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The system crash dialog is annoying me, how can I turn it off? I'd also like to know how to turn it back on just in case I need it to report a problem.

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since this seems to effect numerous people, is it a bug with apport itself? –  Thufir Nov 15 '14 at 0:04
Not sure but I also think the crash dump may contain full text files for ex. so if you have sensitive data on it, better keep it disabled. I think, every time a crash happens and that pops up, we should be clearly informed that a crash dump of like 200MB will be uploaded and it will contain data you were editing on the application. I finally found something that I dislike on ubuntu :(, never thought this day would come... –  Aquarius Power Mar 22 at 23:45

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You need to edit /etc/default/apport

Graphical: Open a terminal with (CTRL+ALT+T) and type this:

sudo -i gedit /etc/default/apport

and then push ENTER. You password is being typed, but will not display as dots.


Command line:

sudo nano /etc/default/apport

A file editor is now open. Change enabled from "0" to a "1" so it looks like this:


To turn it off make it:


Now save your changes and close the file editor.

You can also use sudo service apport stop to turn it off temporarily.

See also :

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Isn't it the case that "service apport stop" will stop it for the present, and setting enabled=0 is what turns it off at boot? –  Silvio Levy Mar 17 at 7:26
  • Click on ubuntu icon, search for "System settings"
  • Select Privacy > Diagnostics tab
  • Unlock
  • Tick "Send error reports to Canonical"

Ubuntu 12.04 > Privacy > Diagnostics tab > Send error reports to Canonical

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This didn't seem to do anything for me, still getting system error pop ups. –  xamox Oct 11 '12 at 18:53
I had this checked, and it still wasn't sending error reports. Looks like it has to be enabled from the command line. –  colan Jan 24 '14 at 21:51
btw, it didnt change /etc/default/apport –  Aquarius Power Mar 22 at 23:16
sudo service apport stop ; sudo sed -ibak -e s/^enabled\=1$/enabled\=0/ /etc/default/apport ; sudo mv /etc/default/apportbak ~

The above script should stop apport, then take a backup of its configuration file, disable apport on boot, and lastly moves the backup to your home directory.

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Thanks! Out of all three of the answers, only this one worked for my friend when we overwrote Ubuntu onto his Chromebook! –  Pip Sep 6 '14 at 23:52

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