Nautilus totally unresponsive

Rashkae ubuntu at
Tue Feb 9 22:46:03 UTC 2010

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) wrote:

> Now why didn't I think about deleting ~/Desktop? Actually the thought 
> had crossed my mind but I Googled and got lost in the general mayhem of 
> free advice. Just goes to show how Google is actually leading to brain 
> disease. I'm absolutely struck dumb and stupid by the solution which was 
> staring at me but which got downsized by Google.
> It should have been the very first thing I did, but no always too open 
> to suggestions on the forum, and a million other suggestions all not the 
> right one. Thank you Rashkae, I owe you one.

That narrows down the problem, but we should investigate what file, 
exactly, was causing such mayhem.  It might just be a very serious bug 
in Nautilus, which you might consider nothing more than an academic 
exercise. I would be concerned about the possibility of an I/O error, 
such as a bad sector on the HD that was causing the thumbnailer / Mime 
detection to freeze.

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