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timbo
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Slow Nautilus

Post by timbo » Sun May 13, 2012 2:16 pm

For a while now Nautilus file browser is very slow and takes several seconds before it's entirely loaded and all folders are displayed. I don't remember encountering this behaviour on the fresh install of LMDe with Cinnamon. I accidentally deleted the Music library once from the sidebar after which /home couldn't be accessed and other weird things happened. I purged Cinnamon and Nautilus but neither step got rid of the problem.

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Re: Slow Nautilus

Post by DrHu » Sun May 13, 2012 2:26 pm

I might look at thumbnail display and perhaps reduce memory available for that method..
--If I was reinstalling nautilus, I would completely remove it and its initis, in your /home and by using purge with apt-get remove nautilus

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apt-get remove --purge nautilus

 apt-get clean
--you might not want to use this command, research on Internet !
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1157139

http://subbass.blogspot.ca/2009/05/is-y ... -open.html
  • When you log back in Nautilus should be opening directories instantly again. Apparently this became an issue in 8.10 when Assistive technologies was enabled by default
  • Anonymous said...
    I've been using Linux since the mid-90s and Ubuntu since 2007. Nautilus is a reasonably good window manager but it is not on par performance-wise with the rest of the OS. I have a pretty quick machine but it sometimes feels like I'm still in 1986.
    For example (with Assistive Technologies off), if one opens a window in list mode and tries to then click to open a subdirectory or type the beginning of a directory name in order to select it, Nautilus first updates all of the subdirectory's item counts before paying attention to the user input.
One could always choose a better file manager, such as Gnome commander
--that should be faster being derivative (in style or method) from the famous xtree http://www.nongnu.org/gcmd/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso ... e_managers

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Re: Slow Nautilus

Post by timbo » Sun May 13, 2012 5:55 pm

Thanks for your detailed response! I purged Nautilus and deleted the files in .config, disabled desktop management and the preview thumbnails, but Nautilus remained as sluggish as it had been before.

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Re: Slow Nautilus

Post by timbo » Tue May 29, 2012 7:11 pm

It appears that Nautilus-dropbox slowed the file browser down a lot and after removing it, the problem does not exist any longer. It's somewhat disappointing that I can't use it properly, but at least Nautilus runs again as it should.

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