I am experiencing very strange problems with nautilus in my Ubuntu linux. When I go to Places and click Home Folder (or any other nautilus item, a bookmark, for example), nautilus hangs at the bottom for a while and the dissapears - nothing gets opened:

nautilus hangs

However, if I type nautilus in command line, or open a folder from the Desktop, everything works fine.

I cannot recall when it has started, but it gets quite inconvinient. What could be causing this behavour? If it's hard to tell, then how can I diagnose/debug the problem?

I have used 10.10 and recently upgraded to 11.04 (it did not solve the problem)

Thank you!

  • If you upgraded to 11.04, are you using the Unity Launcher? – Cas May 3 '11 at 17:11
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    @Cas no, i've switched back to classic :) – Silver Light May 3 '11 at 19:34

looks like a variant of this problem:


  • Actually, this solved the problem! I've opened a folder with "File browser" and everything is ok. Thanks! – Silver Light May 8 '11 at 11:50

I suspect you have wrong file associations.

You may change the files associations at:


Search in the files for:

  • You were right, associations were the problem, but Lorem, answer actually helped to solve it. Thank you for your effort! – Silver Light May 8 '11 at 11:51
  • I'm glad you could fix it. – desgua May 8 '11 at 13:12

i cannot EXPLAIN this but i want to suggest a simple workaround: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/04/how-to-add-folder-quicklists-to-the-home-launcher-in-ubuntu-unity/ it's all about editing /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop

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