[xubuntu-users] Slow opening folders on Xubuntu 20.04

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Wed Jun 3 20:05:12 UTC 2020

On Wed, 3 Jun 2020 13:51:11 -0400, Phil Staub wrote:
>Does this sound familiar to anyone?


no and I neither have got Xubuntu installed, nor am I using Xfce at the
moment. However, my first guess was, that it might be related to gvfs.
I don't have got gvfs installed, but both Thunar and Nemo are able to
access the Desktop folder without the gvfs dependency on my machine.

Taking a look with 'strace' might help, if Thunar suffers from a delay.
Without a delay it is very confusing, due to the amount of output,
that at least I get on my machine.

If you run 'top' from command line, does it show something when the
delay happens?

What kind of folder are on your desktop? Real folders or links or mount
points? Is the Desktop folder part of the root directory or on another

What output do you get, if you run

  ls -hAl ~/Desktop/

from command line.

Is there a delay if you run

  cd ~/Desktop/a_folder/


  ls -hAl ~/Desktop/a_folder/


Just for testing purpose install spacefm/spacefm-gtk3. It's a very
customizable file browser that doesn't have a dependency to GNOMEish
bloatware helpers such as gvfs.

  sudo apt update
  sudo apt install spacefm-gtk3

Do you experience the same delay issue when using spacefm?

You can remove spacefm by running

  sudo apt purge spacefm-gtk3

Alternatively install 'spacefm' instead of 'spacefm-gtk3', but start by
testing 'spacefm-gtk3'.


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