After upgrading to Ubuntu 13.10 I get a lot of error messages with no info when the desktop starts:

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How can I solve this? I tried to update and install kde-full and gnome. But it was not solved.


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The following answer by rubo77 here fixed it for me:

Ubuntu has an error reporting system called apport which tries to catch all program crashes in the background and report them to help the developers.

It seems that after a dist-upgrade there are stuck some reports that are tried to resubmitted somehow, but disabling apport is not a desirable solution.

Remove old crash-reports

Remove all old crash-reports that might exist in the crash-report directory:

sudo rm /var/crash/*

After a reboot the popups are gone.

Any further new pop-ups still need to be investigated. If you want to see the details look in /var/crash/ for any new reports.

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    Worked flawlessly. This is a bug, right? The logs should be cleaned after reporting or after the upgrade.
    – Pablo
    Nov 27, 2013 at 18:36
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    Worked perfectly for me too. I did a cd /var/crash && ls to check if there was anything there and indeed there was. Thank you so much! Feb 18, 2014 at 22:31
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    Would you be able to help point me in any direction to help understand how to read the crash reports from this app?
    – Jonathan
    May 24, 2014 at 16:16

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