Gnome Shell non-recoverable crash when opening Nautilus more than once.

Bug #1164086 reported by JaSauders on 2013-04-03
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 64 bit
Gnome3 PPA enabled
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade this morning
Gnome Shell

If I have no windows open and I open Nautilus, it crashes the user interface. In my experience, Gnome Shell always recovers from this on the first time and re-launches itself without issue. If I open Nautilus a second time with no other windows open, it crashes the user interface again. This time it doesn't restart Gnome Shell and I'm left with a borderless Nautilus window with a black background. The super key and hot cornering to the upper left does nothing.

I duplicated this on two systems.

2010 Macbook Pro, both with Nouveau driver and Nvidia 313 driver.
Toshiba Z835 ultrabook with integrated graphics from Intel i5 CPU.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Package: gnome-shell [origin: LP-PPA-gnome3-team-gnome3]
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-16.26-generic 3.8.5
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CrashDB: ubuntu
Date: Wed Apr 3 14:21:47 2013
DisplayManager: gdm
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'clock-format' b"'12h'"
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'clock-show-date' b'true'
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'gtk-im-module' b"'gtk-im-context-simple'"
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'icon-theme' b"'F-Dark-Color'"
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-04-01 (2 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Alpha amd64 (20130331)
MarkForUpload: True
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: gnome-shell
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

JaSauders (jasauders) wrote :
JaSauders (jasauders) wrote :

I was advised to run a command in the CTRL ALT F1 menu, then switch back to the GUI and cause the system to crash. Here was the command I was instructed run:

export $(strings /proc/$(pidof gnome-session)/environ | grep DBUS) && DISPLAY=:0.0 gnome-shell --replace >gnome-shell.log 2>&1

And here is the output:

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Stinger (e-mindahl) wrote :

I have exactly the same bug as JaSaunders.
I opened a new bug with all information from apport attached.
Have a look at

Changed in gnome-shell:
importance: Unknown → Critical
status: Unknown → Incomplete
Stinger (e-mindahl) wrote :

I can replicate this with GNOME Shell from the Gnome3 ppa. Just crashed it three times in a row using the steps below.

1.login to a fresh Gnome session with no other apps open three instances of nautilus/files ( done with 'new window' every time )
3.Now close all three windows
4.Open nautilus/files again, Gnome-Shell will crash and recover again
5.When GS has recovered, close the nautilus/files window, GS will crash permanently but you are still able to use nautilus without window borders
6.To shut your PC down you can use Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get the command line, login and do 'sudo poweroff'

It's the same type of crash over and over again.

Stinger (e-mindahl) wrote :

Re #5 above

Edit to 5. Should have been:
"5. When GS has recovered, close the nautilus/files window and open it again, GS will crash permanently but you are still able to use nautilus without window borders"


Changed in gnome-shell:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-shell:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in gnome-shell:
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-shell - 3.8.3-1ubuntu3

gnome-shell (3.8.3-1ubuntu3) saucy; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/git-dont-crash-for-unstaged-widgets.patch:
    - Git patch to fix GNOME Shell crashing when, for instance,
      Nautilus is ran with not other apps running (LP: #1164086)
  * debian/ drop obsolete gconf dependency
 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:31:49 -0400

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-shell:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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