I have a mysql 8 running on an ubuntu 19.10 on a desktop computer (a new think station).

Computer has a dual boot and two SSD hard drives (500gb and 1TB), both of then partitioned. In the small one I have the OSs and the big one is reserved to data. In the small one Ubuntu has like less than 200gb and in the big one a little bit less than 600gb. Root / is the 200gb while /home is the 600gb.

I moved the mysql storage to /home/data/mysql so I don't run out of space since I'm going to load a good chuck of data (~100gb 500 million rows).

I'm not usually on the desktop of the computer but accessing via ssh.

However, I've seen already twice a windows asking for authentication for gvfsd-admin process. I grant it and then the window stays there forever.

What is going on?


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    I had a similar issue. I cannot figure out what's happening but I managed to remove it by pressing the Alt+F2, type "r" in the command box, and press enter. GNOME should restart and the window will disappear. May 28, 2020 at 8:21
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    Got this with 20.04. Notably, popup requesting permission elevation in environment of non-admin user (which is impossible/non-secure). Definitely bug.
    – dess
    Aug 13, 2020 at 23:40
  • Ok so Alt + F2 + r is a workaround, but how do you actually stop this from happening again?
    – dspacejs
    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:25
  • @AleksandarNikolic where is this shortcut documented?
    – Dolanor
    Mar 28 at 23:29

2 Answers 2


Press Alt+F2, then in the resulting box type r and press the Enter key. This will temporarily resolve the issue by restarting the GUI desktop manager.

The underlying cause or bug is not clear yet.

  • The workaround helps, thanks. Is there an upstream bug report? I just hit the same issue. Fully updated system. It's 10 months later no bug fix yet?
    – user643011
    Dec 23, 2020 at 20:41
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    @user643011 Not sure if there is one. Feel free to log one! Thanks Jan 18, 2021 at 3:19
  • Another option to try is CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE. Note that doing this will completely restart your desktop environment; all work will be lost. Mar 26, 2021 at 11:51
  • I noticed that the rights for my directory does not have the "x" for the "all user" when I had this weird login request the first time. I tried to open a directory that belong to another user and group. No time to do more test so I just leave this info here.
    – Gildas
    Jul 14, 2021 at 8:49

On Ubuntu 20.04 I had the same problem of this window opening while wanting to browse some directories.

It was directories created after unzipping a zip file (in command line), missing the execute bit in rights.

Applying chmod +x on these directories fixed the problem.

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