I have exactly the following issue with Ubuntu 17.04 (Gnome shell and desktop installed)

When clicking on the Bookmark root or on one of the bookmarks below the mouse cursor gets stuck in "drag n drop" mode, blocking all keyboard entry and also mouse clicks for the the whole GUI (systemwide).


It`s a very old issue but without any concrete solution.

And happen not only in nautilus, others applications like kid3, KDE Connect, Kdenlive, Notes and others are affected. In many places of these applications a simple click stuck in "drag & drop" mode, is impossible to work with this problem, is very annoying.

Any idea or solution is welcome.

  • any relevant error message when running sudo journalctl -f ? – Ammar Lakis Aug 23 '17 at 14:32
  • Is it specific to Gnome? I'm asking because I can't reproduce it with Nautilus + i3, so either it was fixed, or it's specific to DE. Nautilus version is 3.24.2. – Hi-Angel Aug 25 '17 at 19:36
  • Same problem here on 17.10. Killing nautilus did the trick. – wout Apr 3 '18 at 8:23

For me, opening a terminal window and running pkill nautilus fixes it temporarily.

(But I don't know how to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.)

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    Seems like one shouldn't drag items on the desktop. At least in my situation, this always causes the bug. – Jason Silver Apr 11 '18 at 21:19
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    Worked a treat ! – Pixel Sep 20 '18 at 8:57
  • bloody annoying though – Jamie Hutber Apr 16 '19 at 0:24
  • I have not experienced this problem with the latest version of Ubuntu yet. So hopefully it's fixed now. – jonahe Apr 16 '19 at 9:25
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    you saved me, thanks! – landsman Jun 14 '19 at 7:43

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