I have recently(couple of days ago) installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS alongside Windows 10. Everything appeared working but today when I logged into Ubuntu, I am unable to access any folder (including HOME). When I click on the Files icon, there is a white circle rotating and nothing happens. How to get a permanent fix to this?

edit: When I run Nautilus in the terminal, I get this information.

edit2: Now, I have restarted Ubuntu and I am getting the same output when I type nautilus in terminal. However, to my surprise, now I am able to access folders(including Home) from Files icon.

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    Please open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t or super+t) and type nautilus, is your filemanager opening? – Kev Inski Aug 29 '16 at 9:14
  • No; edited the question with the obtained information from the terminal. – Naresh Aug 29 '16 at 9:59
  • Is Network Manager operating? – Graham Aug 29 '16 at 10:09
  • @Graham: How to verify this? Can you provide any commands? – Naresh Aug 29 '16 at 10:17
  • In terminal type ifconfig which should tell you if eth0 or eth1 link is up eg: Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST – Graham Aug 29 '16 at 11:05

After your edit2, that certainly seems like a network manager missing problem which I too have experienced since updating to 16.04LTS. When this occurs, I also find that by rebooting, it magically re-sets itself and works fine for quite a period of time before unexpectedly happening again. I notice it from the missing up/down arrow keys icon on the top bar of the screen which indicates network manager is not functioning.

An alternate to rebooting is to open a terminal and type:

sudo ifconfig eth0 up

sudo dhclient eth0

This should reset the network manager eth0 link to up for that session (at least) but may need to be repeated (or the system rebooted as discussed above) if it happens again.

I'm sure it won't be too long before some kindly soul comes along with a permanent fix for it.

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