Problem with Nautilus

ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY zamb at
Sat Jun 4 00:22:44 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-06-03 at 17:34 -0400, Steve Zatz wrote:
> I am a relative newbie currently running Hoary on a Dell4300, which
> was upgraded from Warty to Hoary a month ago.   Today, I had a
> complete lockup with the screen going blank and when I rebooted
> everything seems to be working except Nautilus.  I can launch
> applications from the gnome menus without any problems.  However, the
> directories on my desktop have disappeared, and I cannot launch the
> Desktop or my Home directory from the Places menu. When I try, nothing
> happens. When I type 'nautilus' at a terminal prompt, nothing happens.
> I am tempted to reinstall nautilus using Synaptic but before I do so
> was just looking for some advice as to whether that is the right thing
> to do.  Thanks for any help.
> Steve

Try “nautilus --quit”.  It should take 20 to 60 seconds for Nautilus to
shutdown and restart again.  If that didn't work, run: 
        pkill -SIGTERM nautilus
Wait 30 to 60 seconds.  If nothing happened run:
        pkill -SIGKILL nautilus

All the above commands will try to:
      * quit Nautilus gently,
      * by force (but still in a gentle way),
      * and by killing it (very harsh, the process will not know what it
        hit it.  Avoid using “SIGKILL” unless you have to.

Tell us what you get.  If none of the above worked, please post the
output of:
        ps x | grep nautilus


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