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I'm new to Ubuntu, I install it yesterday and I'm loving the system.

But there is a problem with Nautilus and I have no idea on how to fix this. Nautilus randomly loses its Ambiance theme, becoming all gray with a strange look, the icons also disappear too:

Doing a logoff or rebooting the system fixes the problem, but it happens again after a while, it seems completely random and it's quite annoying.

The Ubuntu version is 11.10 64 bits.

I will be very grateful if someone help me fix this.

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I think it's a different bug, this one just affects Nautilus. – Dennis Nov 28 '11 at 1:35

It's an annoying bug, reported here (though I'm not 100% sure that this isn't a duplicate of the bug I was looking for).

As a workaround you can run this from a terminal:

killall nautilus ; (nautilus &)
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Thanks for the help, the command works. At least I don't have to logout. But, there is a way to fix the problem permanently? – Dennis Oct 23 '11 at 4:30
@Dennis Probably the only permanent fix will be when the bug itself has been fixed. Everything else would just be a workaround. – Christopher Kyle Horton Oct 23 '11 at 7:12
@WarriorIng64 Ok so, I think I will wait for the update. – Dennis Oct 23 '11 at 18:50
Didn't happen to me until I updated to the 3.0 Kernel, and had to restart. Maybe that command can be run as a startup script? – SeanJA Nov 22 '11 at 20:41
Doesn't make any difference run the command in the startup, the bug is caused when an random application is closed. Btw, until now the bug isn't fixed yet... – Dennis Nov 23 '11 at 2:30

With older versions of Ubuntu, this was typically caused by a crash of gnome-settings-daemon. To fix it, I could press Alt+F2, gnome-settings-daemon, Enter.

I'd like to know if this workaround still works in Ubuntu 11.10. (So far I haven't seen this happen to me.)

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It's a different bug, g-s-d doesn't seem to crash in that case (at least nothing in /var/crash suggests it). – htorque Oct 22 '11 at 21:28

If you use nautilus -q command in terminal. it will solve. you just have to do it every time it happens. And open any folder after that command

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