I installed standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS about a fortnight ago and everything has been working fine. Yesterday I installed Wine via the standard package manager and then installed a simple windows exe WBridge5 (using wine) and then ran it a couple of times using wine and all was fine. Note that this may be irrelevant.

Today I started my DELL Inspiron 6400 and after entering my password the standard desktop appeared without my previously set background; the file mgr appears automatically (without the recent files icon) and the following message appears:

"Oops! Something went wrong. Unhandled error message: The name org.gtk.vfs.Daemon was not provided by any .Service files."

After acknowledging the message, my programs operate but WITHOUT a text menu showing on the top menu bar. There are other minor inconveniences such as Alt+Tab doesn't work and there is no "Recent" option on the Files program and "System Settings Appearance" cannot be changed. The show stopper for me is that unless a program has a non text menu method of running a menu option, you are stuffed. This affects Libreoffice really badly.

I have searched the web for the error message above and tried various remedies, including uninstalling wine and removing ubuntu-desktop and reinstalling it using dpkg. No success or change to desktop behaviour.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity

Now logged as an Ubuntu bug. See:


Following the following actions, the bug is now largely fixed but a few problems remain. (see below)

I removed and reinstalled the unity, compiz and then gconf packages e.g.

sudo apt-get purge unity
sudo rm /usr/share/dbus-1/services

The package removal process was not simple as there were lots of problems including the usual messages about dependencies and a number of messages about not being able to remove /usr/share/dbus-1/services files.

The situation now is that the window text menus now appear and Alt+Tab switches between windows.

Not quite clear what has fixed this - was it the reinstall or the removal of the dbus-1 directory. The following problems still exist:

  • Changes to System Settings Appearance don't save and existing ones take no effect, e.g. bland system background displays.
  • Unable to start the Terminal app. Ctrl+T does nothing. Ctrl+Alt+F1 continues to work fine.
  • The org.gtk.vfs message still appears at session start up.
  • Rubbish Bin AND Browse Network are NOT working on the Files app and the org.gtk.vfs message displays.
  • Ubuntu Software Center does not start.
  • The message is that systemd .service files didn't provide the service. Interestingly, I didn't find any ubuntu package that would provide a …vfs….service file. But just a blind guess: try to open a terminal (since you have problems, you can just switch between a terminal and graphical sessions with «Ctrl+Alt+F1/F7»), and try to enter sudo service gvfsd start and sudo systemctl start gvfsd. If they both would print errors about a missing service, try to run it manually /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfsd. Ah, I think you have to try it before you entered the password to enter the graphical session. – Hi-Angel Feb 20 '16 at 0:54
  • Many thanks @Hi-Angel, when I run /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfsd I get the following error: "Failed to connect to the D-BUS daemon: cannot auto launch D-BUS without X11 $DISPLAY (g-io-error-quark, 0)". Then no change to the desktop behaviour. Regards.............. Peter. – Pander Feb 20 '16 at 11:35
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    @Hi-Angel I put the system log in the main topic text yesterday. I don't know if you saw it. I think that dconf is not starting/operating correctly for me. Maybe its corrupted. I am unable to install lumbuntu and gnome-session because I get dconf problems. I am also not able to amend anything with the gconf tool. conftool GconfWARNING Client failed to connect to the D-BUS daemon The message when I start unity seems to be about gvfs, see : wiki.gnome.org/Projects/gvfs/doc No idea where to go next. I will probably raise a Unity bug if we don't solve the problem soon. Thanks........ Peter. – Pander Feb 23 '16 at 12:35
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    Yeah, I didn't see that. Sorry, I took a look at the log, and have completely no idea what to do further, my eyes couldn't catch hints of what could happened. Interestingly, your question have too much views — assuming that the question felt down under other questions long ago, it seems that you're not alone with that problem… – Hi-Angel Feb 23 '16 at 18:25
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    @Hi-Angel, many thanks. As indicated, I have now raised an ubuntu bug. See >bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gvfs/+bug/1548841 Many thanks....... Peter. – Pander Feb 23 '16 at 18:58

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