I have just clean-installed ubuntu 14.04 + gnome 3.10 (the system is 32 bits since my laptop is just a HP G72 with 3GB of ram). I've also moved back some users data (.thunderbird, some docs, music and photos). By the way: there are two users (both admin - but my wife doesn't fiddle with sudo for sure).

Everything seems to be fine IF ONLY we log in after reboot / start. It takes no longer than 10 secs from entering the password to desktop, which is fine for a laptop some years old.

However, after having logged out (same happens for both users) it is extremely slow to log back again (or login to the other account). I tried (over and over again) to measure the time, but useally after 3 minutes I just go to a console, login as the "stuck" user and "kill -9 -1". After that, login time is fine again. Of couse until I log out...

As a temporary workaround I have

  • replaced .bash.logout with kill -9 -1
  • added rm -rf ~/.cache/ to /etc/rc.local

It helped, a bit at least. Now re-login lasts a minute or so (not several minutes)

Still, it is not much of a comprehensive solution.


Finally, I believe that my problems were due to tracker acting up. I disabled it following the dconf-editor advice found at:

tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs eating up my CPU on every startup

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