautilus as superuser:

$ gksu nautilus

then it works just fine. It is fast and responsive.

So what can I do to fix this? Any help is really appreciated.

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I fould this on

Is your Nautilus slow to open directories?

Fix Naultilus slow loading some directories.

If nautilus is taking an age to load some directories on your computer then you may have Assistive Technologies enabled.

Simply go to the System menu on your desktop and then in Preferences. Click on Assistive Technologies.Untick the box marked "Enable Assistive Technologies" and choose "Close and Log Out" at the bottom of the window.

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I found this bug report on Launchpad that now has expired; in the comments someone told that the problem can be related to the nautilus dropbox plugin, but I don't know if this is the case.

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Switching the directory view from detailed to compact made a big difference for me on Lucid.

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