Nautilus totally unresponsive

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) ethnopunk at
Wed Feb 10 06:40:45 UTC 2010

NoOp wrote:
> On 02/09/2010 02:46 PM, Rashkae wrote:
>> 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.
> Could this also be a permissions/ownership issue (gksu nautilus worked)?
> Perhaps checking:
> $ ls -l
> and
> $ ls -l Desktop
> might reveal something. Mine is:
> drwxr-xr-x  2 gg gg  4096 2010-01-30 16:02 Desktop
> all of the icons on the Desktop are
> -rwxr-xr-x
> Note: I ran across a similar issue when trying to troubleshoot a desktop
> window decoration issue in NX. I'd copied the ~/.config etc., files over
> from a working user's configuration & couldn't figure out why some
> applications weren't starting unless I used gksu. Turns out my ~/.config
> folder & files ownership changed to root when I'd copied them over.
> Changed the ownerships back & all was well again.
Yeh, definitely something going on. Most of the files were rw-r--r--. 
There's also rwxr-xr-x. But don't see how this freezes Nautilus? The 
Desktop folder itself is drwxr-xr-x, although this might have changed 
when I moved it.


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