View Full Version : [xubuntu] Thunar Not Responding

April 30th, 2010, 10:05 PM
So, suddenly I can't get Thunar to respond beyond ONE LEVEL of clicking with my mouse. I click on one directory, and then no files or directories in that next level may be opened/selected/anything. It just gets stuck.

I'm thinking I must have bumped some control, but I can't for the life of me figure out what's up.

I reinstalled using Synaptic hoping it would fix the issue. I rebooted several times. No joy.

Any help to debug this issue?

May 1st, 2010, 09:51 AM
i do have same problem, after i updated my karmic koala to lucid lynx, thunar started not to respond any activity, and when i right click on the files, it responds like there is an empty space. double click and using keyboard to enter is useless!

Jose Catre-Vandis
May 1st, 2010, 11:44 AM
It's a bug in GTK in Lucid

Workaround is to use any view other than Detailed, so choose Icon or Compact. You can go to Detailed by pressing CTRL + 2, Icon CTRL + 1, Compact CTRL + 3 on keyboard.


Can also offer a fix of sorts (although you lose some of the button and window smoothing in general)

You need a running copy of Xubuntu Karmic and have to copy two files:


On Xubuntu Lucid rename/backup the corresponding files:


The first file will probably disappear as it is a shortcut to the second file, but do not worry.

Then as sudo/root, copy the two Karmic files into /usr/lib

Log out/login in and Detailed view should work OK, but you will notice some changes to the interface (a bit squarer/clunky instead or more rounded and smooth)

You should easily be able to reverse this change by replacing the original files

NB: This is not as clever as I first thought, and seems to break other parts of the system, e.g. could not open up Hardware Drivers from the system menu, unless I reverted.

This bug has been known about for months, and is crazy it has not been fixed in time for the LTS release

May 1st, 2010, 06:09 PM
Confirmed error. Work around by selecting by mouse and getting in the directories with Enter (do NOT double click!)

A bit weird but it works for me :D

May 2nd, 2010, 12:07 PM
The bug report : https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/thunar/+bug/520118