Few days ago I started having some problems with nautilus.

Basically when I'm trying to get into a folder it crashes. It's not happening all the time, but in 85% it does... Sometimes, after the crash all my desktop icons are also gone.

The only thing that I think causes this is Ubuntu Tweak - I'm not sure, but the issues started after I did the Package cleaner from Ubuntu Tweaks...

Any ideas?

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It seems I fixed this problem doing these:

1) I uninstall this nautilus script - http://mundogeek.net/nautilus-scripts/#nautilus-send-gmail 2) I installed nautilus elementary

So far is back to normal... If anything bad happens again I will come back!

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First time, after running the command (nautilus --quit; nautilus --no-desktop) 3 times all the system crashed (except the mouse, I could move the mouse).

After restart I run it and obtain this:

----- Initializing nautilus-gdu extension Initializing nautilus-dropbox 0.6.7 (nautilus:2966): GConf-CRITICAL **: gconf_value_free: assertion value != NULL' failed (nautilus:2966): GConf-CRITICAL **: gconf_value_free: assertionvalue != NULL' failed Nautilus-Share-Message: Called "net usershare info" but it failed: 'net usershare' returned error 255: net usershare: cannot open usershare directory /var/lib/samba/usershares. Error No such file or directory Please ask your system administrator to enable user sharing.

and then this:

cristi@cris-laptop:~$ nautilus --quit; nautilus --no-desktop (nautilus:3810): Unique-DBus-WARNING **: Error while sending message: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

  • What version of ubuntu you are using?Create a new user and see if that user has the same problem?This will help us to find the problem.
    – karthick87
    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:55
  • I am using 11.04 - it's a good idea to create a different user. I will try and see what happens. Thank you
    – chris_so
    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:14
  • Actually I'm using 10.10 - I just saw that in my About Ubuntu is written "You are using Ubuntu 11.04 - the Natty Narwhal - released in April 2011 and supported until October 2012." - don't know why though...
    – chris_so
    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:43
  • That is a bug,ignore it.
    – karthick87
    Jan 14, 2011 at 18:13
  • @ka7anax Now that you've figured out the problem post it as a seperate answer and accept it (it makes you wait a while before you can do that though), that is the equivalent of [fixed]. Jan 15, 2011 at 0:13

2 Answers 2


It seems I fixed this problem doing these:

1) I uninstall this nautilus script - http://mundogeek.net/nautilus-scripts/#nautilus-send-gmail

2) I removed a set of nautilus scripts previously installed - this pack

3) I installed nautilus elementary

I don't know which onow everything is back to normal

  • Same thing happened to me. I recommend no to use nautilus scripts, they leak memory.
    – user
    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:54

I've seen crashes with specific kinds of broken files, extentions and a couple of other querks.

Can you run nautilus from the command line like so, try it a few times if it fails the first time:

nautilus --quit; nautilus --no-desktop

Once you have nautilus running from command line without returning, browse around your filesystem until it crashes. Report back in your original question what the errors and warnings are.


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