Here a screenshot (in danish, the english equiv can be seen here https://askubuntu.com/a/187657/107445, similar question but the answers does not solve the problem)

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The very weird thing is, that this error only appears when I try to connect to a server from a nautilus opened as system user / gksudo. From a Nautilus opened as "anonymous" user there is no problems connecting to server. I am also able to connect to server from "places".

I have runned

sudo apt-get install gvfs-backends

and as suggested in this similar question https://askubuntu.com/a/187657/107445

sudo apt-get install --reinstall gvfs-backends 


sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

but still, this error appears, and only appears in Nautilus as system user. Does someone know the answer to this? I am completely stuck.


I got this error when trying to run Nautilus outside a desktop session - I'd just connected in with "ssh -X ..." from another host and typed "nautilus &".

If I run:

dbus-launch nautilus &

Then the error goes away and it all works. This makes sense as GVFS needs a DBUS session context, so I'm happy this is expected behaviour on my system. If I was seeing this same error when running Nautilus on a regular desktop login then I'd suspect a configuration problem, but it would still be worth looking at DBUS as a culprit.

Maybe the developers could make that message more helpful!

  • When I do this, I get Segmentation Fault. – MrD Nov 3 '15 at 10:51

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