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    Nautilus too slow

    My nautilus is running very slow especially opening some particular folders. Let me explain in detail.
    If I try to open the Music folder from the links on the left panel, it will be lightning fast. The same thing, if I tried to open from browsing my home folder will take some time.
    Another example- When I try to open my Windows/Program files folder then nautilus is not able to open it only....it freezes and then I have to do a force quit. Same thing if I open it through terminal saying "nautilus /media/sda2/Program\ Files/", it will take time but will atleast open the folder.
    I tried switching to nautilus elementary, but no use.
    Also, i turned off the thumbnail view, preview and all the fancy features that nautilus provides, but still no use.
    Please, help. If nothing else, is there any way that I can reset my nautilus to its original state? (without reinstalling Ubuntu of course). The reason is I dont want to switch fron nautilus...
    Last edited by pranavk_uict; December 12th, 2010 at 06:52 PM.

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    Exclamation Re: Nautilus too slow

    I too have noticed that it takes too long to open certain folders.
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    Lightbulb Re: Nautilus too slow

    Consider deleting:
    Code:
    .gnome
    .gnome2
    .gconf
    .gconfd
    .metacity
    This will reset GNOME to its default but it did solve the slow opening of folders.
    Last edited by Rytron; January 16th, 2011 at 07:26 PM.
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    Re: Nautilus too slow

    Quote Originally Posted by Rytron View Post
    Consider deleting:
    Code:
    .gnome
    .gnome2
    .gconf
    .gconfd
    .metacity
    This will reset GNOME to its default but it did solve the slow opening of folders.
    but will deleting these folders will delete my other settings like some nautilus plugins that I have installed? Deleting these folders will remove all my customizations made in the appearance of my desktop look....

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    Re: Nautilus too slow

    Quote Originally Posted by pranavk_uict View Post
    but will deleting these folders will delete my other settings like some nautilus plugins that I have installed? Deleting these folders will remove all my customizations made in the appearance of my desktop look....
    Yes, most likely. Try moving them instead of deleting them. If it solves the speed problem, then you can try to compare the two sets of folders for differences, and try to isolate the problem that way. And if it doesn't solve the problem, delete the new instances and move your old stuff back.
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    Re: Nautilus too slow

    I read on another thread that this may be a problem with appmenu-gtk. I fixed the problem of slow nautilus by uninstalling this package and restarting nautilus.

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    Re: Nautilus too slow

    I was having this problem too!
    Before doing this, I found it quicker to launch sudo nautilus than to just launch nautilus... I'd have to change permissions of any files manually...

    This worked....
    Quote Originally Posted by Rytron View Post
    Consider deleting:
    Code:
    .gnome
    .gnome2
    .gconf
    .gconfd
    .metacity
    This will reset GNOME to its default but it did solve the slow opening of folders.
    All i had to do was remove ~/.gnome2 and ~/.metacity...
    Code:
    rm -Rf ~/.gnome2
    rm -Rf ~/.metacity
    Then everything just worked fine.. No more freezing on the Ubuntu One folder and no more waiting 5 minutes for nautilus to launch.

    In the future, is there a way to tell what process is holding things up?

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    Wink Re: Nautilus too slow

    Quote Originally Posted by outleradam View Post
    ...I found it quicker to launch sudo nautilus than to just launch nautilus
    Only run sudo nautilus when you need to. For normal use just run nautilus.
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    Lightbulb Re: Nautilus too slow

    Remember to log out and back in again for the changes to take effect.
    Last edited by Rytron; January 16th, 2011 at 07:19 PM.
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