I'm using gnome-shell and all seems to be good but I've only one problem. Nautilus seems to be very slow only when I use the theme "Faenza", with other theme is all great. In particular Nautilus is slow when switching from one Nautilus window to another the gtk is slow to load and i have to wait about 1-2 seconds before the right colours are shown.

How can I fix it? Has anyone had problems like this? I'm using Ubuntu 12.10, Gnome-Shell 3.6.2 and Nautilus 3.6.3.

  • I've used this ppa ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu
    – Francesco
    Dec 20, 2012 at 19:02
  • If anyone thinks he knows just what may be the problem (not the solution) do not hesitate to comment!
    – Francesco
    Dec 23, 2012 at 15:00
  • I installed it and use gnome-tweak to change the icon theme. Do not feel any slowness with nautilus. Check ~/.xsession-errors to see if there are any info. (gnome-shell 3.4.1-0ubuntu2, nautilus 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu6)
    – John Siu
    Dec 27, 2012 at 18:28
  • The problem is not the icon theme but the gtk theme. With any other theme (gtk) nautilus go fast. I don't know what is the problem, but it keeps me awake at night, it makes no sense. I don't know how to post the file ~/.xsession-errors because is very huge.
    – Francesco
    Dec 27, 2012 at 23:47
  • It is safe to delete ~/.xsession-errors. Then logout and login, open nautilus, and check what is in xsession-erros.
    – John Siu
    Dec 28, 2012 at 0:23

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Use the Ubuntu tweak's janitor tool to clean the old packages, icons and cache from cruft. It could be because of too much cache. Your problem is very unique and is not an general issue. Try my suggestion it might help

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