Ubuntu – Nautilus doesn’t work… from command or from unity

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I had a little bit of a problem when I uninstalled Gnome3 from my laptop (made it slower), and packages might have uninstalled a few things that nautilus needed in that process. Now, when I click nautilus from Unity side bar, it doesn't do anything. I type nautilus in terminal, and this is what it outputs:

tommydrum@crazypeople-ubuntu:~$ nautilus
Could not register the application: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod: No such interface `org.gtk.Actions' on object at path /org/gnome/Nautilus

When I right click nautilus from unity and click a subfolder, it works, but not when I type nautilus /home/tommydrum/Downloads. When I run nautilus as root, this happens (it does work, but this is output):

tommydrum@crazypeople-ubuntu:~$ sudo -i nautilus
[sudo] password for tommydrum: 

(nautilus:14182): Gtk-WARNING **: Failed to register client: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.gnome.SessionManager was not provided by any .service files
Initializing nautilus-dropbox 1.4.0
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension

(opens now..) (then I close it, goes back to commandline)

Any ideas what package I could reinstall? Or what package I might have uninstalled by accident.

Best Answer

  • This problem is probably stemming from the fact that you uninstalled GNOME 3. I don't know what version of Ubuntu you are running, but I know in version 12.10 Ubuntu actually shipped with an older version of Nautilus than the most recent GNOME version.

    Regardless, you must have switched Nautilus versions somewhere through the upgrade and some important files were lost

    My best recommendation without fully understanding the system would be to simply purge and reinstall Nautilus.

    This can be done with the following commands:

    sudo killall nautilus - this will make sure you kill the Nautilus program before you start working with it.

    sudo apt-get remove --purge nautilus - this will totally remove Nautilus and any residual config files.

    sudo apt-get update - this will make sure your sources are recent.

    sudo apt-get install nautilus - this will freshly install Nautilus again.

    Sources:

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/08/ubuntu-12-10-will-ship-with-older-version-of-nautilus https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/1:3.5.90.really.3.4.2-0ubuntu1/+build/3739314